Missoula County Subdivision Regulations Rewrite Project: AGRICULTURE DESIGN STANDARDS & MITIGATION OPTIONS
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Current Agriculture Design Standards and Mitigation Options Documents
|Subdivision Regulations Agriculture Design Standards & Mitigation Options Time Line - Updated May 2015|
|2012||The 2012 Agriculture Policy Project was previously initiated to address agriculture policy in Missoula County and the agriculture provisions in the subdivision regulations in particular. That process was temporarily halted in winter of 2013 during the legislative session.|
|May 27-29, 2014||Open Houses - consider ideas regarding how agriculture is to be defined, how to assess significant impacts, and consider mitigation options.|
|July 1, 2014||Report results of open houses to
- July 1 Planning Board Agenda
- July 1 Planning Board Minutes
- Staff Memo
- Powerpoint Presentation on Open Houses
- Agriculture Open House Workstation Preview
|July 15, 2014||Planning Board Meeting
- July 15 Planning Board Agenda
- Summary of Comments on Framework
|August 5, 2014||Planning Board Meeting
- August 5 Planning Board Agenda
- August 5 Planning Board Minutes
|August 19, 2014||Memo delaying public hearing on regulations|
|September 10, 2014||Informal Agriculture Work Group
- Click here for Summary of Discussions with
Individual Work Group Participants
- Click here for Work Group Meeting Agenda
- Click here for Work Group Meeting Notes
|November 18, 2014||Planning Board Subcommittee
|December 2, 2014||CAPS & National Coalition
Building Institute Meeting
City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine, Missoula
Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 9:30 - noon
- NCBI Report
|Spring 2015||Consider alternative proposal|
|Fall 2015||Planning Board and Board of County Commissioner consideration of proposal - estimated|
For an overview and timeline of the entire Subdivision Regulation REWRITE project, click here.
Why are the
Agriculture Design Standards
and Mitigation Options in the subdivision
regulations and what are they?
- According to the Montana Constitution, the County Commissioners as an extension of state government have the responsibility and duty to protect, enhance, and develop agriculture.
- The Montana Subdivision and Platting Act requires that local government address the potential impacts of subdivision development on agriculture and agricultural water user facilities as two of the review criteria for subdivision review.
- Agriculture design standards and mitigation options are standards that guide subdivision design and mitigation when there is the potential of a subdivision to significantly affect agriculture and agriculture water user facilities. The current subdivision regulations include definitions of agriculture and agriculture water user facilities and general guidance as to how assess the impact of a subdivision on these criteria.
- Why are we rewriting
the AGRICULTURE DESIGN STANDARDS AND MITIGATION OPTIONS?
- The subdivision regulations assessment revealed a need to improve predictability for all involved (including landowners, neighbors, consultants, developers, staff, Planning Board, and Commissioners) in the subdivision review process, instead of the current ad hoc evaluation and case by case negotiation used to decide on the impacts and appropriate mitigation.
- The assessment noted a need to clarify what constitutes a significant impact on agriculture and identify a consistent set of mitigation standards that are known at the beginning of the subdivision process.
- What are the
guiding principles for rewriting the
Agriculture Design Standards and Mitigation Options?
- Provide clearer standards and definitions to address agriculture and agriculture water user facilities, describe what constitutes a significant impact on agriculture and agricultural water user facilities, and identify acceptable options for mitigation of impacts.
- Develop standards and definitions that are, as much as possible, based on community consensus.
Contact & Office Location
Questions about the project in general should be directed to Tim Worley, CAPS Senior Planner, at 258-4657.
200 West Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
323 W. Alder St.
Missoula, MT 59802
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Updated May 14, 2015