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Missoula County Rural Initiative

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Open Lands Citizen Advisory Committee (OLC)

The purpose of the Missoula County Open Lands Citizens Advisory Committee is to advise the Board of County Commissioners and represent the citizens of Missoula County in the protection and preservation of open space and the rural way of life for present and future generations.  Read more in the OLC brochure...

OLC Meetings

The OLC Monthly Meetings convene the third (3rd) Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the location noted on this website or noted on the agenda. All meetings are open to the public.

See Open Space Bond Project section below for information about current projects.

OLC Subcommittees

Click here for OLC Subcommittee Minutes and Agendas.

If you have questions, would like more information or to comment you can email, call 406-258-3432 or write to Rural Initiatives, 200 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802.

OLC Agriculture Policy Discussion

In response to the Commissioners' March 2011 letter, OLC recently completed a lengthy discussion regarding agriculture policy in Missoula County. OLC’s work has been compiled in a report that was forwarded to the Missoula Board of County Commissioners without recommendation. Click HERE for OLC's Agriculture Policy Report. For more information about past and ongoing discussions about agriculture policy in Missoula County, please view the new Agriculture Policy Project page.

Written Public Comments on OLC's Agriculture Policy Discussion (click here)

Good Neighbor Handbook:
Information for Rural Landowners in Missoula County

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Click here to view online (file size)

To pick up a hard copy, visit us at 317 Woody St in downtown Missoula. 

Open Space Bond Atlas

Missoula County Rural Initiatives created the Open Space Bond Project Atlas for the 5 Year Bond Anniversary Celebration. The Atlas includes projects approved from the County's portion of bond funds, the City's portion, and two joint City and County projects.


Click here to be directed to the Open Space Bond Atlas webpage.

Open Space Bond Information

Missoula County voters approved a $10 million bond in November 2006 for the purpose of preserving open space in Missoula County, with half allocated to the County and half allocated to the City of Missoula for use in the urban area.  An Interlocal Agreement establishes the procedures for administering the County and City Open Space programs.  The purposes for which bond funds can be used include:

In addition to its other responsibilities, OLC reviews and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) about projects in its jurisdiction area. It bases its recommendations on project evaluation criteria established by BCC resolution.

Current Open Space Bond Projects

Updated January 16, 2013

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