County seeking public input for updated growth plan

By: 
Mikaela Koski
Thursday, June 21, 2018

The process of updating Stillwater County’s growth policy has begun, according to a recent press release.

It is a two-fold process. The County Planning Board has started to review the existing growth policy and will identify necessary updates and important trends.

Throughout the summer, meetings will be held across the county to discuss community goals and objectives, as well as proposals to achieve these goals. On Wednesday, June 27, a 6 p.m. meeting will take place at the Park City Water and Sewer District office.

Meetings will also be held in Columbus and Absarokee, and additional meetings may be scheduled as needed. The growth policy will be discussed at regularly scheduled Planning Board meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the West Annex (431 Quarry Road in Columbus).

Comments can be sent to the County Planning Office at StillwaterPlanning@stillwater.mt.gov or to Planning Consultant Forrest Mandeville at Forrest@ForrestMandeville-Consulting.com.

More information, including updated meeting schedules and a citizen survey regarding growth in the county, can be found online at StillwaterCountyMT.gov/Planning/Growth-PolicyUpdate.

Growth policies must be updated every 10 years, as required by state law. The current Stillwater County growth policy was adopted in 2007. They are optional, but growth policies are important planning tools for counties, and may be necessary to adopt ordinances, secure grants, or implement planning strategies.

While a growth policy can inform a governing body’s decision-making, a growth policy is not legally binding and cannot force a governing body to take a specific action.

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