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Public hearing set for Wednesday regarding proposed zoning changes

Posted at 3:43 PM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 17:43:11-04
The Cascade County Planning Board held a meeting in February to discuss the proposed zoning changes. (MTN News File Photo)

The Cascade County Planning Board will hold a hearing Wednesday evening to discuss proposed revisions to county zoning.

The proposal by county planning staff aims to divide current agricultural districts into new mixed use districts. The new districts would be Mixed-Use 20 and Mixed-Use 40 (MU-20, MU-40) districts. Areas zoned MU-20 would have a minimum lot size of 20 acres while MU-40 would have a minimum lot size of 40 acres.

County planning staff said the proposed districts would help keep residential and commercial development closer to town and transportation corridors. They added the revisions would help preserve larger, agricultural areas for development.

Several community members have raised concerns about the proposed revisions at previous meetings. The concerns ranged from the growth policy to definitions of agricultural commodity and value.

Public comment is welcome at the hearing, but county leaders ask residents to keep their comments limited due to time.

The hearing is Wednesday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Family Living Center of the Montana ExpoPark.

Click here to view the proposed revisions.