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Gallatin County wants to hear from the community as it revises growth policy

The county has not updated its growth policy since 2003
Posted at 7:24 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 21:24:21-04

GALLATIN COUNTY — Gallatin County is the fastest growing county in Montana and hasn’t had an update to its growth policy since 2003.

The county is in the early stages of creating a new growth policy and is coordinating community outreach events to get residents involved in the process.

There are listening sessions scheduled for this week, including one Wednesday in Amsterdam at the Manhattan Community Bank at 4:30 p.m. There will be two sessions on Thursday, 1:30 p.m. at the Bozeman Public Library and 4:30 p.m. at Monforton School.

“It gives us a sense of what people value and what people like, and going forward, it helps us to create policies that can help protect those things,” said Gallatin County Associate Planner Garrett McAllister.

“If people are really passionate about open space, we know those are the policies that we want to put into the growth policy document to help protect what people love.”

A final growth policy is expected to be adopted by late 2020 or early 2021.