County reviewing growth policy

The county planning board recently realized that it was coming up on the 5-year deadline to review its growth policy as required by state law.

The policy was last updated in May 2014.

Planning board members said this week that it had been pointed out to them recently that they needed to look at the policy and directed staff to put it on their April 16 agenda.

The current growth policy is available here.

The board voted to direct staff to review the growth policy and spent a significant amount of time Tuesday morning discussing with staff and members of the public who attended what the scope of review should be and how to solicit public comment.

Staff asked the board for direction on what they wanted in terms of a review and gathering public input.

Members of the public asked that the planning board review the growth policy before proceeding with any changes to the zoning regulations. They last had a public hearing regarding those proposed changes on March 26, but have taken no further action yet.

County staff report for March 26 zoning meeting is posted online

On Wednesday, staff posted on the planning division’s page of the county website that the county is seeking public comment on the growth policy.

Cascade County continuing review of proposed changes to zoning regulations

The planning board will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. May 21 at the courthouse annex, 325 2nd Ave. N., to consider whether revisions to the growth policy are necessary.

Meeting materials for the meeting may are available here.

Members of the public can give comments during the May 21 meeting, or provide written comments to the County Planning Division Office, 121 4th St. N., Great Falls, MT 59401 or by email at planningcomments@cascadecountymt.gov. Staff asks that the public comment form be used in submitting comments.

Comments will be accepted on a continual basis throughout the process, but in order to be included in the meeting materials for the planning board for their May 21 meeting, comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. May 13.