Please attend: Carbon County Commissioners Meeting Thursday, January 15

The final step in the process of establishing the Silvertip Zone occurs this Thursday, January 15, at the next Carbon County Commissioners meeting. The meeting will be held at the County Administration Building at 17 West 11th Street in Red Lodge, and this item is on the agenda for 10:30am.

The new petition addresses concerns raised by County Attorney Alex Nixon. Click to read the petition.

Click to read the petition.

The meeting is the last part of the required process to determine that the zone is in the “public interest and convenience,” as voted by the Commissioners last month. It is expected that the Commissioners will hear comments from landowners inside the zone who did not sign the petition. It is important to note that 68% of the landowners within the zone boundaries signed the petition submitted last month.

The meetings in this process have been characterized by good attendance by supporters of the zoning petitioners. Since this is the end of the process, it is absolutely critical to continue this level of support. This is an opportunity to show your support for the petitioners — please attend.

I’ll report on the discussions after the meeting.

Click to read latest draft of Carbon County Growth Plan

Click to read latest draft of Carbon County Growth Plan

The Commissioners should approve the Silvertip Zone. The petitioners have followed every step of the legal process to put the zone in place. The citizen initiated zone is consistent with the Carbon County Growth Policy that will be adopted by the Commissioners next month.

If you click on the draft growth policy by clicking on the graphic, you’ll find citizen initiated zoning listed as part of the natural resources development goal on Page 52:

5.2.A. Coordinate with landowners to enable citizen-initiated zoning districts (enabled through MCA 76-2-101) to mitigate potential impacts from natural resource development.

Once the Commissioners reaffirm their vote from last month, the next step will be establishing a planning and zoning committee, which will establish the rules for the zone.


About davidjkatz

The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area. This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
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1 Response to Please attend: Carbon County Commissioners Meeting Thursday, January 15

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