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Another subdivision is slated for west of Bozeman.

On Tuesday, the Gallatin County Commission unanimously approved the preliminary plat for a 104-lot subdivision near the intersection of Baxter and Love lanes.

The White Horse Ranch subdivision will sit on 60 acres next to the Black Bull subdivision and across from the YMCA. The subdivision is one of several developments expected to create hundreds of new homes in that area over the next decade.

The subdivision will include single-family homes and townhouses on lots ranging in size from 3,000 square feet to a little more than an acre. There will also be 12 acres of open space and two parks. One of the parks will be five acres and have play equipment, recreation fields and picnic shelters. The other will be 0.2-acres and include a pickleball court, a horseshoe pit and a picnic area.

Trails will run through the open space and the larger park. Plans for White Horse Ranch include easements that would enable the subdivision’s trails to connect to future trails along Baxter and Love lanes. The easements could help the county build a trail system linking the subdivisions between Bozeman and Belgrade.

As the area west of Bozeman grows, the county will need to widen Baxter and Love lanes from 24 feet to 28 feet.

There is no timeline for when the county would expand the roads, but the White Horse Ranch developer agreed to pave the portion of the two roads that abut the subdivision or to contribute money to the widening project.

When the county commissioners approved Creekside Meadows — a 96-lot subdivision off Baxter Lane — two weeks ago, the developer also agreed to contribute to the road widening.

The county commissioners hope that planning documents they are now creating — including the Triangle Plan — will help them better address similar infrastructure challenges as the county grows.

The Montana Department of Transportation recently finished road improvements that the commissioner said will help with the additional traffic that White Horse Ranch generates. The Department of Transportation constructed a roundabout at Baxter and Love lanes, installed streetlights and added a traffic signal and a turn lane at Love and Huffine lanes.

White Horse Ranch will hook up to the Four Corners Water and Sewer District, which is building a second wastewater treatment center near the intersection of U.S. 191 and Huffine Lane. The new facility will likely open this summer and will provide service to the growing number of homes in Four Corners.

“I think this is a very well done subdivision,” Commissioner Joe Skinner said.

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Perrin Stein can be reached at pstein@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2648.

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