New subdivision

A sign advertises a new subdivision Tuesday south of Belgrade.

The Gallatin County Commission has approved the final stages of a large subdivision south of Belgrade.

Gallatin Heights, between West Valley Center and West Hulbert roads off Jackrabbit Lane, has been in the works for more than a decade. It is one of the biggest subdivisions the county has ever approved and one of the only developments to weather the Great Recession, said Belgrade Planning Director Jason Karp.

The commissioners unanimously approved the final plats on Tuesday for the last 40 of the 342 single-family lots in the development. With that approval, work can now begin building homes on the remaining lots.

The project also includes one commercial lot along West Valley Center Road. Because the commission approved the subdivision in phases, many of the homes have already been built.

Gallatin Heights is in the triangle area, a rapidly growing space west of Bozeman between Four Corners and Belgrade. In recent weeks, commissioners have given preliminary approval for hundreds of new homes in the area, including White Horse Ranch and Creekside Meadows.

Belgrade, Bozeman and Gallatin County are now collaborating on the Triangle Plan, a document that will guide construction in the area, which crosses government jurisdictions.

Belgrade is finalizing its growth plan, which shows that development over the last several years has centered in the Gallatin Heights area and that future development will likely also occur in that spot.

Work on Gallatin Heights has been going on for the past 14 years.

When the developer first brought the project forward in 2005, the commissioners and neighbors raised questions about the size of the development and the infrastructure improvements needed in the area.

Commissioners denied the subdivision in January 2006. They then approved it in October 2006 after the developer revised its application.

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

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