Gallatin County Courthouse File

The Gallatin County Court House is shown in this August 14, 2018, file photo.

Local officials will hold open houses this fall to gather feedback on the Triangle Community Plan, which details policies for the growing area west of Bozeman.

The Planning Coordination Committee, which created the plan, will have open houses the weeks of Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 at a few locations throughout the county, including Belgrade Library, Monforton School and River Rock Community Center. The times and locations will likely be finalized this month.

At the events, the committee will give an overview of the plan. The plan aims to promote consistent, thoughtful development in the area bordered by the Frontage Road, 19th Avenue, Huffine Lane and Jackrabbit Lane. The committee will set up stations on specific topics, such as land use and emergency services, where people can look at maps, read summaries of policies, ask questions and provide feedback.

To reach as many people as possible, the committee also will launch an online survey this fall and give presentations at commission and planning board meetings.

The Triangle Community Plan lists policies such as limiting sprawl, prioritizing mixed-use development, maintaining open space, developing commuter trails and providing consistent emergency services in the area.

The Planning Coordination Committee has members from Belgrade, Bozeman and Gallatin County who have been working on the plan for three years. Committee members have met with local organizations including fire departments and the Gallatin Valley Land Trust to brainstorm and draft policies.

The final version of the plan will likely be completed by the end of the year. Local governments will then use the plan when reviewing new development projects and addressing planning issues that involve multiple government jurisdictions.

Perrin Stein can be reached at 406-582-2648 or at Follow her on Twitter @PerrinStein.

Perrin Stein is the county, state and federal government reporter for the Chronicle.

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