Local officials are reaching out to the public for feedback on the recently released Triangle Community Plan, which outlines policies for managing growth in the area bordered by the Frontage Road, 19th Avenue, Huffine Lane and Jackrabbit Lane.

The draft plan details policies for development that limits sprawl, preserves open space and emphasizes mixed-use construction. Policies listed in the plan include developing trails for commuters, coordinating the development of water and sewer systems and maintaining emergency services across local government jurisdictions.

The Planning Coordination Committee, which drafted the plan, hopes it can help foster more thoughtful development as construction continues in the area west of Bozeman.

The committee was formed in 2016 specifically to write the plan. Over the last three years, the Planning Coordination Committee — which includes planning board members, planning staff and elected officials from Bozeman, Belgrade and Gallatin County — met with local organizations including the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, local fire districts and Montana State University to brainstorm ways to address the area’s rapid growth. The committee then put its ideas into the draft plan.

The committee is now accepting comments on the draft until Aug. 30. It will then review the comments at a public meeting Sept. 3 before bringing a revised draft to the public at open houses and through an online survey this fall.

After the public comment period, the committee will publish a final version of the plan, likely by the end of the year. The plan will be incorporated into the growth policies for Belgrade and Gallatin County and will be referenced in Bozeman’s community plan.

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

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