Mark your calendars. Opportunities to weigh in on important policy issues that will shape our collective future are coming in the weeks ahead.

The Human Resource Development Council is planning a series of 11 meetings beginning this month throughout Gallatin County and neighboring counties to gather input on where the nonprofit should place its priorities in the coming months and years. In advance of those meetings, the organization is conducting an online survey to identify community needs.

And the Gallatin County Planning Coordination Committee is planning open houses during the first weeks of November on the Triangle Community Plan — a document that will guide growth in the most densely populated part of the county.

These are events that anyone with a stake in the area’s future will want to attend.

The HRDC administers grants that fund numerous programs aimed at improving health care, housing, transportation, public safety, workforce development and many other community needs. As it plans for the future, the organization wants to hear from people throughout the region about their most pressing needs. The online survey asks respondents to rate the quality of local services. The HRDC’s priorities will have great influence over what life will be like here in the future.

The Triangle Community Plan will address critical issues within the area defined by Bozeman, Belgrade and Four Corners along adjacent areas. This is the fastest-growing part of Gallatin County and home to the lion’s share of county residents. These issues include sprawling and mixed use development, open space preservation, the availability of emergency services and trail development.

Access the HRDC survey and find a complete schedule of meetings by going to

Specific times and locations have not been set for the Planning Coordination Committee meetings but they’re expected to be finalized this month.

The greater Bozeman area will soon graduate from a micropolitan to a metropolitan area and how growth is managed during this period will be critical to future quality of life here. HRDC policy priorities and the final version of the Triangle Community Plan will play big roles in this process.

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