Tomorrow at 3 pm in the Commissioners’ conference room, our Ravalli County Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the Legacy Ranch subdivision proposal. They will review all of the material presented to date, accept public comment, and then make a recommendation to the Commissioners for approval, denial, or approval with modification. The commissioners will hold their deliberations at a public hearing on April 29th.
The Planning Board needs to hear from you! It is time to stop kowtowing to speculators and pay attention to our communities. The Legacy Ranch subdivision as proposed clearly has impacts on such review criteria as the Natural Environment, Wildlife, Agriculture, and Public Health and Safety that cannot be mitigated. Thus, a recommendation for denial of the application is appropriate on the merits.
This is a bipartisan threat; whether your politics are Left, Right, or Independent, this is a bad idea. Not only because it fails due to unmitigated impacts, but also because it flies in the face of numerous county policies (eg the Natural Resource Use Policy) which rightly identify the importance of protecting our rural environment and the enterprises that have historically defined our local custom and culture (agriculture and ranching). The Legacy Ranch subdivision is directly in conflict with this policy. It is a bad idea!
Prior to the hearing at 3 pm, Bitterrooters for Planning will have a table outside the County Administrative Center with information to assist you in preparing input to the Planning Board and ultimately to the County Commissioners. We will also have a sign-up sheet for those who want to be involved in continuing efforts to stop this subdivision. Please stop by, say hi, and join the fight!