Density map should be enhanced

Print Article

Dear Lake County Commissioners:

In updating the Lake County Growth Plan, the density-zoning map should be maintained and enhanced, not repealed. Continued rural sprawl in the Mission and Swan Valleys, is a threat to critical habitat, and the rural lifestyle enjoyed by those who live and recreate there.

Constructing and maintaining public access roads, utility infrastructure, providing wildland and structural fire protection and emergency services for increased commercial and residential construction, is all cost prohibitive, and will put more stress on the public and volunteer department budgets that provide for these increased services. Repealing density-zoning, is taking a backward approach to managing the sprawling rural growth occurring in these areas. Infill development, along with increased density regulations, should be mandated within existing rural communities, which already have in place commercial businesses providing employment, access, roads, utility corridors, and fire-protection and emergency services. Rural lands that support existing agriculture and are adjacent to sensitive natural areas, should be encouraged not to be developed more intensely to support sprawl.

The County Commission should maintain and strengthen the density-zoning map and regulations, and develop more Conservation easements. These efforts will help protect agricultural lands, sensitive adjacent wildland habitats, and the rural environments and associated lifestyles.

Brent Morrow, Bigfork

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

Thanks for support of MV Food Pantry

September 21, 2018 at 10:55 am | Lake County Leader On behalf of the Mission Valley Food Pantry, I would like to thank all the people who gave their time and effort to make the fundraiser for the Pantry, in the St. Ignatius Park on Saturday, Sept. 8 s...

Comments

Read More

McDonald deserves vote for commissioner

September 21, 2018 at 10:55 am | Lake County Leader I have never endorsed a political candidate before, but I make an exception for a truly exceptional candidate for Lake County Commissioner: Caroline McDonald. I have met Caroline and find her to pos...

Comments

Read More

Border Patrol Council behind Sen. Tester

September 21, 2018 at 10:54 am | Lake County Leader As the president of the National Border Patrol Council, I have the privilege of representing 15,000 of the best men and women you’ll ever meet — the Border Patrol Agents who work 24 hours a day to se...

Comments

Read More

Republicans in U.S. House and Senate ‘pandering to Putin’

September 21, 2018 at 10:53 am | Lake County Leader “Pandering-to-Putin” is exactly what our nation’s legislative House and Senate are doing. This is crazy! But it is happening. My two brothers are dedicated Republicans. This is how we grew up on ou...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 883-4343
PO BOX 1090
Polson, MT 59860

©2018 Lake County Leader Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X