You are hereLegislative / Happenings on the Hill / Land Use / Land Use

Land Use


Update: SB 105, Revise interim zoning laws - Transmitted to House

Posted Date: 
February 7, 2013

Read the Bill:  HTML  |  PDF  |  Additional Information

Senate Bill 105, a MACo-requested bill based on MACo Resolution 2010-09, passed third reading today on the Senate floor 27-23.  It passed second reading yesterday by a 27-23 margin as well. 

! URGENT ! - 3rd Reading Today - SB 105, Revise interim zoning laws

Posted Date: 
February 7, 2013

Read the Bill:  HTML  |  PDF  |  Additional Information

Senate Bill 105, a MACo requested bill from MACo Resolution 2010-09, is on third reading today on the Senate floor.  It passed second reading yesterday by a 27-23 margin.  There is a very concerted effort by opponents to kill the bill on third reading, and it will only take two Senators to switch their vote to kill the bill.

SB 147, Revise Local Government Review in Regards to Impact on Surrounding Agricultural Operations 76-3-608

Posted Date: 
January 24, 2013
Contact: 
Tara DePuy, MACo JPIA Land Use Attorney

Read the Bill:  HTML  |  PDF  |  Additional Information

This bill is a portion of HB 542 in 2011 session vetoed by Governor.  The bill changes the primary review criteria for “impact on agriculture” to “impact of proposed subdivision on surrounding agricultural operations.”

SB 41, Prohibiting consideration of future subdivision impact– 76-3-608

Posted Date: 
January 16, 2013
Contact: 
Tara DePuy, MACo JPIA Land Use Attorney

Read the Bill:  HTML  |  PDF  |  Additional Information

This is also a Montana Association of Realtor’s bill and was a portion of HB 542 that passed the 2011 legislature and was vetoed by the Governor.  MACo opposed the bill in 2011.  The bill inserts a new section into the law that states a governing body may not consider the impact of a subdivision under review in conjunction with the impact of a future subdivision(s) for which an applicant has not yet been filed. 

SB 24, Revise Zoning Laws for Sand and Gravel Operations – 76-2-209

Posted Date: 
January 14, 2013
Contact: 
Tara DePuy, MACo JPIA Land Use Attorney

Read the Bill:  HTML  |  PDF  |  Additional Information

NOTE: SB 24 is identical to HB 402 from the 2011 session that died in Senate on 2nd reading: prevents prohibition sand or gravel operation in a residential Part 2 zoning district after application filed for open cut sand or gravel operation. 

This bill was sponsored by Senator Matt Rosendale.  The sponsor of the bill stated that the purpose of the bill is to force zoning to be proactive instead of reactive in this case where zoning is put into place to zone an area agriculture after an application has been submitted to DEQ for a gravel permit.  Senator Rosendale offered an amendment to the bill to change the word “filed” to “submitted” as he had been informed by DEQ that gravel permit applications are not filed.