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2023 Changes to Subdivision Review

By Association News, Land Use Training, Legislative Updates

In this video, Kelly Lynch from Montana League of Cities and Towns and Tara DePuy and Karen Ally from Montana Association of Counties review changes to subdivision review with which Montana jurisdictions must comply. They discuss changes to the triggers for a subsequent hearing, the process for reviewing and approving phased subdivisions, and changes to the expedited subdivision review process adopted in 2021. They also provide guidance on the new ability to consolidate land use and planning boards and commissions.

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 15 – May 1, 2023

By Association News, Legislative Updates

Well, hey there MACo Folks!

It’s Monday. It’s the morning. And it’s now May. There is no happiness…nope…not one single ounce of happy anything…with only five days remaining in the 68th Legislative Session—that should’ve ended last week—it’s officially the final countdown…except none of us feel like Rocky Balboa winning his big fight. Instead, we’re all “the other guy.” All of us. Just lying in a pool of pain on the ground while spectators stare questioningly.

Even Legislators are barely standing, and it’s a miracle Legislative Staffers can put together full sentences at this point let alone hold the entire process together (seriously, thank the Staffers—they’re the golden angels of that giant stone, cold building).

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 14 – April 24, 2023

By Association News, Legislative Updates

Well, hey there MACo Folks!

Happy Monday! It is Monday, right? Hard to tell since every Legislative Day (LD) feels like a Monday, and the closer we get to the end, the more all the Mondays meld together into one long heated HEL(ena) day.

And what’s worse? My mind has been infected by all the maniacal hot air accumulating under the Dome, and all I can think about is adjournment…and all I dream about are election bills and property tax bills and sometimes they meld together into one giant blob of horribly written election destroying reform legislation that’s being pushed by the very folks bringing all the bills to cut property taxes except THIS bill is hiding school funding via property tax increases through veiled statutes and long amendments during transmittal deadlines…and then the evil bill grows legs and chases me around with a hot poker until eventually my head literally explodes like confetti and the confetti is made up of mini malicious baby bills that take over the Capitol…

But then I wake up. And my head is in fact NOT exploded. And it’s just another Monday. And I am sad. I am sad, because I’m losing my MIND, and I can’t separate the nightmares from the dreams, AND IT’S STILL NOT SINE DIE.

(Inner Voice: I’m fine. It’s fine. Everything’s fine. Inhale. Exhale. Breeeeeaaaaathe……Nope. Not working. Drink your coffee and get on with the update…)

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