Cities and towns have worked many years to protect Montana’s land and water resources through wise community development policies that emphasize centralized water and sewer systems, efficient delivery of services to concentrated populations and compliance with fair and affordable environmental standards. Now, most new development in Montana is sprawling beyond municipal boundaries, threatening our legacy of open space and clean water. Cities are dedicated to working with state and federal agencies to establish growth and land use policies that recognize property rights while preserving the natural assets of Montana.
Recommendation: MLCT will support bills to:
- encourage the use of community water and sewer systems to protect environmental quality and assure that cities and towns are not obligated for a disproportionate share of the cost of complying with Numeric Nutrient Standards and other regulations.
- promote alternative energy development and conservation through grants, loans, and technical assistance and education programs and also allow cities and towns flexibility under the energy and building codes to promote conservation.
MLCT will oppose bills to:
- restrict the annexation, zoning, planning and subdivision review authority of cities and towns or in any other way interfere with established community development practices.
- restrict the use of Special Improvement Districts but will consider measures to simplify protest procedures for property owners.