Missoula County's tracking mechanism for legislation proposed at the 63rd session of the Montana Legislature.
A bill increasing government authority and limiting conservation easements. Recommend oppose.This bill inserts local government into private land transactions between a willing seller and buyer; reduces private property rights; and transforms Growth Policies into regulatory tools. Patrick O'HerrenChief Planning OfficerMissoula County Community and Planning Services
This bill was amended in the draft stages. It requires local government review and approval of any conservation easement and makes the Growth Policy (GP) a regulatory document relative to such easements. A conservation easement could not be filed if local government finds the easement contradictory to the GP, zoning, CIPs or "other" regulations. The bill solves no problem, unnecessarily diminishes private property rights, and inserts government into private land transactions. -Patrick O'Herren
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