The policy that CFAC has been working on for several years was voted down by the Missoula County Commissioners on January 13th, 2016. Needless to say, we are very disappointed.
We have long led the dialogue on how we can effectively ensure that the future of agriculture in Missoula County is protected, and we have been heard. On October 20, 2015, the Consolidated Planning Board adopted many of CFAC's policy suggestions in its proposed draft of the subdivision regulations rewrite. On December 8th, the BCC heard four hours of impassioned testimony. In the end, they decided not to pass any form of regulation to mitigate for loss of farmland.
Other groups have also proposed various ways of conserving the land needed to support our farm economy now and in the future. Reports have been put out by the University of Montana Land Use Law Clinic, the Missoula Organization of Realtors/Missoula Building Industry Association, the Missoula County Open Lands Citizen Advisory Committee, and the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition. You can find all of the reports at Missoula County's Agriculture Policy Project webpage.
We are very disappointed that the BCC voted against farmland protections. Please join us in asking the commissioners to reconsider.
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