School Gulch Timber Sale

DNRC has announced a timber sale on School Trust land in School Gulch. This is on the east side of the Canyon, north of Jackson creek and the Tepee Ridge subdivision. See the letter, map and photo below.

The project will involve about 1.2 million board feet on 208 acres, with 2.7 miles of new road. There may be simultaneous logging on private lands adjacent and across the canyon, but

Evidently this is a “fast track” process, with just 2 weeks to comment (deadline June 15th). Comments can go to Chuck Barone – see the letter below for contact information.

School Gulch LA Timber Sale map
School Gulch photo
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Proposed Bylaws Changes

At the 2017 General Meeting, we hope to approve an update to BCPOA’s bylaws. The purpose of the update is very limited: to improve and clarify administration and procedures, and provide for innovations like electronic meeting participation. There is no intent to change the purpose of the organization or shift the balance of power between members and directors.

An introductory memo:
BCPOA-Memo.Bylaws.170424.pdf

A clean draft of the proposed bylaws:
BCPOA-bylaws.170308.clean.pdf

A redlined version, showing changes:
BCPOA-bylaws.170308.redline.pdf

A summary table of changes:
BCPOA-Bylaws.April24table.pdf

The existing bylaws are here.

Public Meeting on Short Term Rentals, Jan 10

The Bridger Canyon Zoning Advisory Committee invites you to attend a community meeting to seek comments on regulation of short-term (vacation) rentals in the Bridger Canyon Zoning District on

January 10, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM

The meeting will be held at the Bridger Canyon Fire Station

8081 Bridger Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT.

For more information on community meeting please contact the

Gallatin County Planning Department at 406-582-3130.

Background

Richard Lyon has prepared a thorough background document on the topic:

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The summary refers to some draft language alternatives, which are here:

bczac-str-20170101-rgl-tf

BCPOA previously surveyed opinion on this topic, summarized here:

Short Term Rental Survey

There’s some discussion of the issues in the comments on the subsequent post:

General Standards drafts & Sep. 12 2016 agenda

October 2016 P&Z Hearing

Thursday’s Planning & Zoning hearing is a big one, with three Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) on the agenda. (pz_10-13-2016agenda) Also, there will be a separate hearing for a septic variance associated with the Ivey Caretaker’s Residence CUP.

Baker CUP

This is a CUP for an accessory building in Aspen Meadow. BCPOA does not oppose; in fact we’re not certain why a CUP was required in this case.

Update: approved.

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Lyon Guesthouse

This is a CUP for a guesthouse in Flaming Arrow.

Update: approved.

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That in turn requires a modification of the PUD building envelope. BCPOA thinks PUD modifications must be approached with extreme caution, and must be judged by their net benefits to the public. In this case, the modification seems reasonable because it improves clustering and reduces visibility, without harming other resources like wildlife. BCPOA does not oppose, provided that neighbors and the HOA are also amenable.

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Simmons PUD

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This application is for a Planned Unit Development that subdivides a 40 acre parcel into three (a 2-dwelling density bonus). The site is east of the controversial Theken barn and the Brass Lantern subdivision below the M. BCPOA has concerns with the proposed siting and other features of the plan, and is working with the applicant in the hope of improving it.

Update: denied.

Application

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Staff Report

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BCPOA testimony

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Petition for Speed Limit on Kelly Canyon

The following is a link to a petition to establish a speed limit on Kelly Canyon. It turns out that the speed limit on an unposted road defaults to 70 mph, which is obviously not compatible with the road’s design and recreational traffic mix.

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This petition would go to the County Commission; if they approve (which is apparently likely), they’d direct an engineer to assess the road and establish a limit.

If you agree, please sign!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/437/761/217/request-to-establish-speed-limit-on-kelly-canyon-road-gallatin-county/

The county’s speed limit procedures are documented here.

2016 General Meeting

We had a great General Meeting, with over 40 members in attendance. Presentation slides are here:

BCPOA general mtg 2016

Bridger Canyon Zoning Updates Excerpts General Meeting 2016

I’d like to thank our board for another year of service (many years, in some cases). It’s great to work with smart, nice people who love Bridger Canyon: Sharon Erickson, Deb Stratford, Mitch Miller, Chuck Broughton, Fred Leopold, John Sackett, Richard Lyon, Drew Seessel, Gary Sager, Kent Madin, Phil Cory, and Kelly Wiseman. A hearty welcome to Mike Smith, who’s joining us.