The efforts of landowners in southern Stillwater County to guarantee long-term protection of their land has generated a lot of media coverage locally and across Montana over the last several weeks. The reason is clear — the landowners’ lawsuit against the County has long-term implications not only locally, but for landowner rights across the State.
In addition to this coverage, local residents deluged the Commissioners with dozens of letters opposing their position on citizen-initiated zoning.
This post provides links to published articles and letters.
Stillwater County Commissioners held a public hearing on their proposed policy on citizen initiated zoning in Columbus on Tuesday, March 6.
The room was packed, with speaker after speaker coming forward to oppose the policy. There were no speakers in favor of the policy.
Video of the hearing:
List of opponent speakers
Dan Burkhart, Fishtail (not present, comments read into record by Commissioner Mark Crago) – 2:01
Joan Brownell, Fishtail – 6:35
Bill Hand, Nye – 10:01
Burt Williams, Fishtail – 15:17
Charles Sangmeister, Nye – 20:26
Lana Sangmeister, Nye – 24:09
Bill Peterson, Nye – 29:09
Noel Keogh, Nye – 30:44
Bill Muldoon, Fishtail – 33:34
Kathleen Ralph, Columbus – 39:38
Virginia Cross, Fishtail – 40:48
Dot Gallagher, Columbus – 42:56
Mike Lorash – 44:42
David Katz, Nye – 45:59
Noel Wood, Nye – 55:58
Kirsten Feldman, Fishtail – 56:21
Doxie Hatch, Nye – 57:08
Note that there are at least a dozen other written comments. Additional written comments will be accepted until Tuesday, March 13. Email them to: