2021 Public Hearings on Cryptocurrency Mining Zoning Regulations
In April 2019, Missoula County adopted interim zoning regulations for cryptocurrency mining operations; those regulations were renewed in April 2020 and are set to expire in April 2021. Missoula County proposes to adopt those countywide regulations on a permanent basis to apply to all cryptocurrency mining operations in the unincorporated areas of Missoula County and will conduct public hearings according to the schedule below.
The proposed zoning permits cryptocurrency mining operations as conditional or special uses in areas zoned C-I1 (Light Industry) and C-I2 (Heavy Industry) and requires them to meet criteria to mitigate adverse impacts, including climate change impacts resulting from high energy consumption, noise pollution, and electronic waste disposal.
The proposed permanent zoning regulations are available here.
The staff report to Planning Board is available here.
Planning Board Public Hearing – Jan. 19, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
This is a remote meeting. For information on how to view the hearing and submit comments, visit this website: https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/1149/AgendasWebcastsMinutes.
Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing – Feb. 11, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
This is a remote meeting via Microsoft Teams. A link to the meeting will be provided at the top of the public meeting agenda. To view and download the agenda, please visit http://missoula.co/bccmeetings. To join on your phone, call 406-272-4824 and use Conference ID: 784 553 415#. Please contact Missoula County if you have issues joining this meeting on your electronic device at 406-258-4657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your attendance at the virtual public hearings and comments are welcomed and encouraged. If you have any comments on this proposed zoning regulation, please submit them in written form to Missoula County Community and Planning Services, 200 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802, attn. Jennie Dixon, or email email@example.com.
If anyone attending any of these meetings needs special assistance, please provide 48 hours advanced notice by calling 406-258-4657. The Community and Planning Services Office will provide auxiliary aids and services.
Background and Links:
Cryptocurrency Mining Resolution Adopted 3/26/20 (Interim Zoning Extension)
Cryptocurrency Mining Resolution Adopted 4/4/19 (Interim Zoning)
Past Public Meetings:
June 14, 2018 - First public hearing on cryptocurrency mining
September 27, 2018 - Continuation of June 14 hearing
March 14, 2019 - Discussion of options to regulate cryptocurrency mining operations
April 4, 2019 - Interim zoning regulations adopted
March 26, 2020 - Interim zoning regulations extended
Public comments received on this topic from May 2018 through September 28, 2018 are posted here.
Public comments received on this topic in March and April 2019 are posted here.
Public comments received on this topic in March 2020 are posted here.