Similar to many other parts of the country, Missoula County has experienced a great deal of change and growth over the last several decades. A significant portion of that growth has been in our rural areas and on agricultural lands. Parallel to that growth has been an influx of new residents that in some instances are not acquainted with customary agricultural operations or forest management practices. Often, new residents find their idea of a rural lifestyle in conflict with the noise, odor, dust and traffic associated with agricultural and forestry activities.
In November of 2012 the Missoula Board of County Commissioners signed a letter supporting an agricultural policy that aimed to promote and enhance the agricultural community through approaches such as a Right to Farm and Ranch policy. At an early 2016 hearing on the agricultural lands section of the subdivision regulations, the Board of County Commissioners recommitted to exploring a Right to Farm and Ranch policy.
The Missoula Board of County Commissioners held a hearing and adopted the Right to Farm, Ranch, and Practice Forestry Policy on August 24, 2016.
If you would like to view comments received on the draft policy you can do so by clicking here.