UPDATES FOR THE PLANNING OFFICE REGARDING COVID-19

Dear Customer,

In addition to maintaining the digital services and processes the Department of Planning & Community Development has set up over the course of the last few weeks to serve our customers, we will provide public office hours beginning on April 27. The Planning Office will be open to the public from 1:00-3:00 pm Monday - Friday.; however, we continue to encourage our customers to make use of our digital services. Please note that only one customer will be allowed in the office at a time.

Questions:
The best way to submit questions at the current time is through email (planning@gallatin.mt.gov). Email will be checked periodically during the closure.

Property Information Forms:
GIS has created a fantastic portal for you to use. Do you need to know about zoning? Do you need an address? Do you need a septic permit? Start your process here: http://gis.gallatin.mt.gov/pirf/

Thursday meetings with applicants:
Thursday afternoon meetings will resume the week of April 27 on a limited basis and will be conducted remotely.

Applications (Land Use Permit, Variance, Conditional Use Permits, Text Amendments and Subdivisions):
Applications can be either sent via email (planning@gallatin.mt.gov) or through the mail (311 W. Main St., Rm. 108 Bozeman, MT 59715). If the applicant is unsure of the application fee, we can invoice the applicant when the application review fee is determined.

Note: Due to public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 virus most public hearings and public meetings have been canceled, limiting the Gallatin County Planning Department’s ability to provide adequate and timely review within the timelines established by statute and other County-adopted regulations. As a result of this virus Governor Bullock issued a Directive on March 24, 2020 “tolling” statutory timelines associated with the review of projects. This basically means that for a project already under review as of March 12, 2020, the statutory review timeline was paused on March 12, 2020 when he declared a State of Emergency. For a project received after March 12, 2020, the statutory review timeline has not begun. According to the Governor’s Directive these timelines will begin to run again with the end of the declared emergency, or an earlier date if specified in a future Directive. Please know that it is our goal to move projects forward in as timely of a manner as possible!