SB 147 will limit a farmer’s ability to comment on subdivisions that could directly impact his or her livelihood. While local governments currently review subdivisions based on several criteria including the subdivision’s impact on agriculture, SB 147 would remove that criteria and replace it with a review of the subdivision’s impact only on adjacent agricultural operations.
That means cutting out the comments of producers who live two doors down but are on the same road or the same ditch, or who drive their cattle past the proposed subdivision - their comments won't count! It also means losing any review of the cumulative impacts of losing farmland and the challenges that presents to ongoing and beginning farmers.
If we want Montana's future to include agriculture, we must protect agriculture's voice in raising the wide array of impacts that subdivisions have on our state's farms and ranches. Please sign this petition to show your support for farmland conservation and your support for keeping the State Legislature out of local conversations about our future!