Fallon County hires “on-call”contract planner

   Fallon County recently hired Forrest Sanderson, a municipal planner with the engineering firm KLJ, as a contract planner. Sanderson will perform professional planning services on an “on-call” basis.

By Lori Kesinger

   Sanderson has more than 25 years of planning and community development experience. He started his career in Lake County followed by a move to Flathead County. There Sanderson was the planning director for ten years before pursuing a new opportunity with the State of Montana.A move to Red Lodge last year eventually led him to temporarily retire before joining KLJ, an engineering, surveying and planning firm located in Billings.

   His expertise includes subdivisions, growth policies, zoning amendments, use permits, variances and design review. He is also a certified flood plain manager.

   One of Sanderson’s first projects for the County has been addressing zoning for Workforce Housing. The Workforce Housing Resolution recently reviewed by the Commission is designed to protect the public if Workforce Housing is implemented in the area.

   Sanderson and his wife, Tina, live in Roberts near Red Lodge. Their oldest son is currently in Army basic training at Fort Benton, and their youngest son is a sophomore attending Red Lodge High School.