~ Plan On It ~

Submitted By Mary Grube,

Planning Department

What is a zone? According to Black’s Law Dictionary, the 8th edition, 2. It is an area in a city or town that, through zoning regulations is under particular restrictions as to building size, land use and the like.

What is zoning? Referring to Black’s Law Dictionary once again:  The legislative division of a region, esp. a municipality, into separate districts with different regulations within the districts for land use, building size, and the like.

The Montana State Statute in 76-2-301: Municipal Zoning authorized. For the purpose of promoting health, safety, morals, or the general welfare of the community, the city or town council or other legislative body of the city or town council or other legislative body of cities and incorporated towns is hereby empowered to regulate and restrict the height, number of stories, and size of buildings and other structures; the percentage of lot that may be occupied; the size of yards, courts and other open spaces; the density of population; and the location and use of buildings, structures, and land for trade, industry, residence or other purposes.

76-2-304. Criteria and guidelines for zoning regulations. (1) Zoning Regulations must be: (a) made in accordance with a growth policy; and (b) designed to: (i) secure safety from fire and other dangers; promote public health, public safety, and the general welfare; and (iii) facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public requirements.  (2) In the adoption of zoning regulations, the municipal governing body shall consider: (a) reasonable provision of adequate light and air; (b) the effect on motorized and nonmotorized transportation systems; (c) promotion of compatible urban growth; (d) the character of the district and its peculiar suitability for particular uses; and€ conserving the value of buildings and encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout the jurisdictional area.

The City of Baker through ordinance number 353, adopted Title 17-Zoning to regulate the different districts in the City.  Before the purchase of property, considering using your property for a particular use, or doing any work on your property; keep in mind the district that this property is located in and the specific uses allowed in the district.  If you are unclear of the allowability of a use, feel free to call me at 406-778-7111 or Kevin Dukart, Zoning Administrator, at 406-778-2692 with any questions surrounding the specific district you live in and the requirements in that district.