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Rock Creek on the Clark Fork Subdivision

Oregon developer Michael Barnes came in from out of state, telling local people he was an environmentalist but then, without any permits from the state, dug a 5-acre pond at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Clark Fork River 20 miles east of Missoula. The 5-acre pond is an attraction for Barnes 36-home subdivision planned on 200 acres along Rock Creek. Barnes has dug his 5-acre pond, constructed an access road across a hay meadow and installed power lines without a permit or submitting plans to Missoula County. Montana State Department of Environmental Quality ordered Barnes to stop mining gravel without a permit. The planned subdivision changes the entrance to Rock Creek Valley and clutters up the land as viewed from I-90.

The Rock Creek Protective Association (RCPA) sued Barnes for violating the Open Cut Mining Act and circumventing county subdivision regulations, digging in the flood plain without a permit, and violating the Clean Water Act. The RCPA has gathered 3,700 signatures supporting zoning that sets limits to new development around the blue ribbon fishing stream. They are petitioning the Missoula County Commission to set up a Citizens Initiated Zoning District in which residents of a community can seek county zoning. This zoning district is designed to derail Barnes' subdivision. The water table in this area is very high and it is within the 100-year flood plain. ~

Also see: Subdivisions on our Clark Fork page.

 
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