The Missoula County commissioners took a step forward Thursday on a proposal embroiled in ambiguity in East Missoula.
Chad Randash, a property owner to the south of the Water’s Edge Subdivision, has requested the county remove a one-foot no-access strip along the subdivision’s southern border.
The no-access strip was never originally approved by the county.
Removing the barrier could lead to potential public road connection to the south and a possible residential development with up to 386 units that could be annexed into the city of Missoula.
Given the possible repercussions from removing the no-access strip, droves of public commenters showed up to voice concerns with the proposal at the commissioners’ public meeting Thursday. They cited issues such as being annexed into the city, increasing traffic in the area and changing the character of the neighborhood.
“There is a powder keg of constituents in East Missoula ready to blow,” warned Lee Bridges, a local resident.
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Community and Planning Services Assistant Director Karen Hughes told the Missoulian removing the barrier would not necessarily trigger any of the results neighbors are worried about.
County Commissioners Josh Slotnick and Dave