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Legacy Ranch Subdivision Approved

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Ravalli County Commissioners approved a plan for a 509-lot subdivision in the Bitterroot Valley by a unanimous 5-0 vote.

Commissioners said the developer -- Sunnyside Orchards -- provided solutions to many of the concerns raised by residents.

They said the developer will pay several hundred dollars for every subdivision lot sold to the nearby school and law enforcement agencies.

Commissioners said subdivision residents will also follow strict rules to keep pets away from the adjacent Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge.

Still, many locals said they're dumbfounded by the decision.

"This wasn't an emotional decision, this was a legal process that we followed and if the developer met the criteria, ultimately we had to approve the decision," said Jeff Burrows, Chair of the Ravalli Co. Board of Commissioners.

"As we take huge chunks of land, cover it with asphalt, put our little ranchettes, and pretend that this isn't affecting Montana? You know, I've been here my whole life, the change is huge," said Susan Latimer, a Ravalli Co. resident.

County officials said they'll complete the final version of the proposal before the commissioners officially give signatures of approval.

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