Public Hearing on mobile home park in Laurel on Thursday

Neighborhood group opposes project

The Laurel Planning Board is holding a public meeting Thursday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. in council chambers to hear comments on a proposal to allow the construction of a 30-acre trailer park near the junction of Yard Office Road and Eleanor Roosevelt Drive. The land is currently located outside the city limits and as the Yellowstone County Commissioners recently rejected the necessary zone change allowing this development, the Board will also consider annexing the land into the City of Laurel to enable construction of the development.
Several groups of neighbors primarily from north of the proposed development are encouraging folks to attend the hearing and join their opposition.
According to the notice they submitted to the Outlook, the zoning change and the annexation are specific changes requested by the developer. Existing areas that have already been zoned to allow additional trailer park development will bypassed by this proposal, according to a group of concerned neighbors.
They would like residents of Laurel to be aware of the impact the possible introduction of several hundred trailers into the community would be. They believe if the mobile home park is approved it would create new demands on the schools, water supply, sewage treatment, roads, police, and fire services. According to their statement, “ It will require a major commitment by the City of Laurel to provide the necessary services and to support what is likely to be an influx of low-income residents. Proposed plans for the project are expected be revealed at the hearing. This proposal will have social and economic impacts to current city and county residents. Concerned citizens are encouraged to attend this hearing and to voice your opinions.”

editor’s note: The Outlook has published the required public notices on the hearing referenced, but did not receive this notice from the neighborhood group until too late to go to press.

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