Re: Farm-based rural community
From: Paul Harrington (
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 08:15:30 -0700 (PDT)
As a state, Montana does not have planning or zoning regulations. It will 
depend on your county or possibly the city your are in. What county are you in?

 It may be more of a challenge to create condominiums if that is the ownership 
model you chose. You should ask at the county assessor office about that.  

The nice thing about cohousing is you get to make up the rules with the 
community. Your business venture will hopefully be something that brings you 
together. I would imagine if you had a successful organic farm, people would be 
drawn to live near you. 

A co-op may be more problematic unless you can figure out a clean way to 
separate the farm from the cohousing.

> On Aug 8, 2017, at 9:48 AM, Emily Gilquist <emilygilquist [at]> 
> wrote:
> Hi all!
> I am a 20-something in the *very early* stages of planning a cohousing 
> community in Montana. My partner and I are organic veggie & flower farmers 
> and hope to run our business on the land we live on. 
> My questions are:
> -how might rural zoning regulations differ from those found in/near cities? 
> Will they be a help or a hindrance?
> -what challenges come from select members running a business on the property? 
> Specifically a business that is more or less the foundation of the community. 
> How do we make it egalitarian while still making a profit?
> -how to disentangle the community's finances/legal structure/etc from that of 
> the farm's?
> I know these are big and far-ranging topics - any help directing me towards 
> people or organizations who may be of assistance would be appreciated too :)
> Thanks a bunch!!!
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