The Stillwater County Board of County Commissioners passed Resolution 2021-13, a Resolution of Intent to Adopt the Stillwater County Development Regulations, at their meeting of June 15, 2021. The decision followed a public hearing held on March 16, 2021.

The boundaries of the Development Regulations include all unincorporated areas of Stillwater County. The proposed Regulations establish existing system and process for review of certain land use proposals, including a conditional use process requiring a public hearing for industrial, commercial, and multi-family uses.

The Stillwater County Commissioners will accept written protests to the proposed Development Regulations until July 19, 2021. Written protests should be addressed to the Stillwater County Commissioners, PO Box 970, Columbus, MT 59019, and should reference the proposed Development Regulations.

The proposed Development Regulations are available for public inspection at the Stillwater County Clerk and Recorders Office or online by CLICKING HERE.

 Questions can be directed to Forrest Mandeville, contract planner, at (406) 690-1933 or by email at

Publish June 17 and June 24

Myers Creek Road Closure

As of June 10, 2021, Myers Creek Road from the Ranger Station to the end has been closed. The road is unpassable and not safe for public travel. The County will be working towards a repair that can make the road safe at least for ATV travel.

Stillwater County Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

Beartooth Front Decision

Johnson Lane Bridge

After some recent inspections of the Johnson Lane Bridge, it has been decided that due to the existing condition of this bridge it is not in the public’s best interest from a safety standpoint to reopen this structure to any vehicle or pedestrian traffic until replacement of this structure is complete.  MDT, Stillwater County Commissioners, and Sletten Construction Company all agree that closure of this bridge is in the best interest to all responsible parties.  This bridge is under contract to be replaced this summer with construction beginning July 1st, 2021.  Therefore, the Johnson Lane Bridge will remain closed.  The North Stillwater Road will be opened back up as soon as the Box Culvert replacement is complete.

Bridge Replacement, West Rosebud Road Closure

New Bridge to be installed across Chicken Creek, West Rosebud Road.

Red Lodge, MT, April 26, 2021 — West Rosebud Road, Beartooth Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest (#2072) will be closed for approximately two-weeks, May 3-15, 2021 for a scheduled bridge replacement over Chicken Creek, located about 7.5 miles up the West Rosebud Road and about 0.5 miles before the trailhead parking area. The road will be closed at West Rosebud Lake with a turn-around provided.


The City of Columbus has proposed amendments to the City of Columbus Zoning Code, Title 17.

The proposed zoning amendments to Title 17 “Zoning” are as follows;

  1. To list “Three-Family/Apartment Building/Triplex” and “Four-Family/Apartment Building/Fourplex” in Section 17.28.090 “Permitted Conditional Uses” in the R-2 Zoning Classification.
  2. The proposed zoning amendment also includes adding the definitions of Three-Family/Apartment Building/Triplex and Four-Family/Apartment Building/Fourplex to Chapter 17.08 “Definitions”
  3. The proposed zoning amendment also includes requiring a 500 square foot minimum per dwelling in a Duplex, Three-Family/Apartment Building/Triplex and Four-Family/Apartment Building/Fourplex.

A Public Hearing on the Proposed Zoning Amendments will be held in front of the Zoning Commission (City/County Planning Board) on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:30 PM at the Columbus City Hall, located at 408 East 1st Avenue North, 2nd floor meeting room.

For further information, the Proposed Zoning Amendments can be reviewed at the Columbus City Hall Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM or you may contact Dennis Holten at the Public Works Department at 322-4424.

Publish Stillwater County News –   April 8, 2021

Road Closure

Starting on April 7th, 2021 there will be a road closure at the intersection of Johnson Bridge Road and North Stillwater Road to install a new box culvert.  Currently the Johnson Lane Bridge is closed until such time as it can be replaced. MDT plans to reopen the North Stillwater Road as soon as the installation of the Reinforced Box Culvert is complete. The project is anticipated to be finished the week of April 26, 2021. The North Stillwater Road will remain open during construction of the new bridge unless construction activities require it’s periodic closure. Access to the West side of this intersection will be from the Spring creek Road and access to the East of Johnson Bridge road will be from the intersection of N. Stillwater Road and MT Highway 78, by Jeffrey’s Landing.

This Box Culvert replacement is part of the Stillwater River-2 M NW Absarokee bridge replacement project.  This box culvert must be installed before the irrigation water gets turned on for the year.  The bridge replacement will not be started until July 1st, 2021.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Increase Solid Waste Assessment