When fifth-generation Montana rancher Tom Maclay sought out the most experienced resort community planners in the world, he gave them an exciting challenge and unparalleled opportunity: create a Bitterroot Valley development based on standards that will become the model for sustainable, environmentally sound developments worldwide.

The list of necessary elements for the Resort continues to grow: preserve open space, create greenways and wildlife habitat, promote pedestrian movement and social interaction, create opportunities for employment, encourage entrepreneurial business enterprises, create a sustainable tax base, provide cultural attractions and events, include educational opportunities, and of course offer a diverse mix of year-round outdoor recreational opportunities.

Some people have expressed concerns about what the Resort will look like, both from Missoula and the Bitterroot corridor. We continue to update our maps and drawings to reflect current information about the proposed layout of the Resort. Visit the 'Be Informed' tab here on our website to view recent renderings of our vision for the mountain and Village.

Development is clustered to reduce the overall footprint and maintain the maximum amount of open space on the Ranch. The entire Village complex of restaurants, shops, lodging and entertainment is designed with the pedestrian in mind. In size, we propose a Village about 1/10th the size of Whistler Village, Canada.

Our proposal is to treat effluent in an on-site, state-of-the-art treatment plant. Treated effluent will be retained in a sealed lagoon and used for irrigation of the Resort landscape, golf course or Ranch. Bitterroot Resort will not use established sewer or water systems from the adjoining communities of Florence or Lolo. 

We sometimes hear concerns about whether the Resort will be a good fit with the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula. People know there will be some advantages, like jobs, recreation and a fun place to shop and relax, but question whether the Resort will change the character of the communities where we live.

We know that tourists and visitors to our state come here for specific reasons - the wildlife, natural beauty, historical interests, outdoor recreation and the open, friendly people of Montana. Certainly it would not be in our best business interest to drastically alter the very things that attract people to our state.

We believe it's possible to create a place that's attractive to out of area visitors and residents alike.  In order to do that, we've engaged the services of a diverse and accomplished team of land use planners, engineers, architects, golf course designers, hydrologists, marketing specialists, contractors, craftsmen and scientists that hail from both near and far. Building design will retain a western Montana feel, with hints of European Alpine influence.

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