Residents in the Churchill area can check out the latest information on a new Web site dedicated to planning efforts in the agricultural community.

The Internet site is maintained by the Amsterdam-Churchill Community Planning Group, chairman Walt Sales said. The site has updates including newsletters and minutes from the neighborhood planning committee.

'Hopefully it will become something of a community page,' he said.

The Churchill area has been involved in Gallatin County's effort to plan growth since 2007, county planner Warren Vaughan said. The neighborhood planning process is one of the county's tools to implement the 2003 Growth Policy and is a mix of grassroots involvement and government assistance.

Other neighborhood plans are in the works Gallatin Gateway and the Four Corners area, Vaughan said. The Web site should help keep residents up to date on the various planning efforts in the community.

'It's a useful tool for the public to be able to follow what's going on with the planning group and the planning process to understand happening and how to get involved,' he said.

In a nutshell, the Churchill plan is designed to protect agriculture and is made up of two main components, according to county records. The plan includes standards for the town core, a roughly one-mile area around Churchill proper, and regulations for the rural outlaying areas.

The group is holding a joint meeting with the Amsterdam Rural Fire District and the Amsterdam Sewer District on June 22 to bring everyone up to speed on various issues facing the three groups, Sales said.

The Web site address is amsterdamchurchillcommunityplan.com.