The Belgrade City-County Planning Board is beginning to write regulations for the 4.5-mile area that surrounds Belgrade in an effort to zone the area, city planner Jason Karp said.

The 'doughnut' around the city has about 2,000 lots in various stages of platting or planning, according to city records. The planning board has been working toward zoning the since after county officials approached the city in December 2007, but the process stalled during the 2008 gravel debates and hit a speed bump with other zoning efforts south of the city.

But now, things appear to be on track, Karp said.

'We're working on the code part of it now,' he said.

A subcommittee of the planning board has completed a zoning map outlining six districts within the doughnut, each with different allowable and conditioned uses, setbacks and development regulations, according to city records. The areas include commercial, mixed-use, suburban, rural suburban, rural and rural residential/agriculture.

Basically, the plan calls for commercial, mixed-use and high-density residential districts immediately surrounding the city. From there, the requirements open up to allow for more open space and agricultural uses.

The northern edge of the doughnut mirrors many of the attributes of the East Gallatin Zoning District, while the southern boundary calls for commercial, mixed-use and residential districts, according to city records. Jackrabbit Lane, South Alaska, Cameron Bridge and Valley Center roads east of Jackrabbit Lane are being proposed as commercial and mixed-use zones, with the bulk of the remaining land dedicated to suburban development.

Most of the southern boundary is being lifted from proposed regulations adopted by the Four Corners Zoning District with some modifications, Karp said.

Originally, the Four Corners boundary was slated for Cameron Bridge Road, but the Gallatin County Commission amended the boundary to match with the city's planning jurisdiction.

'We're not doing extreme violence to the Four Corners document by any means,' he said. 'We're pretty much happily plagiarizing. There's a few minor tweaks in the codes that more closely fit with Belgrade's existing zoning ordinances.'

The western edge of the boundary is slated for rural low-density development that mirrors planning efforts currently underway in the Chruchill-Amsterdam Neighborhood Plan, Karp said. The eastern edge of the jurisdiction is mostly eaten up by the East Gallatin Zoning District and bordered by rural suburban land. The remaining area is designated commercial and mixed-use along the Frontage Road.

'We definitely aren't trying to reinvent the wheel here,' he said.

For more information regarding land designations in the doughnut, contact city planning staff at 388-3760.