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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Your logo says "Working together for smart growth solutions." What is
A. "Smart Growth" is a term that is difficult to define
but easy to see. In practice, it creates communities in which people have
increased choice and a higher quality of life. In general, smart growth invests
time, attention, and resources in restoring community and vitality to downtowns
and older suburbs. New smart growth is more town-centered, pedestrian friendly,
cost effective. It has a greater mix of housing, commercial and retail uses. It
also preserves open space, clean water, clean air and wide open vistas.
Successful communities tend to have one thing in common--a vision of where
they want to go and of what things they value in their community--and their
plans for development reflect these values.
might want to check out the Montana
Smart Growth Coalition for more information.
Q. How is Citizens funded?
A. We receive approximately 60% of our
funding from our members. We also receive funding from in-state and out-of-state
foundations. Citizens For A Better Flathead is a federally recognized
not-for-profit corporation so donations to our organization are tax deductible.
Q. Why should I join Citizens For A Better Flathead?
A. Because you
want to join with others who care about the valley as much as you do and realize
that the choices we make today will shape our children's tomorrows. When
decisions are made, we ask:
When you join Citizens, you are
entitled to receive our informative newsletter published four times a year and
you are invited to our annual meeting. Most of all, you will receive up-to-date
information and action alerts about the issues that are taking place in your
- Is the process fair and open?
- Are the decision-makers considering innovative smart growth solutions to the
problems we face?
- Is the growth paying its way?
Q. Does CBF respect the privacy of its members?
A. Absolutely. We
do not share our mailing list with other organizations without your permission.
We do not publish, sell or rent our membership list and use it for no other
purpose than to keep in touch with you about the issues you care about.
Q. What is CBF focusing on now?
Our top priority is to focus on the broken county planning process
and to provide leadership necessary to rebuild it. We support neighborhood
coalitions who are stepping forward to oppose bad development proposals.
We also provide input and are monitoring the rewrite of the county
Growth Policy process.
Q. Are you still working on recycling
Yes! Our Waste Not Project
has been actively working to encourage recycling and composting,
as well as the disposal of hazardous wastes since 1992. We work
in collaboration with the county solid waste district and the Service
Learning program at Flathead Valley Community College to promote
waste reduction. We are actively studying the prospects of glass
recycling in the valley. Also, we are working with Freecycle
Flathead to lower the accumulation of potentially reusable items
in the landfill.
Please, become a member of Citizens For A Better
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