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Thom Bridge, Independent Record

The first phase of a Helena-area subdivision that creates 45 lots for single-family homes with an additional four lots for commercial use has been approved. 

The subdivision, 46 Degrees North, located along Montana Avenue, was given the go-ahead by the Lewis and Clark County Commission.

Commissioner Andy Hunthausen said the commission unanimously approved the creation of a trio of rural improvement districts that allowed the commission to then consider approval of the development’s first phase.

With the commission's approval comes the developer's ability to begin selling those lots, he said.

Parker Heller, a member of Heller Development, did not immediately respond to a request on Monday for comment.

A county staff report said the application for the subdivision was completed in May 2014, although at that time it was proposed for 94 lots, 88 of which were to have been for single-family homes. Of the remaining six lots, four were for commercial purposes, one was for a park and the other was for wastewater utilities.

Phase one for the development also contains a wastewater utility lot and another for a park.

While the subdivision is within the area envisioned for future annexation by the city, it was proposed prior to the county’s adoption of a growth policy, Hunthausen said.

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I am a staff writer at the Independent Record covering primarily city and county governments.

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