Frequently Asked Questions
Q. 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.
Q. How is Citizens funded?
A. We receive approximately 70% of our funding from local individuals and small local 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:
- 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?
When you donate to support the work of CBF, you can receive up-to-date information and action alerts about the issues that are taking place in your community. Your support allows us to continue our ongoing projects and programs, including:
• Go Local Flathead: Each fall and spring we need dozens of volunteers to help us publish and promote the Go Local Flathead Guide that features ads for some two hundred local businesses along with local stories, business profiles and events.
• WasteNot Project: We taught 3,465 Flathead County students about the latest trends
in reuse, recycling, and composting in 2015. We are helping turn community events into Zero Waste events by providing recycling bins and organizing tips. Volunteers help us make it happen.
• Fix It Local: Help us spread the word. Rather than tossing broken stuff, you can repair it. We have a new guide that lists over 50 local repair shops and DIY resources.
• Celebrate Earth Day: Last year we made this a family-friendly, fun-filled day with almost 50 activity booths at Depot Park in Whitefish. Help us do it again in 2016.
• Promote Complete Streets: Complete streets provide for pedestrians and bikes. Help us advocate for walkability, recreational trails and parks, and public access to public lands.
• Keep Business Downtown: Speak up with us for planning that limits highway sprawl by directing growth towards town centers and provides incentives to direct growth away from productive farmlands.
• Re-Power the Flathead: Flathead Electric built the first landfill Gas-to-Energy facility in Montana in 2009. This year they are pioneering both the first Community Solar Project and Electric Car Charging Station in the state. Join us in advocacy for energy conservation and expanded use of alternative energy sources.
Q. Does CBF respect the privacy of its supporters?
A. Absolutely. We do not share our mailing list with other organizations without your permission. We do not publish, sell or rent our donor 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 in the area of land use policy?
Our top priority is to focus on the broken county planning process and the need for a strong and fair Flathead County Growth Policy. We will be providing increased public outreach on this issue in 2016. We work on an ongoing basis on issues to promote smart growth planning in our cities and towns and frequently attend and provide comments at city council meetings. We also work to assist neighborhoods who are concerned about development issues in their area.
Q. Are you still working on recycling
Yes! Our WasteNot 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. On the WasteNot webpage you can find guides to Where and What to Recycle in the Flathead, a Fix It Local guide, and tips for how to properly dispose of pharmaceutical waste in the Flathead to better protect water quality and prevent drug abuse. You can also find information on our recycling bin loan program for community events.
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