YOUR CHANCE TO COMMENT: Public Meetings February 6 and February 28 for Bozeman's review of a proposed apartment complex south of The Lakes. The West Park Neighborhood will be located south of Vaughn Drive and east of Laurel Parkway. Phase 1 of West Park, located immediately to the south of Lakes Phase 6, is proposed to include seven three-story apartment buildings with a total of 102 units. The public comment period extends from January 20 through February 28, 2023, and a public meeting of the Community Development Board will take place February 6 at 6:00 PM at Bozeman City Hall (also available via WebEx). The Bozeman City Commission is scheduled to make a decision on the preliminary plat application at its February 28 public meeting (6:00 PM at Bozeman City Hall and via WebEx). Detailed information about two linked development applications is available online: Application 22205 and Application 22178.

SNOW PLOWING: We Need Your Help! (December 2022) For residents who live on alleys in Valley West, our wonderful snow plow crew has let us know there are many trash cans encroaching on the alleys, making it difficult to pass through with a plow. We realize space is tight with all the snow piling up, but please do your best to keep obstacles out of the way so the plowing crews can do their job. Thank you!

Snow plowing on city streets: The city of Bozeman is responsible for snow plowing in city streets in Valley West and The Lakes (streets that are indicated by green street signs). The city plows snow when at least four inches have fallen. The city is scheduled to remove snow in Valley West on Wednesdays and in The Lakes on Fridays. The city also manages snow removal around the city parks (see pages 6 and 17 in this document). Valley West HOA received many complaints in winter 2022-23 that the city had fallen behind on snow plowing. Unfortunately, the HOA has no power to influence the city's plowing schedule. If needed, contact the Bozeman city Streets department here

Snow plowing on HOA property: Valley West HOA removes snow in the alleys in Valley West, woonerfs in The Lakes (identified by blue street signs), and sidewalks throughout the community. The HOA's plowing vendor removes snow when at least two inches have fallen. When we experience a large snowfall, our HOA's plowing crews will keep up as much as possible while the snow is falling, and will come back the following day to do a cleanup if needed. We thank everyone for your patience and understanding as our valued partners work around the clock to dig us out.

Community Updates

Don't release nonnative fish in the ponds: Reece Buecker, a Bozeman Health School student, has been educating community members about the problems Meyers Lake and the Lakes may face when folks introduce nonnative fish into the ponds. Reece provided this helpful information: Releasing old aquatic pets into ponds is extremely detrimental to the pond's ecosystem. If you or a friend have unwanted fish, putting them in local waterways is not an acceptable way to get rid of them. Some good ways to give the fish away safely without harming the local nature are finding local pond hobbyists and fish collectors, or reaching out to pet stores, schools, and other places that might want the fish. When fish that do not belong in ponds are introduced, they wreak havoc on the native fish and natural ecosystem. Some fish commonly introduced through pet owners are carp and goldfish. Another way that invasive species are spread is through people moving fish from pond to pond. If parents can make sure this does not happen and make sure their kids do not accidentally do this it would greatly diminish the spread of invasive species. A very easy way to prevent species like snails from spreading is to check canoes and other water toys for snails hitching a ride. In most ponds the snails and other minor invasive species are not the largest problems, the fish that can spread fast and far cause the most harm. These fish outcompete the native fish through their feeding styles, temperature and water type resistance, and behavior. The fish push out native species through their advantages and destroy the environment through things like algae blooms that they cause. Never release your fish into ponds, and talk to family members and friends about this issue in order to educate them.

Yellowstone Fiber goes live in The Lakes: Following a ribbon cutting ceremony September 19, 2022 at the West Pavilion, The Lakes is part of the first residential district to received fiber optic internet service from Yellowstone Fiber, a nonprofit company that is installing fiber optic cable throughout Bozeman. 

Update from Bozeman City Parks about activities in Valley West and The Lakes: Bozeman City Parks began managing city parks in our community in 2021. In June 2022, the City of Bozeman Parks & Recreation Department provided these helpful reports about their activities in city park space in Valley West and The Lakes. The HOA appreciates the city's work in our community!

Bozeman Library Bookmobile visits Valley West Park every other Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. Visit the Bookmobile website for the current schedule. At the Bookmobile, you can get a library card, check out books and movies, and pick up “hold” items.

Let us know of events going on in our community, and we’ll post them here. Book club? Block party? Walking group? Bridge club? Children's play group? Let your neighbors know! 
Submit event information using the form below.

Quality of Life

Dogs off leash: There are too many dogs running loose! Please be mindful to always keep your dog on leash and clean up after your dog

Parking in The Lakes: The HOA receives many complaints about residents and guests who park outside the designated parking pads in woonerfs in The Lakes. Recently the HOA installed NO PARKING signs in the woonerfs as a reminder to respect our neighbors and keep these narrow streets clear for snow removal in the winter

Potholes: The HOA is assessing the asphalt conditions in the alleys and woonerfs for future repairs. Please report specific concerns (Contact)

Coming Soon in Our Area

In Bozeman City Planning: Bozeman Community Center in West Bozeman, expected to include a library branch and recreation facilities. In early 2023, the city is engaging community members about their hopes for the new facility. 

Commercial Lots at Babcock & Cottonwood
Infrastructure is in place for commercial lots on the north side of Babcock, between Cottonwood and Stafford. These commercial lots were developed as part of Valley West, but they are not part of the Valley West Homeowners Assocation.

Development South of The Lakes: Norton Ranch 
The Norton Ranch subdivision has begun development of the northern extension of their community, between Babcock Street and Vaughn Drive. Click for schematics of Norton Ranch 
Phase 5 (to the West) and Phase 6 (to the East). In these plans, Laurel Parkway, Westgate Avenue, and the east end of Vaughn Drive (as well as the multi-use trail along Aajker Creek) continue south from The Lakes into the Norton Ranch community. Open spaces will adjoin The Lakes in many sections of Norton Ranch. Phase 6 of Norton Ranch, east of Laurel Parkway, has R-4 (Residential High Density District) zoning. As of June 2022, the Bozeman Planning Department has not yet received a site plan for Norton Ranch Phase 6.

Development Southwest of Babcock and Ferguson: Six Range
On the south side of Babcock Avenue, west of Ferguson Avenue and east of Hanley Avenue, The Paine Group is building a 183-unit development, Six Range, which includes 4-story apartment buildings, 2-story triplexes (townhomes) facing Babcock, and a 3800-square-foot commercial building at the southwest corner of Babcock and Ferguson.

Development Northwest of Oak and Cottonwood: Northwest Crossing

100-Room Hotel Near RosauersEverhome Hotel

Planned Grocery Store at Ferguson Farm: Town & Country Grocery Store

Is EVERYTHING in our area going to be developed?
Well, not quite everything. Gallatin Valley Land Trust documents a conservation easement on land along Gooch Hill Road, to the southwest of The Lakes (shown in orange in the map below). This easement does not protect the land directly west of The Lakes, but does protect a large area of land along Gooch Hill Road, north of Huffine. The land to the west of The Lakes is currently not in the city of Bozeman. If that land is ever annexed into the city, Bozeman's Community Plan Future Land Use map designates the area west of The Lakes as "Urban Neighborhood."

For the latest, check out 2022 Member Update and Community

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