Snow greeted Ravalli County Commissioners as they toured the proposed Legacy Ranch subdivision north east of Stevensville Monday morning.

The tour came three days after the planning  board recommended conditional approval.

In a series of public hearings, more than 100 people testified against developing the 368 acre ranch.

Some of them joined in Monday's site visit, and were vocal in their opposition to the plan.

There were a few  supporters too.

Public hearings are scheduled to start Thursday, but because the planning staff must now review the planning board's recommendations it's likely those hearings will be pushed ahead a few weeks.

"It's very close to the planning  board's recommendation so that certainly put us into a situation of having to hurry up to get staff reports to them," said Planning Director Terry Nelson.

Interest in Legacy is so keen that the commissioners are expected to schedule several public hearings last dozens of hours.