A mediator could help resolve a dispute between Missoula County and landowners in a stalled subdivision north of Missoula.
Developers first proposed Glen Eagle in Grant Creek back in the 1980s. But bankruptcy and other litigation stalled the 94-lot subdivision for years.
Sufficient infrastructure has never been installed.
It has affected more than a dozen landowners.
One of them sued the county for several million dollars, claiming the county didn't live up to certain obligations.
Next week the mediator will try to facilitate a settlement.
"I'm hopeful that we can try to put a package together," said Missoula County's chief administrative officer Dale Bickell, "and get some infrastructure and allow these property owners to develop, and/or sell their property."
Missoula County officials met Monday to discuss litigation strategy.
As allowed by law that meeting was closed to the public.