County planning board to consider rezoning 13-acres to heavy industrial

The Cascade County Planning Board will consider a request to rezone 13.67 acres of property near Giant Springs State Park from Light Industrial I-1 to Heavy Industrial I-2.

The property it currently being rented to Jason Nichols Sprinklers, which installs lawn and garden sprinkler systems and provides landscaping design and construction.

The property borders a 13-acre parcel that was recently rezoned from I-1 to I-2.

County finalizes rezone of industrial property

The rezone will allow the sprinkler company to expand their business activities and allow for future industrial growth in the area, according to the application. It will also help the company bid on contracts, a similar issue that the neighboring property owners faced when government contracts required a heavy industrial zoning.

Once considered by the planning board, the rezone request will go to the County Commission.

The planning board meets June 19 and will also consider a preliminary plat for the third phase of the Manchester Industrial Park, near the Manchester exit on Interstate 15 outside Great Falls.

The action would subdivide 19.959 acres into eight lots sized from 4.227 acres to 0.939 acres, according to the staff report.

The park was initially approved in 2006 for three phases of development.