Additional information submitted on Big Sky Cheese project; second public hearing set for July 22

During the June 27 public hearing on the Big Sky Cheese special use permit application, the Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment requested additional information on the project.

The company’s principal member is Edward Friesen, who is also the principal in Madison Food Park, a proposed agricultural processing complex on U.S. Highway 89, a few miles outside the Great Falls city limits.

On July 11, the applicant provided the requested information to the county planning department.

That information is now on file in the planning office and online here.

Written comments regarding the additional requested information will be accepted until 5 p.m. July 26.

Written comments regarding the additional information can be mailed to the planning office at 121 4th St. N., Suite 2 H/I, Great Falls, MT 59401, or by email at

The second hearing on the Big Sky Cheese permit application is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 22 in Room 105 of the Courthouse Annex at 325 2nd Ave. N.

At their June 27 meeting, the ZBOA tabled the decision on the permit application after the public hearing was closed so that the applicant could gather more information and the board could consider public comment made during that meeting.

During the July 22 meeting, the county planning staff will recommend that the decision on the Big Sky Cheese permit be tabled again to ensure sufficient time to consider the additional information provided by the applicant on July 11.

For more information and updates, go to the county planning website here.