Public meeting set for proposed county zoning regulation revisions

The Cascade County planning board will consider changes to the county’s zoning regulations at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Family Living Center at Montana Expo Park.

The county planning department is proposing substantial changes and the board first began consideration of those changes in February. The staff-initiated revisions would impact all property within the boundaries of Cascade County, except for the incorporated areas of Great Falls, Belt, Neihart and Cascade.

Since then, the board has continued to consider the proposed changes, staff report and public comments.

During their Aug. 20 meeting, the planning board tabled the discussion again and tentatively set a public meeting for Sept. 10, which is now confirmed.

County zoning regulations pushed to at least September

Planning staff said during the August meeting that the zoning regulations would be the only item on the agenda for the Sept. 10 meeting.

The proposed revisions are available online, as well as in the Cascade County planning office at 121 4th St. N., Suite 2H daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of noon to 1 p.m.
The planning department can be reached at 454-6905 or planningcomments@cascadecountymt.gov

Other locations where the proposed revisions are available for viewing:

  • Cascade County Clerk and Recorder Office, 121 4th St. N. #1B-1
  • Cascade County Commissioner’s Office, 325 2nd Ave. N.
  • Great Falls Public Library, 301 2nd Ave. N.

In August, Richard Liebert, planning board member, said he wanted the county to consider noise, odor and light in zoning regulations, though he didn’t want to inhibit business development.

Liebert also asked if the growth policy recommendation from the planning board was on the County Commission agenda yet.

Staff said it was not.

“I think it’s urgent,” Liebert said.

Information on the proposed zoning regulations is available here and The Electric’s previous coverage is below.

County delays decision on zoning regulations; discusses meeting process, board packets

County planning board to discuss proposed zoning changes on July 23

County takes no action on zoning changes, accepting public comment through June 20

County resumes discussions on proposed changes to zoning regulations

County planning board finds growth policy adequate; asks for zoning, medical marijuana amendments