Neighborhood Council 5 asks city to study potential impact of proposed Madison Food Park
Neighborhood Council 5 voted during their Oct. 21 meeting to adopt a resolution requesting that the city formally evaluate the proposed Big Sky Cheese and Madison Food Park.
The council’s area borders the eastern city limit line and would the close to the proposed food park complex. The council’s northern boundary is 10th Avenue South, the eastern and southern boundaries are the city limit line and the western boundary is 20th Street South.
The council members plan to bring their resolution to the other eight neighborhood councils during next week’s Council of Council meeting to see if other councils will support the resolution. NC5 plans to bring the resolution to a City Commission meeting later this fall.
“We gotta have action in advance of anything happening,” NC5 Chair Eric Ray said during Monday’s meeting. “I want to be ahead of the game.”
In their resolution, the council wrote that the proposed project “could profoundly and adversely affect out neighborhoods and the city.”
Madison Food Park is led by Edward Friesen and early this year, he submitted a special use permit application for Big Sky Cheese, a cheese processing plant that would be the first phase of the complex.
The county Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the project on Aug. 28 with 17 conditions. Big Sky Cheese filed an appeal taking issue with nine of the conditions.
The city has no jurisdiction in the permitting or zoning for the proposed Madison Food Park, which is located in the county jurisdiction.
But the council, and many local officials, acknowledge that if built, the project would have a significant impact on the city, including things under the city’s authority such as infrastructure and emergency services.
NC5 wrote also included school, social services, housing and the environment as areas that would be impacted by the proposed food processing complex.
In their resolution, NC5 wrote that the 2014 Cascade County Growth Policy requires the county and city to coordinate and cooperate on growth policies. The city’s growth policy hasn’t been updated since 2013. The county planning board recently voted to leave their 2014 document unchanged.
NC5 wrote in their resolution that the City Commission and city staff have been silent on the proposed Madison Food Park.