Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

County planning board forwards zoning revisions to commission, with recommend to approve except for MU40 district

The Cascade County Planning Board voted 4-3 during their Sept. 10 meeting to recommend approval of the proposed zoning regulation revisions, with the exception of the MU40 district and an amended provision for medical marijuana. After spending about 20 minutes discussing whether to reduce a 1,000 foot setback for medical marijuana to 500 feet, the board realized the proposed revisions

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Road closed at Fox Farm, 18th Avenue Southwest next week for repairs

The intersection of Fox Farm Road and 18th Avenue Southwest will be closed to all traffic for utility and street repairs Sept. 16-17, according to city public works. Detour routes will be provided and signed to allow residential and emergency access. The project may be postponed due to inclement weather, according to public works. For more information, call 771-1401. Other

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Feasibility study to replace Natatorium in the works; demolition planned by end of year

The city is moving forward with plans for a feasibility study for a potential new indoor aquatics facility. City staff are currently developing the request for proposals for what is an estimated $60,000 to $80,000 study. Staff said during the Sept. 9 Park and Recreation Advisory Board meeting that they’re hoping to start the study this fall. Staff has said

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Annexation approved for Love’s truck stop near airport

City Commissioners voted unanimously last week to approve the annexation of 2.775 acres into the city for the development of a Love’s Travel Stop and Country Stores. The annexed parcels will be part of a larger development area that includes two parcels already in the city limits that are owned by the Great Falls International Airport Authority. The development will

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Road closure for water main river crossing installation

The intersection of 19th Avenue South and Upper River Road will be closed to vehicles beginning Sept. 11 and completing Sept. 25, weather permitting. Two-way traffic on Upper River Road will be maintained but traffic speed will be reduced in the construction area, according to city public works. The closure is related to the installation of water main crossings under

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Upcoming Central Avenue closures

The Downtown Great Falls Association is reminding the community of upcoming road closures for Central Avenue, though not all of the events are coordinated by the association. The list is for information purposes and may not be a complete list. The city website posts street closures here. September 13 – UPtown goes Downtown event: 300-400 blocks of Central closed from

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Latest owner built homes group celebrate progress, nearing completion

Another 10 families are preparing to move into their self-built homes as part of the owner built homes program through NeighborWorks Great Falls. Last week, the families opened their doors to the community for a celebration of their yearlong effort to build the homes on 39th Avenue Northeast in the Thaniel Addition on the northern edge of the city limits.

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Four Neighborhood Councils meet next week

Four neighborhood councils meet next week. Neighborhood Council 7 meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Gibson Room at the Civic Center. Agenda items include committee reports, neighborhood concerns and guest speakers. The guest speakers are Terry Thompson, candidate for City Commission, and Wayne Bye, Montana Department of Probation and Parole deputy chief of Region 3. The council area includes

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Cattery project underway at city animal shelter

The city broke ground this week on the cattery addition at the Great Falls Animal Shelter. Commissioners voted in May to approve the $462,000 contract to Detailed Construction, after initially postponing it and then reversing course to bring it back for a vote. Robinson, Moe: City should take over review of partnership options with Maclean Shelter staff fundraised and the

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Commission approves code change to allow for part-time judge appointment

Commissioners unanimously approved changes to city code to all for the part-time Municipal Court judge that was included in the city budget approved in July. State law requires that the number of Municipal Court judges be set by ordinance by the governing body. The elected Municipal Court judge may appoint a properly qualified part-time judge to serve during the elected

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