Category Archives: Economic Development

Application submitted for distillery, the second phase of proposed Madison Food Park

The county planning office has received a special use permit from Silver Falls Distillery, the next phase of the Madison Food Park. The application was received Wednesday and is still being reviewed by staff. The application will require a public meeting and consideration by the Zoning Board of Adjustment, as did the first phase with Big Sky Cheese, but that

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Commission reinstates Design Review Board, with process changes

City Commissioners voted unanimously during their Dec. 3 meeting to reinstate the Design Review Board with changes to the process proposed by staff. They also directed staff to come back to the commission within a year to report on whether those changes have been helpful to the process before the city codifies the new process. Staff proposes reinstating city design

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Staff proposes reinstating city design review board with changes; city manager prefers to continue with staff review

The city’s Design Review Board has been suspended for a year and now staff is recommending reinstating it with changes. Last fall, city staff proposed suspending the DRB for six months since the planning department was understaffed and working on substantial changes to the development review process. Design Review Board discusses its process in case suspension ends After the six

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Two major aviation events coming to Great Falls in 2020

Great Falls will host two major aviation gatherings in 2020. Airport Director John Faulkner told the airport board during their Nov. 26 meeting that Great Falls had beat out Billings to host next year’s gathering of airline carriers in September. Faulkner said all of the North American carriers had been invited and earlier this fall, nine had attended the conference

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Vision for a vibrant downtown Great Falls, microvisioning project designs unveiled

Ideas for what downtown Great Falls could be took center stage this week at the unveiling of the downtown microvisioning project. Architects with L’Heureux Page Warner designed concepts for three blocks of downtown Great Falls based on feedback from an October brainstorming session. Public participates in creating vision for downtown Great Falls “These are dreams,” said Tim Peterson, an architect

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Commissioners modify, reverse and remand conditions on Big Sky Cheese from zoning board permit approval

County Commissioners voted during a special meeting on Nov. 21 to modify four, reverse four and remand one of the conditions imposed by the county Zoning Board of Adjustment in their approval of Big Sky Cheese’s special use permit. The ZBOA approved the permit on Aug. 28 with 17 conditions. Big Sky Cheese files appeal over some of ZBOA’s conditions

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City public works seeking $1.1 million in TIF funds for storm drain system in industrial district that includes ADF, Malteurop

The city planning board approved a tax increment financing request from the city public works department $1.1 million for public infrastructure projects in the Central Montana Agriculture and Technology Park, which includes Malteurop, ADF, International Steel Fabrication, T&K Performance LLC and Cargill research laboratories. The TIF district was created by City Commissioners in 2005 and expanded in 2007 with the

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Montanans for Responsible Land Use submit letter to county contesting Big Sky Cheese appeal

The Montanans for Responsible Land Use, a group of area landowners and citizens, submitted a letter to the Cascade County Commission last week regarding the Big Sky Cheese appeal of the conditions placed on their special use permit. Commissioners are holding a special meeting Nov. 21 to consider the appeal filed on behalf of Big Sky Cheese and its principal,

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Business Bites: Ladies’ Night Out; downtown visioning unveiling; Sora for sale; Pizza Ranch rumors

The Downtown Great Falls Association is hosting Ladies’ Night Out from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 21 with 24 participating locations offering specials. Many retailers will be offering specials until 8 p.m. but many restaurants and bars will be offering specials later into the night. More information is available here. The following downtown shops are participating and offering these specials, according to DGFA:

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County Commission to consider Big Sky Cheese appeal on Nov. 21

The Cascade County Commission is scheduled to conduct a special meeting Nov. 21 on Big Sky Cheese’s appeal of the conditions included in the county’s Zoning Board of Adjustment’s special use permit approval. The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Family Living Center at Expo Park. The ZBOA approved the permit on Aug. 28 but included

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