Category Archives: Economic Development

City staff, commissioner disagree on Fox Farm easement issue

Last week, the City Commission voted to allow the proposed Town Pump hotel at the Fox Farm intersection to proceed without requiring an easement for road access. Commissioner Bill Bronson said during the meeting that he had discovered through his research that the road in question had previously been a city road that was vacated in 1961. When the city

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County zoning board applications due Friday for two vacancies

Cascade County is seeking applicants for the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which will be the body to approve or deny the special use permit application for the Madison Food Park. Terms for two ZBOA members expire at the end of this month. One of those members, Jim Edwards, has requested to be reappointed, according to the county. Applications for the

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County Commission denies Montana Egg tax abatement, approves final plat extension for Big Bend Ranch

The Cascade County Commission split the vote for the requested Montana Egg, LLC tax abatement, effectively denying the request. Commissioner Jim Larson voted against the tax abatement and Commissioner Joe Briggs voted in support. Commissioner Jane Weber was absent. The proposed abatement was for new or expanding businesses and is allowable under Montana state law. The abatement lasts for 10

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Next West Ridge phase advancing with plans for 18 lots, including townhomes

The city planning board will consider a final plat for West Ridge Phase 8 during its Dec. 12 meeting. The nearly 5 acre area in the area of 2nd Street Northeast and Choteau Avenue Northeast and was annexed and zoned R-3 Single-family high density in August 2015. The property was later rezoned to Planned Unit Development in February 2017 to

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Parking board continues strategic planning effort

This fall was the 70th anniversary of the first parking meters in downtown Great Falls. The longevity of the program is one of its strengths, Bill Mintsiveris said during the Parking Advisory Commission’s Thursday meeting as the group worked on its strategic plan. The group started by reviewing what they discussed in September during a meeting that focused on the

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Fox Farm easement requirement removed allowing hotel project to advance

After about an hour of public comment, City Commissioners voted 5-0 to remove the easement requirement for the planned Town Pump hotel at the Fox Farm intersection. Staff had recommended keeping the easement requirement over public safety concerns related to traffic in the area. Fox Farm easement set for commission decision on Dec. 5 The easement requirement had been added

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