Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

Big Sky Cheese on Aug. 28 county zoning board agenda

Big Sky Cheese is back on the agenda for the Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment at their Aug. 28 meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Family Living Center at Montana Expo Park. The special use permit application for Big Sky Cheese will be the first item on the agenda, according to the county planning department. The ZBOA could vote

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Big Sky Cheese decision again postponed

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment again postponed a decision on the special use permit application from Big Sky Cheese. During the ZBOA’s July 22 meeting, county staff said they recommended postponing a decision so the public has enough time to review the additional information Big Sky Cheese provided to the county on July 11. Staff said they also

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County spinning planning out of public works department; creating new special projects manager position

Cascade County is reorganizing the Public Works department. The changes are coming as the department director is retiring from the position and moving to a full-time job with Alluvion Health. He will be filling a newly created part-time position to continue overseeing special projects within the county, effective Aug. 1. The county is splitting key functions within the department into

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Additional information submitted on Big Sky Cheese project; second public hearing set for July 22

During the June 27 public hearing on the Big Sky Cheese special use permit application, the Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment requested additional information on the project. The company’s principal member is Edward Friesen, who is also the principal in Madison Food Park, a proposed agricultural processing complex on U.S. Highway 89, a few miles outside the Great Falls

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Business Bites: Pizazz expanding; Tracy’s opening soon; Kelley Aline and GFPS win awards; Title 17 revisions

Pizazz Expansion Pizazz is expanding into the former Fox’s jewelry space on the corner of Central Avenue and 4th Street. The grand opening is scheduled for July 31. In the space, they’re opening a gourmet market, take-n-go deli, selling local and international foods and spices plus wine, beer, spirits, even a few beers on tap. “We are committed to being

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No decision on Big Sky Cheese permit until at least July

A decision on the proposed cheese plant just east of the city limit won’t be made until at least July. The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment met June 27 to consider a special use permit application from Big Sky Cheese for a  value-added agricultural commodity processing facility at 8346 U.S. Highway 89. The project is tied to the proposed

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Big Sky Cheese hearing set for June 27

A public hearing on the Big Sky Cheese application has been scheduled for 5 p.m. June 27 in the Family Living Center at Expo Park. Big Sky Cheese applied in April for a special use permit for a value-added agricultural commodity processing facility. Cheese processing plant proposed as first part of Madison Food Park; application submitted to Cascade County planning

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Big Sky Cheese gets $2.27 million bridge loan through GFDA

  The Great Falls Development Authority has approved a $2.27 million bridge loan package to the Madison Food Park for their Bid Sky Cheese project. Madison Food Park has submitted an application for a special use permit in April and no hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment has yet been scheduled, according to the county planning office. Cheese processing

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Discussions on future for Expo Park improvements continuing

A number of people associated with the Montana Expo Park met Tuesday morning to identify any other issues with the draft improvement plan that should be addressed as the consultant works on the additional study for the livestock zone. The Great Falls Tourism Business Improvement District already conducted studies determining that a multipurpose event space would be feasible in Great

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