Category Archives: Parking

Parking board gets training on open meeting laws; public participation

The Parking Advisory Commission was among the first to get a training session since the City Commission adopted new training requirements for members of all city boards and commissions. City Attorney Sara Sexe reviewed open meeting laws and public participation with the PAC during their Monday that was also attended by Mayor Bob Kelly and prospective PAC member Jeff Patterson,

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Annual downtown conference highlights growth in Great Falls’ downtown scene

At the 10th Annual Montana Downtown Conference, which was held in Great Falls this week, about 100 business owners, developers, government officials and more gathered to discuss what’s working in downtowns across Montana and ways to improve. Friday morning, a panel focused on business development opportunities in the downtown and included Joan Redeen from the Great Falls Business Improvement District

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Twilite Center project gets approval, with sidewalk condition

Plans for an office building on the site that was once planned for a Boston’s Pizza got initial approval from the city’s Design Review Board this week. Three members of the DRB attended the meeting and one had to recuse himself because he was the landscaper on the project. It was the same situation at the DRB meeting two weeks

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Pocket neighborhood ok’d by planning board

Beargrass Village, the city’s first pocket village, got approval from the Planning Advisory Board/Zoning Commission. Seven of the board’s nine members attended Tuesday’s meeting, with one recusing herself from the discussion and the vote because she’s involved in the project. Pocket neighborhood proposed for former Kranz Floral site gets public hearing on Tuesday Beargrass Village is a pocket neighborhood proposed

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Commission delays reappointments to parking board

Quorum problems with the city’s planning and parking boards have caught the attention of the City Commission and on Tuesday, they postponed two reappointments. The agenda included appointing Kellie Pierce of the Downtown Great Falls Association to a seat that had been vacated by a member who termed out in 2016 but has continued to serve until a replacement could

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Parking board beginning strategic planning process

The Parking Advisory Commission took their first stab at a strategic plan with SP+, the city’s parking contractor, during a nearly two-hour meeting last Thursday. But, they spent about half the meeting off topic and talking over each other. Staff sent the PAC a memo on Aug. 29 detailing the process and objectives for the Sept. 21 meeting. The memo

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Commission approves parking fee increase; training requirement for elected, appointed officials

City Commissioners voted 4-1 to increase monthly rates for the city’s two parking garages to $51. They also officially established a pedlet program within city code and granted the city manager the authority to negotiate and authorize special incentive rates for bulk parking leases in the garage and surface lots for customers who either lease numerous garage spaces and/or pre-pay

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Updated design of 216-unit apartment complex approved by city board

The proposed design for a 216-unit apartment complex for the corner of Division Road and Smelter Avenue Northwest was approved last year, but went back to the Design Review Board this week due to a major change in the layout and building configuration. Farran Realty Partners, the same company that built Talus Apartments south of Benefis Health System and the University

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Increased parking fees proposed for downtown Great Falls

One of Great Falls’ perpetual headaches, downtown parking, is back on the City Commission’s agenda this month. A number of changes have implemented by the city, but the dynamic has also changed downtown. In December 2014, the Parking Advisory Commission brought recommendations to commissioners for generating revenue for the parking program, which is in need of dollars to make needed

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Road construction frustrating downtown business owners

Downtown construction is always an inconvenience but this year it’s ruffled a few more feathers. The 500 block of Central Avenue has been closed for several weeks as part of a multi-phase project to reduce pooling water downtown and improve drainage. Last year, similar work was done in the 400 block and next year the project moves to the 300

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