2019 Zoning Regulations Revision

The Cascade County Planning Division is proposing substantial changes to the current Cascade County Zoning Regulations. The Planning Division will hold a public hearing with the Planning Board on February 19, 2019 at 9 AM in Room 105 of the Courthouse Annex (325 2nd Ave North, Great Falls, MT) to allow for the presentation of oral comments regarding the proposed changes. Planning anticipates holding a subsequent Planning Board hearing in March at which point a recommendation to the County Commission from that body will be requested. A location, date, and time for future meetings addressing the revisions have currently not been set and will vary depending on level of public interest, but will be noticed in the Great Falls Tribune, the Planning Division's website, and on this page.

Written comments (please provide your name and address along with your comments, anonymous comments may not be considered) are being accepted at the planning office; by U.S. Mail to 121 4th St N, STE 2H/I, Great Falls, MT 59401, by email at planningcomments@cascadecountymt.gov, or fax at (406)454-6919. If you are submitting comments, please fill out this form or include it with your materials.

Supporting materials can be found on the Planning Board's regular page here. Available public comments on the website reflect those that were received up to February 11, 2019, when the materials were compiled and mailed to the Planning Board members. Additional public comments received between February 11 and February 19 will be provided at the hearing. Comments received after February 19 will be provided to the board at the next hearing regarding these revisions. The proposed regulations can be found below.

Proposed Regulations with Tracked Changes

Proposed Regulations (Clean Version)


Public Hearing Process

The Cascade County Planning Division will be providing the following opportunities for oral public comment on the proposed zoning regulation and zoning map amendments:

  1. 1st Cascade County Planning Board public hearing
    • When: February 19th, 2019 at 9:00AM
    • Where: Room 105 in the Cascade County Courthouse Annex located at 325 2nd Ave North Great Falls, MT.
    • What: This public hearing before the Cascade County Planning Board will be an opportunity for the public to be heard concerning the proposed Cascade County zoning regulation and map amendments. This meeting will not involve a decision by the Planning Board on the proposed changes and is only for the purpose of providing a public forum. 
  2. 2nd Cascade County Planning Board public hearing
    • When: TBD (anticipated to be March 2019).
    • Where: TBD.
    • What: This public hearing before the Cascade County Planning Board will be an opportunity for the public to be heard concerning the proposed Cascade County zoning regulation and map amendments. This meeting may involve a decision by the Planning Board on the proposed changes. 
  3. Cascade County Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing
    • When: TBD, after 45 days notice and comment period pursuant to Montana Code Annotated (MCA) §76-2-205 (anticipated to be in April or May 2019).
    • Where: TBD.
    • What: Public hearing before the Board and may involve adoption of the proposal of the Planning Board.

For full details concerning the adoption process and public notification requirements refer to MCA §76-2-205 and §14 of the Cascade County Zoning Regulations.


Public Information Request

Cascade County has received multiple public information requests for documents associated with the proposed zoning text and map amendments. The three PDF files below are provided to the public for review in response to these requests.