Press Release: 11/18/2019

Big Sky Cheese, LLC and Madison Food Park, LLC Appeal of the Zoning Board of Adjustments Final Decision on Special Use Permit #006-2019

Great Falls, MT— 11/18/2019 On September 26, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners received an appeal from Big Sky Cheese, LLC and Madison Food Park, LLC, appealing portions of the Zoning Board of Adjustment decision issued on August 28, 2019 approving Special Use Permit (SUP) #006-2019 upon seventeen (17) conditions for the operation of a value-added Agricultural Commodity Processing Facility: a Cheese Processing Facility.  The ultimate decision approving SUP #006-2019 is not being appealed.  Rather, nine (9) out of the seventeen (17) conditions are being appealed, including conditions #2, #3, #7, #8, #12, #14, #15, #16, and #17.

The public is invited to watch the deliberations of the Board of County Commissioners in reviewing the final decision made by the ZBOA on August 28, 2019 and will render its final decision on the appeal on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Family Living Center at Expo Park, 400 3rd Street NW, Great Falls, Montana.  There will be no public comment taken on this matter.  The review will be based on the developed record which includes: all public comments provided, all the Applicant’s submitted materials, the Planning Department’s materials such as staff reports, notices, etc., and all audio recordings of the ZBOA.

The Big Sky Cheese SUP application, supplementary materials, and public comments are on file in the Planning Department’s office or on the Planning Department’s website at www.cascadecountymt.gov/departments/public-works/planning/project2.   A copy of the Notice of Conditional Approval letter issued on August 28, 2019, and the Madison Food Park, LLC and Big Sky Cheese, LLC appeal can be found under “Special Meetings” at


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