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Montanans For Responsible Land Use files lawsuit over Big Sky Cheese review

Posted at 4:26 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 19:45:55-05

GREAT FALLS — For the past few months, Big Sky Cheese's special use permit application has been under review by both the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Cascade County Board of Commissioners. 

On Tuesday, Montanans For Responsible Land Use filed a lawsuit against the Cascade County Board of Commissioners for what it alleges is a violation of public process.

Montanans For Responsible Land Use claim that the Commissioners' refusal to take public comment into account at the November 21st meeting is a violation of public process.

Prior to the meeting, the Zoning Board of Adjustments approved Big Sky Cheese's special use permit application with 17 added conditions.

Big Sky Cheese appealed nine of those conditions. County commissioners then reversed four of those conditions and modified four others, but remained firm on the one about operational hours.

But Montanans For Responsible Land Use submitted a letter to the Zoning Board of Adjustments in response to Big Sky's appeal.

They tell us it was never included in the information the county commissioners based their decision on.

We've tried to contact both sides in the matter. Montanans For Responsible Land Use say they're not doing interviews at this time, and we still haven't heard back from the commissioners.