Cascade County to make decision on power plant zoning on Jan. 31

County commissioners have set Jan. 31 as the date when they will decide whether to rezone the proposed site for the Highwood Generating Station coal-fired power plant.

More than 90 residents bombarded county commissioners with testimony on the rezoning during a nearly 12-hour public hearing Jan. 15.


The rezoning would change farmland east of Great Falls owned by the Urquhart family to a heavy industrial designation. If the change is approved, the family plans to sell the land to Southern Montana Electric Generation & Transmission, which hopes to construct the $720 million power plant.

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