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Zoning Commission endorses new location for Billings Flying Service

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In a unanimous decision, the Yellowstone County Zoning Commission endorses a new location for Billings Flying Service west of the Billings Logan International Airport.

It has been a heated debate over what is the appropriate use for some 20 acres of land north of Highway 3.

The Zoning Commission listened to testimony from both sides of the issue for nearly three hours.

Billings Flying Service is proposing to expand its Chinook Helicopter operations and build a new facility on the property in question.

But some home and land owners in the area are not happy, citing noise and appropriate land use issues.

"My concern is for all benefit of Billings, said one homeowner.  “But I think you need to take a long hard look at this before you just yea or nay it based on economics and what good guys we have. I have no doubt about those things, but there are certainly other things to consider."

Proponents, on the other hand, see the proposal as a big benefit to Billings.

"What better place for a helicopter operation than next to the Billings International Airport,” said Yellowstone County District Judge Russell Fagg. “For the neighbors out there, I know you're concerned, but I really believe that in ten years you are going think they are the best neighbors that we ever could have had come to this property."

The Zoning Commission will present its recommendation to the County Commission.

The County Commission has set a public hearing on the proposed zoning change during its Mar.1 meeting beginning at 9:45 a.m.


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