Another Variance

In the Ole’s Parking Lot, we’ve got another variance to address. Please see the details below. Thank you!

Here we are again… We promised that we would do our very best to keep the neighborhood informed, but had no idea just how many times we would find ourselves in this spot, over and over again. The Ole’s lot surrounding the gas station. For many years, it has had a planned variation that would allow housing/apartments. The developer is asking for a revocation of the planned variation. Why might you ask? Well because the planned variation would only allow 44 units. If the property reverts to the same zoning as the rest of Ole’s, they can built 59 units! Three stories! More is better, right? I will not do more today than let you neighbors know the facts. Time is short, comments are due in a couple of weeks. Think about how you feel about this. Please post comments! We can meet as a group to discuss a unified message, if we have one. Check the links below, I am not sure how well they will work, but I have the originals and can forward them to anyone who needs them. Comments are requested by Monday, November 8, 2021. Thank you in advance for your consideration; your comments are much appreciated. Comments received up to that date will be included with the staff report and public hearing packet. Any comments received after that date will be brought to the public hearing.

Should you wish to attend the public hearings concerning this request, the public hearing before the Planning Board will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 6:00 PM. See information on how to view the hearing and submit comments including a Citizen Participation Guide at:

Public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners will be held over a Microsoft Teams call on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM. To join the call on your phone, call 406-272-4824, Conference ID 513 904 676#.

The application and attachments can also be viewed here:


Happy Halloween!

We thought it a might be beneficial to create a Halloween Trick-or-Treat map for our neighborhood. If you were missed, please feel free to message us and we’ll get a tiny ghost added for your location.

You’ll notice a few icons that have our famous EMU icon, and those are special safety stations provided by our friends at River of Life. There are two more, not pictured on our map, at 187 S Easy St – Ben Hughes Park & another on the Corner of West Riverside Dr. & 4th St. (Milltown). We wanted our map to be “walkable” but also inclusive. There is one more address that was submitted in West Riverside – 7810 W. Riverside Dr. so if you plan to find treats in that neighborhood – don’t miss that spot!

We hope to add to our map next year. Enjoy!

Here is a link if you prefer that.

Stay Safe!