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The City Council will consider a series of zone changes and other planning items in its meeting Monday night.

The council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 220 N. 27th St.

One item on the agenda is a parking variance submitted by the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch for the old Garfield School property.

The YBGR is planning a major renovation of the shuttered school, but doing so would trigger new parking requirements that didn’t exist when the school was built a century ago.

The current site has 50 parking spaces, but the renovations would drop that number to just 10. City rules require 128 parking spaces for the site.

But besides the 10 spaces on site, the YBGR says it can provide 20 off-site spaces and 54 on-street spaces, for 84 spaces total. The city’s Public Works Division, which reviewed the variance request, is reluctant to support the variance unless the YBGR agrees to deed restrictions that limit the use of the site to what is proposed by the YBGR.

The council will also vote on creating a new park in the area of the Yellowstone Country Club that will be paid for through a special improvement district and a park maintenance district. Called the Yellowstone Family Park, it will cost $1.26 million to build and will be paid for by assessments to area residents.

The council will also consider a zone change on property connected to the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. at 3919 Montana Ave. and 327 Cook Ave. The company owns the property on Cook Avenue and plans to buy the adjacent property on Montana Avenue to allow for expansion. The zone change request would clean up some zoning issues surrounding the property. City officials are recommending approval.

There is also a zone change request for multiple lots in the Lake Hills subdivision. Owner Ron Hill wants to rezone 12.7 acres of land to make it all residential, including the creation of seven new lots from the Lake Hills golf course. Some neighbors have submitted valid protests, so the zone change can only pass with a supermajority of council votes.

The council will also consider purchase agreements for downtown land that will be used to build a new parking garage. The council tentatively approved the purchase two weeks ago, so Monday night’s action is expected to formalize that deal.

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Contact Matt Hagengruber at mhagengruber@billingsgazette.com or 657-1261.

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