The Yellowstone County Zoning Commission will meet today as part of the special review process for a new gravel pit project proposed in West Billings. Q2 reports FirstMark Materials has plans to operate the project on the land on Wise Lane and Story Road, near Oscar’s Park. Some of the property is zoned for agriculture and FirstMark has asked for a special review to operate an open cut mine. The plans call for the gravel extraction mine to occupy about 116 acres. FirstMark business development manager Ed Walker said the land is properly zoned for about half the proposed project– to be finished in 12 to 15 years– and allowing the rest of the land to be purposed for the project would keep the equipment farther away from other businesses in the area. Get more online at

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