Council approves One Big Sky Center agreement

After more than three hours of testimony both for and against the proposed One Big Sky Center, the Billings City Council voted 6-2 Monday to approve the project’s pre-development memorandum of understanding.

Joining Mayor Tom Hanel in support of approving the agreement were Shaun Brown, Dick Clark, Ryan Sullivan, Rich McFadden and Larry Brewster.

Opposing it were Chris Friedel and Mike Yakawich.

Councilman Brent Cromley recused himself from the vote, saying his law office has completed some work for the developers. Council members Angela Cimmino and Al Swanson were absent.

While the agreement contains “no concrete commitments or responsibilities,” it does “authorize staff to work with the developers to produce an acceptable development agreement by June 30, 2017,” Assistant City Administrator Bruce McCandless wrote in a memo before the meeting.