Logjam Presents, the owner of the KettleHouse Amphitheater improvements and operator of the venue, has been working closely with the Missoula County Zoning Department since November, 2016. The KettleHouse Amphitheater has presented iterations of the architectural drawings to Missoula County throughout the design process.
The zoning regulation that existed prior to March 9, 2017, allowed for the KettleHouse Amphitheater to conduct events with a limited infrastructure (as the Big Sky Brewery has done for over ten years). Infrastructure such as permanent concession areas and permanent bathrooms were not permitted under the zoning regulation that existed prior to the passage of the March 9 zoning changes. Missoula County Zoning Department and the KettleHouse Amphitheater had reached an agreement that if the zoning changes were not passed on March 9, 2017, the KettleHouse Amphitheater could proceed with the limited infrastructure design concept. At no time was a show booked, or were tickets sold, without an understanding between Missoula County Zoning Department and the KettleHouse Amphitheater.
The KettleHouse Amphitheater postponed submitting for its final building permit in anticipation of the passage of the March 9 zoning changes. That said, the KettleHouse Amphitheater had obtained the required permits and approvals to complete its mass excavation, rough grading and other retaining wall work. The KettleHouse Amphitheater was proceeding with construction in a manner that would allow it to complete the venue with either the full infrastructure or limited infrastructure, depending on the outcome of the March 9 zoning meeting.
On March 9, the Missoula County Commissioners approved several zoning changes. These changes allow for the KettleHouse Amphitheater to proceed with the more robust design concept that includes a more permanent infrastructure. The KettleHouse Amphitheater intends to submit for a full building permit on March 13.
Overall, the KettleHouse Amphitheater has collaborated with the Missoula County Zoning Department, Missoula County Health Department, Missoula County Building Department, the Conservation District, not-for-profit organizations such as the Blackfoot Challenge and the Clark Fork Coalition, and other regulatory bodies to obtain all entitlements and support required to design, develop and construct a world class venue. We take issue with the characterization in the March 9 article that we proceeded without the required zoning to conduct shows in the new venue. While the limited infrastructure design would have been less ideal and detracted from the artist and concert goer experience, it would have been sufficient for our first year of operations. We delayed our final building plan submittal to utilize the zoning changes and have the opportunity to construct a more robust venue.