On The Agenda: Whitefish Growth Policy, U.S. 93 Bypass

By Beacon Staff

After two years of researching, discussing, consulting, drafting and revising, Whitefish is ready to adopt a growth policy. The Whitefish City Council votes tonight on the latest, and perhaps final, draft of the policy, which includes revisions made within the past couple of weeks.

The council will also discuss:

-Request for a variance from sign regulations for North Valley Hospital
-Recommendation to create quiet zones at railroad crossings
-Recommendation to proceed with design of the Rocksund Monegan Trail
-Approving the preliminary engineering report for the 2008 Wastewater System Improvements Project
-Funding request from Stephen Horowitz for the Glacier Nordic Club

In a work session following the regular meeting tonight, City Council will consider whether to spend $8.9 million in federal highway appropriations on a northern section of the proposed Kalispell bypass or the southern section. At issue is basically a question of relieving congestion near the intersection of U.S. 93 and Reserve Street, or relieving congestion in downtown Kalispell. No formal votes are allowed at the work session.

During the regular meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall, council will vote on whether to amend the growth policy to rezone 116 acres generally north of Foys Lake Road for the Willow Creek subdivision.

Danielle Heil and Joni Eystad are requesting a permit to operate a private preschool called the Meadowlark Montessori. Bridgeland Development LLP is requesting a zone change to develop six acres south of Four Mile Drive and north of Northland subdivision, as well as preliminary plat approval for a 19 lot subdivision for Phase 4 of the Northland Subdivision.

Council will also consider a request for a two-lot subdivision near the intersection of Meridian Road and Three Mile Drive. Three men are interested in the one position open on the Board of Adjustment: Brian Tanko, Robert Vine, Art VanDeraa. Council will consider who gets the slot.

The Police Department received a donation of $37,292.56 to purchase equipment for the Special Response Team and the Fire Department has been awarded several grants totaling $94,167. Council must amend the budget to include that money in the agency budgets.

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