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

By Beacon Staff


Two weeks after approving a draft of the city’s growth policy, the Whitefish City Council will consider several proposed changes to the policy and address concerns raised by the F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company at tonight’s council meeting.

Ron Buentemeir, general manager of Stoltze Lumber, has voiced displeasure over four parts of the policy, changes he said were made at the last minute before the Nov. 5 council meeting. Foremost among these concerns, he said, is the policy’s requirement that all historic trail and open-land access points are available to the public. Whitefish Planning Director Dave Taylor will present responses to Buentemeir’s concerns at the meeting tonight, which begins at 7:10 p.m.

Also to be discussed:

-Remediation process for short-term rental violations in residential zones
-Request from Shelly Macguire to include barbershops in the list of professional offices defined in the zoning regulations
-Recommendation to award a consultant contract for Phase 1A of the Trail Runs Through It project
-Recommendation to review and comment on the proposed U.S. 93 Whitefish West Project
-Approving the Snow Removal and Ice Control Manual
-Discussion on memorandum from Whitefish Chamber of Commerce concerning medians on U.S. 93 South


Kalispell City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. to vote on a resolution reiterating the council’s resolve that the southern portion of the U.S. 93 bypass construction be constructed before other parts of the projects.

Council will also vote on whether to allow the Meadowlark Montessori school be allowed to operate in a residential area, and consider whether city sewer customers north of Evergreen be allowed to ship waste through Evergreen via its sewage lines, and down to the Kalispell wastewater treatment plant.

After the meeting in a work session, council will discuss enlarging the intersection of U.S. 93 and Idaho Street, and adding several sculptures in small parks at the corners.