On The Agenda: Area Transportation Plan

By Beacon Staff

Kalispell City Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. for its first meeting in the new City Hall at 201 First Avenue East, the old Wells Fargo bank building.

Topping the agenda tonight is the council’s plan to vote on the 2006 update to its Area Transportation Plan, which lays out road improvement and construction costs totaling more than $110 million until 2030 – most of which will be paid for by state and federal funds.

The plan is nonbinding, and simply provides a framework for where and how roads will develop in coming decades. The city will pick up about $17 million of the costs for the road improvements, which it hopes to pay for through road impact fees on new developments – a contentious issue as of late. The council will be hammering out the road impact fees over the next few weeks, planning a vote sometime later this spring. Debate over road impact fees is unlikely to be an issue in tonight’s vote.

Also on Kalispell City Council’s agenda:

Council will vote on zoning, planned unit development amendment and preliminary platting for phase one of the Bloomstone subdivision, an 85-acre project just west of the Kids Sports complex on the north side of Four Mile Drive. The first phase of development would incorporate single family detached lots, townhouse lots and a multi-family lot accommodating a maximum of 64 apartments.

The second phase of the Aspen Creek subdivision is up final plat approval. This phase consists of 30 single-family residential lots and 10 townhouse lots on 11.5 acres located on the south side of Three Mile Drive.

Council will also award a bid for sidewalk and curbing construction, and give the Community Spirit Award to Edna Begg, and give the Montana Big Brother of the Year award to Bill Harris. At 6 p.m., prior to the meeting, the council will hold a closed executive session continue its evaluation of the performance of City Manager Jim Patrick.