On the Agenda: Emergency Services Center, Valley Ranch PUD

By Beacon Staff

At tonight’s public meeting, the Whitefish City Council will discuss text amendments to the critical areas ordinance clarifying its application to existing lots.

Also at the meeting, which begins at 7:10 p.m. at City Hall, councilors will request nominations for a community interview panel to aid in the city manager selection process. At a work session that begins at 5:30 p.m. and is also held at City Hall, the council will get its initial look at the design plans for the city’s new emergency services center, which will house the city courts, police department and fire department along Baker Avenue.

The council will also address:

-Request to rezone three properties in Haugen Heights
-Request for a conditional use permit to operate a daycare center
-Text amendments to allow professional artist studios/galleries and professional offices on Baker Avenue
-An appeal from Tom Webster, asking the council to reverse an architectural review committee decision to construct a 16-unit multi-family building on Edgewood Place
-Recommendation to proceed with installation of a traffic signal at intersection of Highway 93 South and JP Road
-Recommendation to award construction contract to Sandry Construction for the Viking Lift Station Improvement Project
-Recommendation to award a construction contract to Sandry Construction for the Wisconsin Avenue Sewer Improvement Project
-Update on status of city-county transition team


At a work session following tonight’s formal Kalispell City Council meeting at 7 p.m., the planning department will present a proposed planned unit development (PUD) for the Valley Ranch subdivision, an 80-acre development on the east side of U.S. Highway 93, about a mile and a half north of the intersection of West Reserve Drive.

The PUD proposes 85 residential lots, 33 townhouse lots, a future assisted and independent living center with up to 104 units and an apartment and condominium lot capable of accommodating 160 units. The plan also includes 21.2 acres of parkland and open space, and a bike path along the development’s U.S. 93 frontage.

The city annexed the land for Valley Ranch in July of 2007, but has not yet approved a PUD. A PUD is an arrangement where the city relaxes some zoning requirements as long as the development essentially maps out what it will look like, including parkland other measures to ease its impact on the city. No formal votes are allowed at a work session.

In its formal meeting, Kalispell City Council will also vote on the following measures:

–A resolution to hold a public hearing Nov. 3 on the construction of a mental health center on Buffalo Hill.

–A public hearing on whether to issue bonds for the rehabilitation of Glacier Manor Apartments and Treasure State Plaza. Council will also vote on a resolution to preliminarily approve the issuance of those bonds.

–The Planning Board has issued zoning recommendations for six wholly surrounded properties annexed by the city Aug. 18.

–Final plat approval of a lot for the Timberwolf Center, a commercial subdivision housing the state’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation office along the east side of Stillwater Road.

–Final plat approval of Legends Court, a three-lot subdivision on land located at 1224 4th Avenue West.

–Board appointments for the city’s new Skateboard Park Advisory Committee. Letters were received from Beverly Boe, William Bowser, Patrick Brooks, Deb Burfiend, JD Carabin and Javier Sanz. City staff also recommends Jennifer Young from the Parks Department and Steve Hoover of the Police Department serve on the committee.