Planning Board Holds Doughnut Takeover Meeting

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead County Planning Board will hold a public hearing Wednesday evening on shifting all land in Whitefish’s “doughnut area” from city to county zoning designations.

In March, the county voted to rescind a 2005 inter-local agreement that transferred final land-use and zoning power in the doughnut from the county to the city. The city sued the county, in a case that appears to be heading toward the state supreme court. In the meantime, Flathead County is continuing its plans for taking over jurisdiction of the two-mile planning and zoning area surrounding the city, aiming to choose county designations that closely match the existing designations on lots and parcels there.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Earl Bennett Building in Kalispell. Maps showing the proposed zoning designations within the new zoning district are available for public review in the Flathead County Planning & Zoning Office, 1035 First Avenue West, in Kalispell.

Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup.

Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.