Polson to Formulate Strategic Plan

Strategic plan, zoning rules subject of upcoming meetings

By Justin Franz

The city of Polson will begin formulating a strategic development plan for the community on the south end of Flathead Lake. The plan will be the subject of a special meeting on March 21.

Meanwhile, the city is also revising its zoning rules for the first time since the 1990s. The new Polson Development Code will be the subject of regular commission meetings on March 21 and April 4.

In a press release, Mayor Heather Knutson said the strategic plan is something that has been on the commission’s radar for a number of years and city officials recently attended a workshop at the Montana State University’s Local Government Center to learn more about the process of creating one. The plan will guide the city in how it grows in the future.

“Although this first meeting was just the beginning of what will be a fluid, ever-changing document to help guide the direction of the City, my hope is that this will offer our citizens and community an insight into the current and future identified challenges and projects,” Knutson wrote. “It allows us all to be more effective in planning and preparing for some of these larger projects as we can see them coming on the horizon.”

The strategic plan will be discussed in detail at 6 p.m. on March 21 right before the regularly scheduled city commission meeting. Then, at 7 p.m., the commission will have its first reading of the new development code that has been developed in recent months. The second reading will take place at the regular meeting in April.  To read the new development code, visit www.cityofpolson.com. Questions can also be sent to Mayor Knutson at [email protected]

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