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December 17th 2015, 10:30am and 11:00am
Final Two-Part Public Hearings on County Proposed Zoning for Two-mile area around Whitefish in the Flathead County Commissioners Conference Room, third floor, 800 S. Main Street, Kalispell.

2015 Documents and Maps on County Proposed Zoning for Two-mile Area around Whitefish:

Citizens for a Better Flathead Letter on Proposed Final Zoning for the area surrounding the City of Whitefish, submitted for public hearings on December 14th, 2015

City of Whitefish Letter on Rural Whitefish Zoning District Amendments, submitted for public hearings on December 14th 2015

City of Whitefish Letter on Rural Whitefish Zoning Text Amendments, submitted for public hearings on December 10th 2015

City of Whitefish Letter: Comments on changes it opposes to this zoning presented to the Flathead County Planning Board on September 9, 2015

Citizens for a Better Flathead Letter: Comments on changes it opposes to this zoning presented to the Flathead County Planning Board on September 9, 2015

2015 Proposed County Planning Board Maps of proposed new zones changes to two mile area around Whitefish

2015 City of Whitefish Maps of existing zones and growth policy map covering two mile area around Whitefish

Whitefish City-County Growth Policy Future Land Use Map

Updates to Flathead County Planning Board Staff Reports and Maps showing additional changes approved by the planning board on September 9th and sent to the county commissioners for the December 17th public hearing. Proposed new zones and zone text changes to two mile area around Whitefish.

Flathead County Planning and Zoning Office Staff Report: Zoning Text Admendment August 24th, 2015 (#FZTA-15-01)

Flathead County Planning and Zoning Addendum to Zoning Text Amendment Report #FZTA-15-01, Flathead County Planning Board, September 24th 2015

Flathead County Planning and Zoning Office Rural Whitefish Zoning District Report FZD-15-01, August 26th 2015

Flathead County Planning and Zoning Addendum to Zoning Text Amendment Report #FZD-15-01, Flathead County Planning Board, September 25th 2015

Text of specific county changes county is proposing with some key changes highlighted in yellow to current zoning districts:

Section 3.45: B-2A Secondary Business

Section 3.46: BMRR Big Mountain Resort Residential

Section 3.47: BMV Big Mountain Village

Section 3.48: BSD Business Service District

Section 3.49: RR-1 Low Density Resort Residential

Comments on the County Proposed Zoning for Two-mile area around Whitefish can be sent to the Flathead County Commissioners' Office at 800 South Main, Rm 302, Kalispell MT 59901, or emailed to Elaine Nelson at ENelson@flathead.mt.gov.

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2015-2016 (coming soon)
Citizens for a Better Flathead’s Appeal to the Montana Supreme Court to Overturn County Changes to the 2012 Flathead County Growth Policy

2015 Montana District Court Ruling on Citizens for a Better Flathead’s Suit to Overturn County Changes to the 2012 Flathead County Growth Policy

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February 12, 2014
Citizens for a Better Flathead Asks District Court to Rule on the Legality of Flathead County’s Adoption of Amendments to the Flathead County Growth Policy.

CBF press release on growth policy legal action

District Court Complaint: Flathead County Growth Policy Adoption

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July 2013
COURT RULES LOCAL GOVERNING BODIES MUST WORK TOGETHER

The District Court Ruling Declared Void Flathead County Approval of a New Commercial Zone, which would have allowed strip commercial uses on property along all primary and secondary highways/roads in Flathead County.

CBF press release on Court Ruling overturning B-2HG Zoning
District Court Ruling on B-2HG Zoning
Map of roads where the B-2HG zone could have been applied
had the court not found it illegal.

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B-2HG General Business Highway Greenbelt Text Amendment to Flathead County Zoning Regulations

In July 2011, Flathead County created a new zoning designation that allows for strip commercial development along all major roads in Flathead County.

Final Text of B-2HG Zone

Where and How Can B-2HG Be Applied?

Roads Where B-2HG Applies

Map of Roads Where B-2HG Applies

Flathead County Planning Board Text Amendment Staff Report
August 24, 2010

Addendum to Flathead County Planning Board Staff Report
March 9, 2011

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Comments Opposing B-2HG Submitted to County Offices

City of Kalispell Comments for B-2HG Text Amendment Hearing
Flathead County Planning Board September 8, 2010
(Citizens for a Better Flathead verbally endorsed these comments at the public hearing on September 8, 2010.)

Sharon DeMeester Comments for B-2HG Text Amendment Hearing
Flathead County Planning Board September 8, 2010

City of Whitefish Comments on B-2HG Text Amendment July 7, 2011

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As of December 12, 2011, Flathead County has approved the first application of the new zoning designation on 78.7 acres along Highway 93 North of Kalispell, just north of the entrance to Ponderosa Estates.

Notice of Passage of Resolution of Intention
December 12, 2011

Resolution for Noonan et al. Zone Change
December 12, 2011

Citizens for a Better Flathead Comments on Noonan et al. Zone Change September 21, 2011

Flathead County Planning Board Map Amendment Staff Report
August 24, 2010

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Documents Explaining Why and How Land Use and Transportation Planning Affect Community Life and the Local Economy

CBF Research Supporting and Defining Smart Growth Development

Flathead County Growth Policy Chapter 1: The Character of Flathead County

"Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities" by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

"Planning Principles and Practices"
by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute

"Evaluating Transportation Land Use Impacts"
by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute

"Critique of the National Association of Home Builders’ Research On Land Use Emission Reduction Impacts"
by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute

 

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*Attempts to update the 1987 Flathead County Growth Policy (or Master Plan as it was then called) were finally successful in 2007, after over almost a decade of efforts to find community consensus. Citizens for a Better Flathead (CBF) played an active role in this update process. The 2007 update was a broad and general policy with important goals, but lacked the clear guidance needed to address the rapid growth the county was still experiencing. The 2009 update of the Flathead County Subdivision Regulations provided additional guidance to the policy.

In a controversial move in October 2012 Flathead County approved major amendments to the 2007 Growth Policy that gutted many important policies in this plan, replacing it with the 2012 Growth Policy. Advocacy and support for a strong county growth policy has been a top priority for CBF throughout our 25-year history. In 2012 we filed a court action asking the District Court to review the legality of the changes the Flathead County Commissioners made.

In 2015, we are in the continued legal process of appealing this case against these 2012 amendments to the Montana Supreme Court.

CBF actively works to secure land use tools and policies to more effectively guide growth to respect the character of this special place. Securing strong and effective County and City growth policies which protect property rights of all residents are one of the most important planning issues facing the Flathead. To find out more about how these documents affect us, read The Planning Puzzle.