Large-scale housing estate leaders in front of the Whitefish Council


Whitefish City Council is due to vote Tuesday on a proposed 92-acre subdivision on East Edgewood Drive that would include industrial lots, multi-family developments and single-family lots.

The council meets on Tuesday due to Labor Day. City Council meets at 7:10 p.m. at City Hall, 418 E Second St.

The Council is about to consider several applications from 1291 Edgewood LLC for the project known as the Edgewood 90 project.

At its last meeting, Council held a public hearing on the matter, but delayed making a decision. He heard concerns about the proposal, including increased traffic in the area and the loss of farmland.

“This proposed land use, which requires deforestation and loss of agricultural use, will significantly change the landscape and use of East Edgewood Drive,” said Robin Edwards, noting that the family owns the property directly opposite. of the proposal. “It is apparent that the new owners have asked the city to annex the property to circumvent current zoning and housing requirements.”

Requests from 1291 Edgewood LLC include a change in future land use designation growth policy from planned industrial to urban for 3.4 acres, a rezoning of the same acreage from industrial to two-family residential, and a flat preliminary for a subdivision of 15 lots for the entire property. It also includes a planned unit development overlay for part of the subdivision to facilitate a multi-family development on 3.4 acres and allow for smaller lot sizes in the agricultural district east of East Second Street.

The properties are currently undeveloped and zoned industrial and county SAG-10 and AG-20.

On the west side of the development, the applicant is proposing five industrial lots and one lot to have 30 multi-family units in three buildings with attached parking. Six of the units are proposed to be deed restricted for affordability reasons.

On the east side of the development, the applicant proposes nine rural residential lots.

The project comprises 4.6 acres of open space with a proposed 10-foot-wide shared-use road connecting a new public street within the development to East Second Street.

The PUD is required to build the multifamily in WR-2 and mix densities on the east side to spread the lots across the entire 66 acres with lots ranging in size from 3.5 acres to 15 acres. In exchange for the zoning discrepancy, the applicant provides public access, public accommodation and affordable housing for the benefit of the community, the city staff report notes.

ADOPT THE The whitefish transportation plan is also submitted for consideration by the board at the meeting.

The city recently completed work on updating its transportation plan to account for areas of the city already under development and areas that may experience growth over the 20-year study horizon. The plan considers the future locations of guiding roads as the community grows and properties in outlying areas are subdivided.

The plan is meant to be a guide for the transportation system, including travel by private vehicles, public transportation, and walking and cycling. It describes existing systems and looks at forecasting travel demand and projected travel conditions.

It identifies intersection- and signal-specific issues and outlines potential network improvements. It prioritizes goals and objectives for improving transportation and defines policies and tasks to achieve those goals.

ALSO ON agenda, Council will consider rejecting bids for the reconstruction of the Grouse Mountain parking lot. The project involves the reconstruction of approximately 12,600 feet of parking for the city park and rest area on US 93. The parking lot is in poor condition and requires complete reconstruction to improve drainage and traffic conditions. surface.

City staff recommends that Council reject bids received for the project after they were 33% to 61% higher than the engineer’s estimate of $142,395 for the project. The low bid for the project was around $190,000 and the high bid around $228,000.

It is presumed that the contractors’ busy schedules, as well as inflated labor, fuel and material costs contributed to the underestimated cost of completing the project, said the Director of Public Works, Craig Workman. He says the city could see more profitable construction costs if work is renewed in the future.

Council will consider approving two grant applications for the city.

One for the Safe Streets for All program which would provide funding to the city to develop a comprehensive safety action plan, which is a necessary component of future Safe Streets building grants for transportation infrastructure improvements.

The other grant is for a Federal Railroad Administration level crossing elimination program. The purpose of the application is to obtain funding for a planning document which would review the existing level crossings at Whitefish and propose plans to improve safety, including at the existing overpass and level crossing improvements at State Park Road and Birch Point Drive.

Managing Editor Heidi Desch can be reached at 758-4421 or hdesch@dailyinterlake.com.