KALISPELL - The city of Kalispell has been growing a lot recently and looking towards future growth with projects ranging from the core area project to the downtown plan.
Another area where Kalispell is seeing growth is where there is also a need is family housing developments. The planning board will meet this week to send a recommendation about a new development to a city council to vote on in March.
The city planning board will deliberate Tuesday evening over a proposal for a 324-unit housing development project that would be built on Two Mile Drive. The plans were submitted to the board in December and since then the community has voiced their concerns.
Kalispell Senior Planner Jarod Nygren says they have heard a lot of public comment since the plan was presented in December with nearby community members raising concerns ranging from pedestrian access to potential flooding.
This prompted the planning board to direct staff to work with the developer to get a better understanding of how the new project would impact the community, before making a final recommendation.
“Get some more traffic information, some more stormwater information, prior to proceeding,” Nygren said.
Although the city has worked with the developer to get all the information requested, Nygren says there is no guarantee that the recommendation will be given Tuesday.
“Depending on whether they think they’ve obtained all the information that they requested. If they don’t feel they’ve gotten all the information they need to make a decision, they likely will continue it again to the March planning board meeting,” said Nygren.
Nygren also added that with the city at 0% vacancy, any housing projects like this, can be a benefit to the city.
“We are trying to look for providing additional housing options whether its multi-family, single family, we’ve done a lot to provide for those types of uses and look forward to getting more of those projects in the future,” Nygren said.
Once the City Planning Board deliberates it will pass its recommendations on to Kalispell City Council.