Board gives favorable recommendation to body shop expansion

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The Whitefish Planning Board met last week on June 20.

During the meeting, the board:

• Unanimously recommended approval for a request by Don Kaltschmidt of Eagle Enterprises LLC for a conditional use permit to add 2,250 square feet to an existing building that is part of Kaltschmidt’s car dealership on U.S. Highway 93. The plan calls for expanding an existing structure to create additional workspace for a body shop.

The expansion of the building will cause the total footprint to be 15,000 square feet or greater, which requires a conditional use permit.

City Council is set to hold a public hearing on the request on July 1.

• Unanimously recommended approval for a request by Louise Fisher for a preliminary plat for a 15-lot subdivision known as Mountain Brook Subdivision at 133 Armory Road. The 7.46-acre property is currently undeveloped and zoned one-family limited residential.

The lots are planned to have frontage along a new publicly maintained road connecting to Armory Road at the north and south ends. The applicant is requesting a variance to only install sidewalks on one side of the street.

The developer is requesting to pay cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication instead of creating a park.

Concerns for the project include that it would increase traffic on Armory Road, increase impervious surfaces that could impact existing drainage and potential for high groundwater, and proposed tree removal and loss of wildlife habitat.

City Council is set to hold a public hearing on the request on July 1.

• Unanimously recommended approval for a request by Will MacDonald on behalf of Quarry Joint Venture for a zone change for three lots to WB-1. One property has a vacant car wash and coffee stand and the other two are vacant along Wisconsin Avenue.

The current zoning on the lots is split-zoned at low density resort residential and limited business district, which according to planning staff, makes the three lots undevelopable due to the zoning code.

City Council is set to hold a public hearing on the request on July 1.

• Unanimously recommended approval for a request by Heidi Schley-Jacobson for a conditional use permit to construct an accessory apartment at 1660 W. Lakeshore Drive.

City Council is set to hold a public hearing on the request on July 1.

• Unanimously recommended approval for a request by the city to rezone a 1-acre parcel annexed into the city limits from SAG-10 to county residential. The property is located at 350 Armory Road.

City Council is set to hold a public hearing on the request on July 15.

• The board agreed to postpone a decision on a request by 519 Skyles Place for a conditional use permit for 54 apartments in two buildings at 519, 523 and 525 Skyles Place. The applicant requested the public hearing be pushed back to the board’s July 18 meeting.

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