Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Speak up about Mountain Gateway project

| November 17, 2021 1:00 AM

A second, critically important Planning Board meeting set for Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at City Hall will center on the Mountain Gateway Development being proposed at the junction of Big Mountain Road and East Lakeshore Drive. As a 35-year member of this community and a board member of Flathead Families for Responsible Growth, I am asking you to please join us at City Hall to continue the dialog as to why this development should be stopped in its tracks.

Our community has already spoken against Mountain Gateway, with over 3,700 names on a petition, over 400 letters directed to the Planning Board and City Council and with hundreds of people who attended the Oct. 21 Planning Board meeting in person and online. Remember, we are not opposed to growth. We are against irresponsible growth in our community. And we are opposed to this development because it is not a meaningful answer to affordable housing, even though the developers would like you to think so.

That being said, Flathead Families for Responsible Growth board members are excited about the affordable housing project being proposed on city land on Monegan Road. There are no “smoke and mirrors” tactics here, just a few community-minded benefactors who would like to see our workforce both work and live here in Whitefish.

Carol Atkinson, Whitefish