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Be involved with newly-formed Community Development Board

| June 11, 2024 9:20 AM

The newly formed Community Development Board was created by the city of Whitefish in conformance with the State and merges the Planning Board with the Board of Adjustment. The board meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Why may this board be of interest to you? This board reviews variances, zoning appeals, land use permits, zoning/subdivision text amendments and long-range planning matters, including the growth policy which is being updated and will be vital for the future of Whitefish. 

In recent months there have been multiple appeals for variances, zoning, land use, etc. that may concern you, or may be of interest to you. With your involvement, your presence at the meeting and concern for the city’s future, you can make a difference, an important difference by sharing your views and concerns. Without your community support, the board is hamstrung by receiving limited information and your input may be vital in the board’s decision-making process. 

We are all busy but the city is very helpful with placing the agenda on the city’s webpage, and is posted on the door as well. I find that the city’s webpage posts all details for the Planning and Building Department under “Current Land Use Actions” several weeks in advance of the meeting. Now you and your neighbors can be fully informed and attend the meetings that are of interest. 

The Community Development Board’s decisions then go to the city council for their vote which will affect you, the citizen, in one way or another. Involvement is key. You are invited to attend these open forums.  After all, your input is vital for the future of Whitefish. The next Community Development Board meeting is Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. Please attend.

– Phil Boland, Whitefish