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Kalispell council to finalize redistricting, consider numerous development projects

by BRET ANNE SERBIN
Daily Inter Lake | December 6, 2021 12:00 AM

The Kalispell City Council on Monday will vote to redistrict its four wards, and will tackle a long list of development proposals.

The city is seeking to make its wards “as nearly equal as possible” in line with state law, since recent population changes have expanded some wards more than others.

The council will look at a proposal in which large portions of Ward 1 in North Kalispell would be transferred to Ward 2, and a few small portions of Ward 1 would become Ward 3.

The portion of Ward 2 that currently extends south of the Parkline Trail would become Ward 3, while the adjoining portions of Ward 3 along the trail would become Ward 2.

Finally, two small sections on the border of Ward 3 and 4, which are currently part of Ward 3, would become Ward 4.

Four development proposals are also on the agenda for the Monday meeting.

Bish’s RV is requesting annexation of 8.36 acres at 3100 U.S. 93 South. The RV business is asking the council for a planned-unit development overlay of the annexed property and an adjacent 12.58-acre parcel already within city limits.

GMD Development LLC is asking the city for a conditional-use permit to allow for a multifamily residential development known as Junegrass Place. The development would contain up to to 138 units on 5.82-acres at 1079 North Meridian Road.

Another multifamily application comes from Briggs Anderson for a development known as The Harper. The developer is seeking a conditional-use permit for a multifamily residential development with up to 40 dwelling units on 1.23 acres at 1280 U.S. 2 West.

Finally, APEC Engineering is applying for final plat approval of the Alder Homes Subdivision at 1221 Sixth St. W.

The last two items on the agenda for Monday’s meeting concern the Kalispell Parkline Trail and the City-County Board of Health.

The city will consider paying a $227,315 change order to KLJ Engineering for unanticipated costs from building the Kalispell Parkline Trail.

The city originally paid the project engineer $7,507,882 for the project.

In addition to the change order, the city is proposing to add the costs for water impact fees for the connection of water services lines serving the trail. The impact fee cost is $25,000.

The final agenda item is the appointment of an elected official or other designee as the city representative to the Flathead City-County Board of Health.

The meeting is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 201 First Ave. E.

Reporter Bret Anne Serbin may be reached at 406-758-4459 or bserbin@dailyinterlake.com.