Greetings and a big thank you to those of you who have been kind enough to send in your comments to the planning office! We’re not done yet, so if you haven’t yet sent in a comment there is still time until June 8th. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail Flathead County Planning and Zoning Office 1035 1st Avenue Avenue West Kalispell, MT 59901. The Planning Board meeting is scheduled for June 9th at 6:00pm on the second floor at 40 11th Street West (this is located at the south end of the skywalk between the two new county buildings). If you could attend that would be greatly appreciated! Furthermore, if you would like to attend via Zoom here are the details:
Greetings! You are all cordially invited to the next North Fork Land Use Advisory Committee meeting being held Tuesday March 9th at 6:00pm at Sondreson Hall. The text Amendment Sub Committee will be updating their progress. Your involvement is crucial to the success of this important endeavor to help preserve the North Fork we all know and love. Thank you.
The North Fork Land Use Advisory Committee has withdrawn the zoning appeal originally scheduled to be heard at the Flathead County Board of Adjustments on October 6. All of you who were planning to attend this meeting no longer need to do so.
A public hearing before the County Board of Adjustment is scheduled regarding an Appeal filed by the North Fork Land Use Advisory Committee to a written Zoning Determination from the County Planning & Zoning Office (“CP&Z”) regarding rental cabins, guest cabins and a yoga studio on property located at 1070 Numa Peak Lane. This Zoning Determination was made by the CP&Z in a letter to the owner of Montana Yoga Adventure subsequent to the August 4 Board of Adjustment hearing. The Appeal, filed by the North Fork Land Use Advisory Committee, disputes the CP&Z’s interpretation of two items contained in the North Fork Zoning Regulations. These items relate to “rental” cabin density (not guest cabins) which our zoning allows at one rental cabin “per each five acres of contiguous property owned”. The County Planning & Zoning has interpreted our zoning differently, by allowing one rental cabin per every parcel of land owned. In effect, according to them, our zoning provides that two separate parcels of record of contiguous property, each less than five acres, would be allowed a rental cabin on each parcel. In addition, the County is considering a canvas wall tent as a structure and building (although a tent does not conform to the Flathead County Zoning’s definition of either a structure or building) and as such, could be considered a rental cabin. We encourage all North Fork landowners to attend this public hearing on October 6 to voice their concern that our North Fork Zoning Regulations are being misinterpreted and not as intended. Save the date!
Here is a brief summary of the results of the August 4 Flathead County Board of Adjustment meeting . . .
During the Flathead County Board of Adjustment hearing on August 4, 2020, there were three requests for Conditional Use Permits to operate a “Camp and Retreat Center” on various North Fork properties. Besides the applicants, about 40 North Forkers attended the meeting. Several of them expressed opposition to each of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) requests during public comment. The objections to the Montana Yoga Adventure application were especially numerous, detailed and vigorous.
The Conditional Use Permit (CUP) request from North Fork Cabins, LLC for the acreage in the Home Ranch area containing the rental cabins was denied.
The CUP request from Northern Lights Land, LLC for the Home Ranch Store property was tabled until next month so that the applicant could supply more information. Unless something changes drastically, approval is unlikely.
The CUP request from Montana Yoga Adventure, LLC for their property on Numa Peak Lane was denied.
The North Fork Land Use Advisory Committee (NFLUAC) is meeting at Sondreson Hall on Thursday, July 9 at 7:00pm.
The NFLUAC was created by the Flathead County Board of Commissioners in July 1987 to serve as liaison between the county commissioners, the County Planning Board, other county offices, and local property owners. The stated purpose of the NFLUAC is to formally provide a process among all landowners and residents of the North Fork area to enhance the resource value of the North Fork River drainage and to allow active participation in shaping and guiding the future of the area.
Our North Fork Neighborhood Plan and ensuing zoning regulations are required to be reviewed every ten years. Our committee recently facilitated a meeting to comply. At that meeting both landowners in the audience and members of the committee determined that there were no substantive issues that led to thinking that the Plan needed amending. The committee will continue to meet as factual updating of the plan, along with other issues, need to be discussed. We will keep everyone apprised as this endeavor continues. Please review our meeting minutes and memo to the County Planning Board and contact me if you have any questions.
This coming Sunday October 14th the North Fork Land Use Advisory Committee will be meeting to discuss and review our Neighborhood Planning and Zoning as required every ten years. It will be held at 5:00pm at Sondreson Hall, just prior to the regular NFLA monthly meeting. This is an opportunity to give input on this plan developed many years ago to preserve and protect our unique way of life. If there are any questions or comments please contact me at email@example.com or (406) 640-3184. We hope to see you there!