Planning and Zoning

News and Updates

  •  Planned Unit Development Zoning Overlay Code Re-Write:   The public review draft put together by the PUD Steering Committee is complete and will be reviewed at the May 18th Planning Board meeting in a workshop at 6 pm. The public is invited to comment. A copy of the draft, with the changes marked in red, is available HERE. For a summary of the revisions, click HERE.
  • Wisconsin Avenue Corridor Plan is underway and soliciting comments.
  • Short-term rental, sometimes referred to as a vacation rental, is the rental of a residential unit for less than 30 consecutive days.  Short-term rentals are only permitted in certain areas of our community (map).  Properties eligible for short-term rentals are required to obtained a short-term rental permit and a business license.  If you have any questions, please call our office at 406-863-2410.


The Planning Department provides advice and technical expertise to assist citizens, elected officials, committees, and public agencies in understanding controlling regulations, key issues, and priorities for community development, with a long term committment to economic vitality, design quality, and environmental integrity. Customer service, with an emphasis on building partnerships, is our first priority. 

Finding Us

The Whitefish Planning Department is located at 510 Railway Street, next to Depot Park.

Call us at 406-863-2410
Fax us at 406-863-2409

Our mailing address is:

City of Whitefish Planning Department
PO Box 158
Whitefish, MT 59937

City planning staff is here to assist you with your development projects.

David Taylor, AICP, Director   406-863-2416   e-mail
(long range planning, major projects, text amendments, zoning administration, food vendors, etc.)


Wendy Compton-Ring, AICP, Senior Planner   406-863-2418   e-mail
(subdivisions, PUDs, architectural review, CUPs, current planning, etc.)


Bailey Minnich, AICP, CFM, Planner II   406-863-2412  e-mail
(lakeshore protection, floodplain administration, variances, current planning, etc.)