In Progress: Highway 93 South Corridor Plan

A corridor plan for Highway 93 South (Corridor Planning Area Map) has long been a priority for the City of Whitefish. In 2007, the Whitefish City-County Growth Policy was adopted and included a Future Land Use Policy for the City to facilitate corridor plans for all major transportation corridors. Corridor plans for Highway 93 West (2015) and Wisconsin Avenue (2018) have been completed. Work on the Highway 93 South Corridor Plan began in-house in 2018. The Growth Policy recognized the complex nature of the issues plaguing the Highway 93 South Corridor and specifically called for the creation of a corridor plan that would successfully address commercial growth; scale; architectural standards; landscaping/screening; utilities; trip generation; traffic safety, circulation, access; and bike/pedestrian facilities.

Steering Committee

A Steering Committee was established to serve as the primary sounding board to work through the planning process with city staff and members of the public to establish a development policy for the Highway 93 South Corridor. The committee began meeting in May 2018. The Corridor Study Area was divided into three distinct segments for the purposes of identifying issues and opportunities, describing a vision for each segment, and setting goals to achieve that vision. At their June 7, 2021 meeting, the Steering Committee voted to move forward with a public review draft of the plan. For more information, visit the Highway 93 South Corridor Plan Steering Committee page.

Next Steps 

October 4, 2021: City Council will consider adoption of the Draft Highway 93 South Corridor Plan. A public hearing will be held to receive feedback and comments on the draft plan. The Planning Board recommended adoption of the plan at its last regular meeting on August 19, 2021.

Public Input

First Public Open House
The first public open house was held September 5, 2018. The purpose of the open house was to provide information and invite the public to help identify issues, concerns, and opportunities for improvement. Approximately 25 people joined City staff and Steering Committee members to learn about the project and provide feedback. 

Review the First Open House Comments (PDF).

Second Public Meeting
The second public meeting was held January 8, 2019 at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Over 60 people turned out for the workshop style meeting. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Corridor planning process; you provided a lot of great feedback and direction.

View a Summary of Input Received at the Workshop (PDF).

Online Survey                                                                                                                                                                                     An online survey was available for the public to take from January 1 through February 14, 2019. View the Complete Report of Survey Data (PDF).

Third Public Open House Meeting                                                                                                                                                     A public open house was held July 15, 2021 from 5 - 6 pm in City Hall followed by a work session with the Planning Board. A summary of the open house and work session materials and feedback received is included in Appendix A of the draft corridor plan.

Other Opportunities to Comment

You may submit comments any time via:

Review All Comments Received as of December 4, 2019 (PDF).

Draft Goals & Objectives

Over the summer of 2019 the steering committee started reviewing draft goals and objectives by segment of the highway. View the Summary of Draft Goals and Objectives as of July 2019 (PDF).

Project Updates

If you would like to be added to the mailing list and receive project updates, email Dave Taylor or call 406-863-2410.