Stop halfway house in Whitefish neighborhood

Stop halfway house in Whitefish neighborhood

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Salmon Run Residence started this petition to The City of Whitefish and

Residents of Salmon Run Road and a few surrounding neighbors have received a notice from the City of Whitefish regarding a conditional use permit to construct and operate a halfway house facility that would house up to eight female school age students with live in supervision that are transitioning from the Chrysalis School, based out of Eureka, Montana.

The Chrysalis School is a for-profit therapeutic boarding school that caters to troubled, at-risk girls that are diagnosed and/or dealing with challenges like addiction recovery, depression and behavioral issues.

The site of the proposed build is on Salmon Run on a small .16 acre lot in very close proximity to two existing homes on the west side of the street.

I want to be clear that we are not opposed to the program Chrysalis operates or the recovery of these girls, just the fact that this residential single-family neighborhood is not a suitable or an appropriate fit for operating this type of facility.

Other considerations:

·        The lot has been platted and developed for use as a single-family lot and is zoned WR-2 

·        The conditional permit request states “Students will not have vehicles and will walk, bike or utilize public transportation to attend schools and jobs”

         o   We are not aware of any existing public transportation offered in the area

         o   Downtown Whitefish is >2 miles away, a ~40-minute walk

         o   Commuting by bike from the neighborhood to downtown Whitefish would be extremely challenging and dangerous for the winter months of the year

·        Currently, Salmon Run is a partially paved through street, with limited parking on one side of the street

·        The facility would share a driveway with a current single-family resident

·        Chrysalis is a for-profit therapeutic boarding school. Annual revenue from tuition is estimated at $3 Million

·        After consulting with real estate professionals, we are concerned with the negative impact this facility will have on our property values and may pose challenges in selling our properties in the future

By signing this petition, you are agreeing with and support our position as described above.

Our goal is to get as many signatures as possible. The petition will be used to support our position described above and be presented to the Whitefish Planning Board during the scheduled public hearing on March 19th.

In addition to the public hearing on March 19th, the Whitefish Planning Board is accepting comments in the form of calls, letters and email through March 10th. If you feel inclined to support our position beyond signing this petition, feel free to 1) attend the public hearing on March 19th and/or 2) submit a comment via one of the following:

Email: dtaylor@cityofwhitefish.org,

Call: (406) 863-2410

Fax: (406) 863-2409

Mail: Whitefish Planning Department, PO Box 158, Whitefish, MT 59937.

We look forward to coming together in this matter and seeing you on the 19th.    

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