Residents split on possible Whitefish Lake resort


KALISPELL, Mont. - The potential of a new resort on Whitefish Lake is creating controversy among neighbors.

The resort is being proposed at the intersection of Big Mountain Road and East Lakeshore Drive, facing Whitefish Lake.

No formal plans have been submitted, and the current area is zoned for only residential use.

According to planning board meeting minutes several residents living in the Houston Drive neighborhood have spoken up at board meetings to voice their concerns.

We talked to one resident who favors the idea of another resort in his neighborhood.

"I'm OK with it," says Tony Salmianen. "I know that the money tourism brings can actually create a lot more amenities and conveniences."

The city of Whitefish has formed a committee to look at future development in Houston Drive area.

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