Helena again tables proposal to pre-zone Westside property

Nolan Lister

The Helena City Commission again tabled a proposal to pre-zone nearly 59 acres on the city’s Westside Monday, the final step before annexation of the land.

The commission unanimously agreed to table the item, linked to a Sussex Construction 170-unit major subdivision referred to as Westside Woods, back in November as well. 

The move if approved will zone the land in question as an R-3 district, which allows for higher-density residential development. The pre-zoning is a necessary step for the city to annex.

When tabled last year, the city commission had expressed concerns over traffic congestion on Granite Avenue and surrounding roads, as the expected 2,869 additional vehicle trips over the residential streets would mostly converge around Kessler Elementary School in order to reach Highway 12 without an additional egress onto the highway.

The pulling of Monday’s consideration was requested by the applicant and developer Sussex Construction’s owner, Ron Bartsch.

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