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Whitefish ranch seeks permit for vintage market

March 31, 2019 GMT

Flathead County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing Tuesday to consider a conditional-use permit request for a “temporary use” that would allow a Whitefish area ranch to host a vintage market event in July.

The request was made by The Market Beautiful on behalf of J&J Ranch, located at 1875 Voerman Road, a half-mile east of Whitefish city limits. The property is zoned agricultural and falls within the Southeast Rural Whitefish Zoning District. The applicant is requesting a permit to allow a one-day antique and handmade market event on July 6. The market would be held primarily around the center of the 300-acre ranch.


The vintage market is expected to draw up to 2,000 attendees, and live music would be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the Planning Office Staff report.

The Market Beautiful was held on the same property last July, and although a temporary-use permit wasn’t received prior to conducting the market in 2018, no complaints were filed prior to or during the market.

According to The Market Beautiful website, more than three dozen vendors will be at the event. The vintage market takes place in Montana, Colorado, Mississippi and Utah and has been featured in Country Living and other publications.

The board also will consider a request for a conditional-use permit for a recreational facility to allow for weddings on a 76-acre property at 264 El Rancho Road east of Kalispell. The request was submitted by Forest Nelson on behalf of Gregory and Gina Nelson. The property, which falls within the Eastside Zoning District, is zoned agricultural.

The Board of Adjustment meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the second-floor conference room of the South Campus Building, 40 11th St. W. in Kalispell. Board of Adjustment decisions are considered final.

Reporter Kianna Gardner can be reached at 758-4439 or kgardner@dailyinterlake.com.