Thursday, March 17, 2011

Catlin Trail opponents win battle, but fight not officially over

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Opponents of the proposed Catlin Trail development declared victory yesterday after nine members of the Missoula City Council unanimously voted against investor Steven Sann’s request to increase density on his two-plus-acre property behind the Good Food Store.

“I just started smiling and I couldn’t stop,” says Jeremy Watterson, who lives close to the proposed project.

Watterson and many of his neighbors have for months argued that if the council were to approve the 71-unit development at Catlin and Trail streets—proposing to double the density called for under the city’s zoning code—it would severely impact their quality of life. After Wednesday’s unanimous Plat, Annexation and Zoning Committee vote, it appears Watterson and his neighbors got their message across.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Watterson says.

Because the committee voted unanimously, there is no hearing scheduled to discuss the project during Monday’s City Council meeting. The item will be on the council’s consent agenda, meaning, while this incarnation of the development is not officially dead, there’s little likelihood it will again come up for debate.

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