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Department Details:

Location / Mailing Address
Earl Bennett Building, 2nd Floor
1035 1st Ave West Ste. 200
Kalispell, MT 59901

P (406) 751-8200
F (406) 751-8210

Mark Mussman

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Holidays

Important Notices

Flathead County has adopted new FEMA FIRM Panels effective November 4, 2015. To view the new maps click here.

For information regarding the proposed Rural Whitefish Zoning District and the proposed text amendment to the zoning regulations see Meeting Information.

Flathead County Planning and Zoning

LOCATION: 1035 1st Ave West STE. 200, Kalispell, Earl Bennett Building - 2nd Floor

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Board/Committee Vacancies 2015

Flathead County has a limited number of openings on various boards and committees:

  • Flathead County Planning Board (1)
  • Ashley Lake Land Use Advisory Committee (3)
  • Egan Slough Planning and Zoning Commission (1)
  • Helena Flats Land Use Advisory Committee (6)
  • La Brant-Linsey Lane Land Use Advisory Committee (1)
  • Little Bitterroot Lake Land Use Advisory Committee (1)
  • Middle Canyon Land Use Advisory Committee (2)
  • Riverdale Land Use Advisory Committee (1)
  • Rogers Lake Land Use Advisory Committee (2)
  • West Valley Land Use Advisory Committee (1)

All positions are appointed by the Flathead County Board of County Commissioners.

For more information and specific qualifications regarding any of the above mentioned boards/committees please click here.

For information on Bigfork Land Use Advisory Committee (BLUAC) positions please click here.

For information on BLUAC member at large and secretary position please click here.

updated 9/3/15, 10/23/15 @ 1:31 pm; updated 11/12 @ 8:35 am, 12/10/15 @ 12:32 pm

posted BLUAC information 12/15/15 @ 11:42 am

About Our Office

The Flathead County Planning & Zoning Office provides technical planning assistance to Flathead County.  We are administered by the Board of County Commissioners. Our primary responsibilities include assisting in all facets of long range Community and Neighborhood planning, Zoning Administration and Subdivision Review.  We also administer the Flathead County Lakeshore Protection Program and Flathead County Floodplain Program.  Our staff is available to talk about any aspect of development occurring in Flathead County. 

View pictures of our Staff.

Mission Statement:

“The Flathead County Planning & Zoning Office is committed to providing the highest level of planning services. We will accomplish this through employees who anticipate public needs, and promote a work environment that encourages creativity, communication and cooperation. The office will also encourage professional development and training for all staff members.”

Staff is involved with education, coordination and uses other tools and strategies to protect and maintain property values, public investment, the built and natural environment, and the general quality of life and community character for residents and visitors. In all work efforts, it is the responsibility of the FCPZ to:

  • Promote development that contributes to community goals and is in harmony with community character and our natural environment
  • Support local elected officials and co-workers in their efforts to improve the public health, safety, and welfare of Flathead County citizens
  • Promote a high quality of life for all citizens of Flathead County.  Encourage public participation in planning for the future
  • Strive for excellence in serving our community.

A key component to all FCPZ activities will be to promote “transparent planning processes” involving staff and the public. Public engagement and buy-in at the very earliest opportunity should facilitate public acceptance and ownership of the final product. Staff should also feel ownership with work products. Staff must be flexible and innovative to meet the unique needs of a changing public. 

FCPZ staff will strive to produce the leadership and creativity required to realize the department’s vision. To this extent all staff will be held accountable by his/her supervisor to maintain the high level of professional work ethic clearly demonstrated to date. Staff is also encouraged to constantly evaluate departmental operations by exploring new opportunities for streamlining processes and procedures and recommending better ways to do business. 


Flathead County has adopted a “Mission Statement” and “Core Values”:

“We provide responsive and accountable services to protect and     enhance the Flathead community” 

This Mission Statement and accompanying Core Values are reflected in this work plan. County Core Values include:

  • Accountable stewardship of taxpayer resources
  • Respectful and responsive communication
  • Professional service with quality and integrity
  • Proactive and innovative leadership at all levels
  • Creating a positive team culture that values all people
  • Safety and security throughout the County
  • Equal treatment for all 

The Planning and Zoning office will commit itself to attempting to achieve these values and provide an environment where the public and staff can engage in active communication and discussion.