As Flathead High School and the surrounding area continue to get more populated, there seems to be congestion and now a problem with street parking.
There's not enough space on school property for students to park their cars, especially during school hours. It has led to students parking on the streets in the surrounding neighborhood.
Residents in the area are unhappy with the limited parking available for their own vehicles. They say there is a great amount of noise disturbance and littering in the neighborhood.
Residents are asking fellow neighbors to support the proposal of a residential parking district. So far, 88 percent of those people have been in favor.
"Society has changed; more kids drive to school and what's happened is, as the school has grown, the population has grown and they haven't been able to keep up with the parking demands on their own property,” said Kalispell City Planner Kevin LeClair.
NBC Montana spoke to people who live near the school and found that people are frustrated and inconvenienced.
"There's been times where I had to park a couple blocks away because I coulnd’t get in the driveway or park on the side street," said resident Mike Bolog.
Residents want the city to create zone permits, only allowing people who live there to park on the streets -- but their solution makes Flathead High students fearful.
“You're going to have a lot more students not knowing where to park and not having a place to park, so that will make it a lot more difficult for people to get to and from school,” Flathead High School sophomore Brendan Tucker said.
It's not a new problem. Residents in the area approached the city about 2 years ago raising concerns, and since then they have created a subcommittee to voice their opinions.
“I think neighbors have seen, in the recent years following the recession, a change in the neighborhood character and attribute some of that to the impact of the parking. So they've seen a lot of houses turn over to rentals. Maybe also a decline in some of the housing stock and people not taking care of their properties,” LeClair said.
The school board has been working on their own with the city and neighbors about students picking up their trash, and encouraging kids to carpool and park in the available spaces on school property.
If passed, the permits could cost anywhere between $10 and $20 annually. There could also be penalties if parked cars do not have those permits displayed during school hours.