Montana

Habitat for Humanity volunteers in construction helmets buildign a wood-frame house.

Habitat for Humanity and Missoula Land Trust Team up on Affordable Housing

The partnership will ensure the new homes will remain affordable for future buyers.

February 22, 2024 - KPAX

Bird's eye view of downtown Bozeman, Montana, with mountains on the horizon

Montana Land Use Reform Overhauls Public Participation Rules

In a bid to streamline housing permits, new state legislation limits public input to the land use planning stage.

January 24, 2024 - Daily Inter Lake

A red and white tent on the sidewalk with other belongings of an unhoused resident in Miami, Florida.

Supreme Court to Reconsider Martin v. Boise

The justices agreed to hear an appeal from the city of Grants Pass, Oregon, of a 2022 U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that has the potential to loosen restrictions on how nine Western states deal with tent encampments on public property.

January 15, 2024 - San Francisco Chronicle

Aerial view of Whitefish, Montana with fall colors and mountains in background.

Montana Judge Blocks Zoning Reforms

The decision reverses new laws once dubbed the ‘Montana Miracle.’

January 3, 2024 - Reason

Street in downtown Missoula, Montana.

Missoula Opens New Affordable Housing Complexes

The city is adding hundreds of new housing units in an effort to ease the region’s housing crunch.

October 18, 2023 - Route Fifty

Large homes in neighborhood covered in snow in Missoula, Montana with mountains in background gainst sunset sky.

Missoula Approves Tax Increment Financing for Workforce Housing

The funding mechanism exchanges public funding for a certain number of affordable units.

October 16, 2023 - The Missoulian

Montana

Landmark Climate Decision Rules in Favor of Montana Youth

The ruling in Held v. Montana is the first of its kind in the United States, according to reports.

August 15, 2023 - The Washington Post

Aerial view of midtown Missoula, Montana with mountains in background

Midtown Master Plan Envisions More Walkable Missoula

The plan envisions safer, more walkable streets, more affordable housing, and improved opportunities for small businesses.

July 13, 2023 - KPAX

Snowy vista of Bozeman, Montana

A Housing Crisis Spreads in Yellowstone Gateway Communities

Last year’s flooding caused damage to already strained affordable housing supplies in towns near the national park.

June 21, 2023 - Utah Public Radio

Aerial view of Colorado state capitol in Denver, Colorado

What Caused the Failure of Zoning Reform in Colorado?

Land use reform bills that gained bipartisan support in the Montana legislature were strongly opposed by Colorado Republicans.

June 14, 2023 - The Colorado Sun

Aerial view of Missoula, Montana

Montana Governor Signs Zoning Reform Bills

Four bills that target housing production promise to streamline permitting processes, reform ADU regulations, and loosen zoning restrictions in commercially zoned areas.

May 24, 2023 - The Missoulian

Aerial view of Montana state capitol building in Helena, Montana

Montana Passes Sweeping Legislative Package to Rescind ‘California-Style-Zoning’

The Montana State Legislature recently approved a package of zoning reform bills modeled closely on bills approved in West Coast states, including the state of California, in recent years.

April 16, 2023 - Business Insider

Missoula

Missoula Aims for Equity With Development Code Updates

The “Our Missoula Development Guide” is getting an update as the Montana deals with the contemporary pressures of population growth and gentrification.

April 11, 2023 - NBC Montana

Aerial view of buildings and parking lots in Missoula, Montana

Montana Legislature Considering Historic Package of Pro-Housing Development Bills

State legislators agree the cost of housing is a growing problem, but there is little consensus on how to boost the supply of affordable housing.

April 10, 2023 - The Missoulian

Aerial view of Montana state capitol building in Helena, Montana

Montana Could Overhaul Land Use Laws

State legislators want to make comprehensive changes to land use and zoning laws to alleviate a growing housing shortage in the state’s urban areas.

February 28, 2023 - Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Floodwaters and damaged road in Yellowstone National Park

How the Yellowstone Floods Laid Bare a Housing Crisis

This year’s historic floods ravaged communities already roiled by spiking housing costs and a shortage of available workforce housing near the nation’s oldest national park.

September 23, 2022 - High Country News

Street in downtown Whitefish, Montana

Whitefish ADU Ordinance Could Ease Housing Crunch

Recently approved revisions to the city’s accessory dwelling unit regulations prioritize long-term rentals to increase housing affordability for local renters.

July 6, 2022 - Whitefish Pilot

Higgins Avenue in downtown Missoula, Montana

Tactical Urbanism Takes Hold in Missoula

Community organizations are taking action to transform the city and pave the way for permanent infrastructure improvements.

April 6, 2022 - Missoula Current

San Francisco Houses

10 Real Estate Markets That Could Soon Resemble San Francisco

The housing prices that define the most expensive metropolitan areas in the country—think San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles—have gone national.

March 28, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

Rocky Mountains

How Zoning Reform Could Ease Montana's Housing Crunch

A new report recommends increased production of 'missing middle housing' in Montana, which, like other Western states, is experiencing rapid growth and an increasingly tight housing market.

March 8, 2022 - Daily Inter Lake

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