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Governors talking the talk and walking the walk on housing

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Governors talking the talk and walking the walk on housing


Governor Greg Gianforte joined the National Association of Realtors this week to discuss Montana’s progress in improving housing availability and affordability. Montana’s approach tackles housing from every angle – contributing to a 20% decrease in average rental prices in just one year. Key elements of their plan include:

  • Reducing the regulatory burden on new development, without sacrificing public safety, the environment, or the public’s ability to provide input on projects. By developing fully vetted growth plans with public input on the front end, projects that meet the plan’s requirements can receive automatic approval – avoiding protracted, repetitive rounds of additional review.
  • Expanding funding opportunities for new housing infrastructure, including water and sewer needs, through low-interest loans, provided that the development in question meets density requirements.
  • Allowing accessory dwelling units (APUs) wherever single-family home zoning exists and allowing apartments in areas zoned for commercial use.
  • Reforming local design review boards to be staffed by professional evaluators who are required to work solely within the bounds of public safety – versus implementing…



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