Cities in Montana use zoning to tell us what kind of houses can be built and where. They say whether we can have single-family housing in one neighborhood, or apartment buildings in another.

The Montana Zoning Atlas 2.0 uses the National Zoning Atlas standardized methodology to evaluate 13 fast growing Montana counties to see how Montana communities treat affordable types of housing. 

The Atlas demonstrates how strict local zoning regulations exclude low and middle-income residents and worsen Montana’s housing shortage. 

The Atlas findings support a growing Montana movement to address strict local zoning regulations with pro-housing reforms: