In 2019, a survey of 800+ Montana employers revealed that the number one obstacle to expanding employment is a lack of skilled workers. An overwhelming number of employers observed that: (a) schools are not adequately preparing students for the workforce; (b) schools are not adequately teaching students interpersonal skills; and (c) a majority of new...View Report
"Housing will not get more affordable or more accessible until the root cause of the problem is addressed: supply."
Land doesn’t come cheap, so requiring larger lots over the standard minimum effectively penalizes multi-family homes by making them more costly to build compared to traditional single-family homes.
The research consensus is clear that strict regulations discourage affordable housing by adding thousands to costs and stifling development.
"Residents appear to understand that subsidies will fall short if they are not accompanied by regulatory reforms that reduce barriers to housing supply. Local leaders ought to take note."
By rejecting progressive era urban planning regulations like single-family zoning, minimum lot sizes, setbacks and parking requirements, conservatives favor restoring the original vision of property rights and economic freedom held by America’s founders.