In October, an unprecedented event took place. Twenty-six charter school applications were submitted to the Montana Board of Public Education (BPE) for consideration. These 26 applications represent a remarkable statewide initiative to introduce charter schools to the Treasure State, something the education establishment has resisted for 31 years. During that time, 45 other states have...View Report
"While there is no silver bullet to solving the housing crisis, zoning reform represents low hanging fruit cities can tackle relatively quickly to help address rising housing costs, all without having to spend taxpayer dollars."
"Our leaders can adopt pro-housing reforms that give landowners the freedom to build new homes where they are needed most."
"We are facing the question of whether Montana will continue to be a place where working and middle class folks can afford to build a future for themselves and their families."
"We can’t wait for solutions and hope the problem goes away. If young people can’t afford to live and raise a family here, the future of Montana is at stake."
Together, Exclusionary Single-Family Zoning and Minimum Lot Areas effectively serve as invisible billboards at the gates of growing Montana neighborhoods which read: “low and middle income residents are not welcome here".
"Of the cities examined, 70% of primary residential areas either outright prohibit or penalize affordable multi-family housing development."
"Streamlining the process in any way would be a significant factor in saving time and money, and the most important thing – bringing more affordable homes to the market quicker."
The Frontier Institute's Montana Zoning Atlas demonstrates how strict zoning regulations impact housing costs.
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.
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.
A new report provides an enlightening overview of the ways in which regulations are driving up the cost of housing in Bozeman.
One of the biggest factors constricting the supply of housing is zoning and building regulations imposed by local governments.
Imagine instead if a developer could walk into a city permit office with their plans, walk out with a permit and start construction that same day.