Strategic Housing Plan Steering Committee
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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- Ben Davis, Chair, City Councilor
- Kevin Gartland, Vice Chair
- Wendy Compton-Ring, Senior Planner, Secretary
- Lori Collins, Whitefish Housing Authority
- Rhonda Fitzgerald
- Bob Horne
- John Muhlfeld, Mayor
- Rebecca Norton, Councilor
- Dana Smith, City Manager
The Strategic Housing Plan Steering Committee was established by Resolution Number 17-50 (PDF), to review and revise as housing strategies are developed and enacted, to establish responsibilities and procedures, to appoint ad hoc or sub-committees as needed, to report to the City Council and to assist in the plan update in 2020.
The Whitefish Housing Authority is taking the lead on development of the Snow Lot. For more information: https://whitefishhousing.org/
Inclusionary Zoning was adopted by the Whitefish City Council on June 3, 2019 which was identified within the Strategic Housing Plan (page 21). For more information go to the Whitefish Legacy Homes page.
The Steering Committee directed the Planning Dept to work on Zoning for Affordability (page 23, Strategic Housing Plan)
The City conducted a survey of property owners in Whitefish either with an ADU or a permit for an ADU to find out how ADUs are being used and what incentives would encourage them to be rented for the local workforce. Generally property owners are using their ADUs for personal use or for guest space while few are renting their ADUs as a long-term rentals. However, certain incentives may encourage owners to rent out their ADUs. The Housing Steering Committee will be reviewing these incentives and making a recommendation to the City Council. Click HERE for survey results.