Whitefish Housing Refresh 2022

Over the past six years, the 2016 Housing Needs Assessment and the follow-up 2017 Strategic Housing Plan (linked below) have been helpful tools to inform and guide our community housing strategy. 

2016 Whitefish Housing Needs Assessment

2017 Whitefish Strategic Housing Plan

Over the past several years, however, our long-term housing challenges have intensified and major new challenges have emerged. Starting in June 2022, we are updating the housing needs data and, accordingly, our housing strategy through a six-month process called 2022 Road Map Refresh to House Whitefish

To foster interdisciplinary creativity and address the ever-shifting housing landscape in Whitefish, we put together a team of current Strategic Housing Plan Steering Committee members with local professionals and leaders across sectors that influence the housing market. The 2022 Housing Refresh Team includes: 

Current Members of Strategic Housing Plan Steering Committee

  • City Mayor
  • 2 City Council members
  • 2 City Staff Members
  • 4 Public / strategic housing task force members

New Members

  • Whitefish Community Foundation
  • Hospital
  • School District
  • CVB
  • Local Financial Institution
  • Housing Whitefish/Whitefish Housing Authority
  • Local Housing Developer

Community members with experience in successful community initiated and completed projects. 

Timeline & Process

In order to build a plan with strong community buy-in, we will be holding a series of meetings throughout the update process – all of which are public meetings with opportunity for public comment. 

Stay tuned for a full schedule of public outreach, including open houses, targeted participation groups, and an online feedback tool!

Refresh Team Meeting 1

June 27, 2022 at City Hall

Agenda and minutes available in the Agenda Center

 Refresh Team Meeting 2

August 11, 2022, 5:30 – 7 pm via Zoom (link forthcoming)

Consultants will present highlights from the updated housing needs assessment findings and discuss team and the public’s feedback and questions that will help finalize the report. Discuss potential implications needs assessment findings have for the strategic plan and how the information will help inform the strategy phase of this process.

Refresh Team Meeting 3: 

September 13, 2022, 2pm – 5pm at City Hall (room TBD)

This meeting is the second interactive work session with consultants and the Housing Refresh team. The goal is to use the updated housing needs report, existing housing strategy plan, and other information to choose priority housing strategies. This includes adding new strategy options, re-thinking existing strategies, and determining collaborations needed to make all strategies more effective.