Legacy Homes Program - Effective July 3, 2019

The Legacy Homes Program requires 20% of all new residential developments be dedicated for long-term affordability for the working people of Whitefish. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DEVELOPERS?

All residential projects, including subdivisions with more than 2 lots, conditional use permits (CUP), or planned unit developments (PUD), must comply with the Legacy Homes Program.  A Housing Mitigation Plan must be submitted as part of a complete application and describe how the project will comply with the regulations. To help off-set the cost to developers, the regulations provide for incentives which are incremental reductions to some development standards.  Also, the program provides for a fee in lieu of developing a partial unit or, with City Council approval, an alternative means of complying with the Legacy Homes Program. 

Sample Projects:

OWNERSHIP PROJECT RENTAL PROJECT
12-lot single family subdivision2.4 homes deed restricted for purchase and ownership by households qualifying through the Legacy Homes Program; 2 units deed restricted and a fee in lieu must be paid for the 0.4 of a unit using the fractional rate

36-unit apartment project7.2 units 
deed restricted for households qualifying through the Legacy Homes Program; 7 units must be deed restricted and a fee in lieu must be paid for the 0.2 of a unit using the fractional rate 

 WHAT IS THE LEGACY HOMES PROGRAM AND WHY IS IT NEEDED?

The Legacy Homes Program, also known as inclusionary zoning, was a recommendation from the 2017 Strategic Housing Plan.  This program is intended to provide new housing in Whitefish affordable to people with moderate incomes who work in Whitefish. The program includes both rental and home ownership opportunities; homes will be located throughout the community. 

A 2016 Housing Needs Assessment identified 980 new housing units are needed in Whitefish by 2020; 605 of those (or 62%) need to be priced below market rate to: 1) ensure the people who work in Whitefish are able to live here and 2) help local businesses attract and retain employees.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

Stop by City Hall or call 406-863-2410 to talk with a Planner. The Whitefish Planning Department is coordinating administration of the Legacy Homes Program with the Whitefish Housing Authority.

PROGRAM DOCUMENTS:

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RENT OR BUY A LEGACY HOME?

The Whitefish Housing Authority (WHA) will guide prospective renters and owners through the application process and determine eligibility for a Legacy Home.  Visit the WHA website, call 406-862-4143, or email to learn more about the application process and to get qualified to rent or buy a Legacy Home. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING INITIATIVES IN WHITEFISH VISIT: WHITEFISH STRATEGIC HOUSING STEERING COMMITTEE