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.
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 have experience in successful community initiated and completed projects and 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
- Whitefish Community Foundation
- School District
- Local Financial Institution
- Housing Whitefish/Whitefish Housing Authority
- Local Housing Developer
THE FINAL DRAFT OF THE 2022 HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT HAS BEEN COMPLETED! YOU CAN VIEW THIS DRAFT HERE:
TIMELINE & PROCESS
In order to build a plan with strong community buy-in, the City held a series of meetings throughout the update process – all of which were public meetings with opportunity for public comment.
Agenda and minutes available in the Agenda Center.
Upcoming Refresh Team Meeting 3:
September 13, 2022, 2pm – 5pm at City Hall (City Council Conference Room)
This meeting was the second interactive work session with consultants and the Housing Refresh team. The goal was to use the updated housing needs report, existing housing strategy plan, and other information to choose priority housing strategies. This included adding new strategy options, re-thinking existing strategies, and determining collaborations needed to make all strategies more effective.
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Summary of August 31, 2022 Housing Open House
Thank you to those that participated in the in-person or virtual housing open house meeting in August. Many comments and ideas were collected that will be used to inform the current Housing Refresh process which aims to set a course and priorities for future community housing solutions in Whitefish.
Documents from August 31, 2022 Housing Open House
There were two additional team meetings. Consultants presented highlights from the updated housing needs assessment findings and discussed team and the public’s feedback and questions that will help finalize the report. Potential implications, needs assessment, and findings were discussed for the strategic plan and how the information will help inform the strategy phase of this process.
Refresh Team Meeting 2
August 11, 2022, 5:30 – 7 pm
Refresh Team Meeting 1
June 27, 2022 at City Hall
Previous Housing Needs Assessment and Strategic Housing Plan