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Governor's Housing Task Force

Overview

On July 14, 2022, Governor Gianforte signed Executive Order No. 5-2022 creating the Governor's Housing Task Force. The Governor charged the task force with providing recommendations to make housing more affordable and attainable for Montanans. The bipartisan Task Force will meet regularly and provide recommendations in written reports to the Governor in October and December 2022. Recommendations may include items the legislature can consider and the governor can sign into law, items state agencies can implement administratively, as well as best practices local jurisdictions can enact.

DEQ Staff Contact : John Benoit 406-444-2802

Supporting Documents

Housing Task Force Documents

  • Recommendations for the Legislature and Governor - due by 10/15/2022
  • Recommendations for State Agencies and Local Government - due by 12/15/2022
    • Preliminary Draft Recommendations Coming Soon

  

Type Date Time Location Agenda & Materials
Housing Task Force  December 14, 2022 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

DEQ Headquarters, Helena

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Agenda tbd

Public Comment Opportunity December 7, 2022 6:00 p.m.

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(Webinar ID: 816 1770 1054 / Passcode: 858512)

Opportunity for the Housing Task Force to hear public comment on the preliminary draft recommendations for Phase 2, related to regulatory changes and best practices for state agencies and local governments
Housing Task Force  November 30, 2022 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Room 40, DEQ Headquarters, Helena

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(Webinar ID: 882 0605 5099 / Passcode: 594410)

Agenda

  • 2:00 - Welcome & Roll Call
  • 2:10 - Next Steps for Preliminary Draft 12/15 Report
  • 2:25 - Presentation of Draft Recommendations
  • 3:00 - Public Comment
Regulatory & Permitting Subtask November 18, 2022 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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Webinar ID: 884 6015 1686
Passcode: 120765

Agenda

  • Welcome, meeting purpose
  • Discuss top recommendations
  • Public Comment

Working Draft from 11-9

Economics/Other Subtask November 17, 2022 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Webinar ID: 847 0455 2019
Passcode: 037308

Agenda

  • Welcome, meeting purpose
  • Discuss and rank top  recommendations
  • Public Comment

Notes from 11-9 Meeting

Construction Subtask November 16, 2022 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Webinar ID: 862 3035 4734
Passcode: 790657

Agenda

Local Issues Subtask November 16, 2022 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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Webinar ID: 871 6881 0091
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Agenda

Housing Task Force  November 9, 2022 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Room 111, DEQ Headquarters, Helena

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(Webinar ID: 841 0612 6601 / Passcode: 635393)

Agenda

  • 2:00 - Welcome & Roll Call
  • 2:10 - Strategy for Draft Report
  • 2:20 - Present & Discuss Draft Recommendations
  • 3:00 - Public Comment
Regulatory & Permitting Subtask November 7, 2022 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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Webinar ID: 878 1351 6953
Passcode: 550785

Agenda

  • Welcome, meeting purpose
  • Identify and discuss agency-level issues
  • Public Comment
Construction Subtask November 4, 2022 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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Webinar ID: 850 3212 0810
Passcode: 897251

Agenda

Economics/Other Subtask November 3, 2022 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Webinar ID: 879 7983 6771
Passcode: 224800

Agenda

  • Welcome, meeting purpose
  • Brainstorm - problems, issues, and challenges (state agencies)
  • Brainstorm - problems, issues, and challenges (local governments)
  • Brainstorm - potential solutions (combined)
  • Consolidate top issues and solutions
  • Public Comment
Local Issues Subtask November 1, 2022 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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Webinar ID: 862 1044 9120
Passcode: 054868

Agenda tbd

Housing Task Force  October 19, 2022 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Governor's Reception Room
State Capitol, Helena

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(Webinar ID: 816 0859 3847 / Passcode: 764548)

Agenda

  • 11:00 - Governor's Welcome & Remarks
  • 11:20 - Phase 2 Assignment & Schedule
  • 11:45 - Public Comment
Housing Task Force  September 28, 2022 2:00-3:30 p.m.

DEQ Metcalf Building, room 111
1520 E 6th Avenue, Helena

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(Webinar ID: 859 5624 7006 / Passcode: 426553)

Focus: Draft Final Report

Agenda

  • 2:00-2:10 Welcome & Roll Call
  • 2:10-2:45 Review Working Draft 10/15 Deliverable
  • 2:45-3:00 Discuss Approach for the 12/15 Deliverable
  • 3:00-3:30 Public Comment
Regulatory & Permitting Subtask September 15, 2022 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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Agenda

  • Introduction
  • Presentation: Subdivision & Platting Act Reform - Land Use Working Group of the Montana League of Cities and Towns (10 minutes presentation / 5 minutes Q&A)
  • Open Discussion of Subtask Recommendations (Ranking Notes)
  • Discussion of general assent vs. dissenting views on recommendations
  • Public Comment
Housing Task Force  September 8, 2022 2:00-3:30 p.m.

DEQ Metcalf Building, room 111
1520 E 6th Avenue, Helena

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(Webinar ID: 859 5624 7006 / Passcode: 426553)

Focus: Recommendations & Counter-Opinions

Agenda

Local Issues Subtask September 6, 2022 12:00-1:30 p.m.

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(Webinar ID: 864 2716 5117 / Passcode: 508983)

Agenda

  • Introduction, overview, and meeting purpose
  • Recap previously discussed solutions
  • Task Force open discussion
  • Public comment
  • Discussion and interactive ranking and evaluation of solutions
Construction Subtask September 6, 2022 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

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(Webinar ID: 884 5148 4663 / Passcode: 597442)

Agenda

  • Introduction and Meeting Purpose
  • Recap Previously Identified Challenges
  • Task Force Discussion of Recommended Solutions
  • Public Comment
Economics & Other Subtask September 2, 2022 9:00-10:30 a.m.

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(Webinar ID: 861 9797 2978 / Passcode: 708940)

Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Brief summary of solution methodology
  • Discussion of top 5 solutions
  • Group Discussion and ranking
  • Public comment
WEBINAR: Subdivision Review 101 September 1, 2022 1:30-2:30 p.m.

DEQ Metcalf Building, room 111
1520 E 6th Avenue, Helena

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(Webinar ID: 847 7289 6056 / Passcode: 992493)

Agenda

Slides

Regulatory & Permitting Subtask August 31, 2022 1:00-2:30 p.m.

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Agenda:

  • 1:00 pm: Introduction, overview, and meeting purpose
  • 1:05 pm: Recap previously discussed solutions
  • 1:15 pm: Open discussion, re: additional solutions for consideration
  • 1:25 pm: Discussion and interactive ranking and evaluation of solutions
  • 2:15 pm: Public comment

Draft List of Solutions

Housing Task Force  August 18, 2022 2:00-3:30 p.m.

DEQ Metcalf Building, room 111
1520 E 6th Avenue, Helena

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(Webinar ID: 859 5624 7006 / Passcode: 426553)

Focus: Ideas & Solutions

Agenda

  • 2:00 – 2:05 Introduction and roll-call of Task Force members
  • 2:05 – 2:25 Task Force Business
    • Task Force purpose
    • Task Force schedule for on-time delivery Oct. 15 and Dec. 15
    • Introduction to the recommendation template
    • Scheduling our full Task Force meetings through Dec. 15
    • Scheduling Subtask meetings through Oct. 15
    • Discuss additional presentation topics
  • 2:25 – 3:15 Subtask Report-out, by Subtask
    • Identify the “problem”
    • Briefly and succinctly introduce your “solutions” work to collect and catalog the solutions
    • Describe the rank and priority of these solutions and a path toward recommendations
  • 3:15 – 3:20 Subtask assignments
  • 3:20 – 3:45 Public Comment
Local Issues Subtask August 16, 2022 12:00-1:30 p.m.

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(Webinar ID: 892 1926 1310 / Passcode: 099570)

Agenda:

  • Welcome, meeting purpose
  • Discussion of survey results
  • Discussion of any additional ideas and solutions
  • Public comment

Draft List of Solutions

Regulatory & Permitting Subtask August 15, 2022 3:30-5:00 p.m.

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Agenda:

  • 3:30 - 3:40 pm: Welcome, Meeting Purpose
  • 3:40 - 3:50 pm: Recap on issues, ranking exercise
  • 3:50 - 4:30 pm: Discussion of survey results among subtask - ideas and solutions
  • 4:30 - 4:45 pm: Additional discussion of ideas and solutions
  • 4:45 - 5:00 pm: Public comment
Economics & Other Subtask August 11, 2022 1:30-3:00 p.m.

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(Webinar ID: 850 4253 2675
Passcode: 433625)

Agenda

  • Welcome, Meeting Purpose
  • Presentation and Discussion of Economic Barriers to Affordable, Attainable Housing
  • Discussion of Potential Solutions
  • Public Comment

Draft List of Challenges

Housing Task Force  August 3, 2022 2:30-4:00 p.m.

DEQ Metcalf Building, room 111
1520 E 6th Avenue, Helena

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(Webinar ID: 889 2893 9339 / Passcode: 456028)

Agenda:

  • 2:30 pm:  Introduction & Roll Call
  • 2:35 pm: Subtask Reports
  • 3:15 pm: Updates, Logistics & Assignments
  • 3:35 pm: Public Comment
Construction Subtask August 2, 2022 1:00-2:30 p.m.

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Agenda:

  • Welcome, Meeting Purpose
  • Discussion of Construction-Related Barriers
  • Consolidate Top Issues and Proposals
  • Rank Challenges
  • Public Comment
Local Issues Subtask August 2, 2022 10:00-11:30 a.m.

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Agenda:

  • Welcome, Meeting Purpose
  • Framing Local Barriers to Housing Inventory
  • Lead & Co-Lead Presentation of Proposals
  • Open Discussion for Additional Issues/Proposals
  • Consolidate Top Issues and Proposals
  • Discuss Ranking Exercise
  • Public Comment
Regulatory & Permitting Subtask July 28, 2022 1:00-2:30 p.m.

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Agenda:

  • 1:00 - 1:10 pm: Welcome, Meeting Purpose
  • 1:10 - 1:35 pm: Brainstorming - state and local permitting and regulatory barriers
  • 1:35 - 1:45 pm: Consolidate Brainstorming Issues and Concepts
  • 1:45 - 2:00 pm: Ranking Exercise
    2:00 - 2:15 pm: Additional Discussion of Top Issues
  • 2:15 - 2:30 pm: Public Comment

Brainstorming Notes

Housing Task Force  July 20, 2022 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Governor's Reception Room, State Capitol

Or Zoom webinar at: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/87412032013?pwd=OTA0ZElRTjJLSUV6Z08wM3VWcjNGQT09 

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(Webinar ID: 874 1203 2013 / Passcode: 292114)

Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Governor’s Welcome
  • Overview of the Task Force Role(s)
  • Selection of Vice Chair and Subtask Leads
  • Idea Generation & Moving Ideas to Task Force Recommendations, Overview
  • Set Meeting Schedules July - Sept & Expectations for Subtask Conversations
  • Public Comment
Name Affiliation
Chris Dorrington (Chair) Director of the Department of Environmental Quality
Todd O’Hair (Vice Chair) President and CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce
Senator Ellie Boldman  State Legislator (D, Missoula)
Senator Greg Hertz State Legislator (R, Polson)
Representative Danny Tenenbaum (Co-Lead, Regulatory Subtask) State Legislator (D, Missoula)
Representative Sue Vinton  State Legislator (R, Billings)
Patrick Barkey, Ph.D. (Co-Lead, Local Issues Subtask) Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana
Terry Brockie CEO of Island Mountain Development Group
Ross Butcher (Co-Lead, Economics Subtask) Commissioner of Fergus County
Kendall Cotton President and CEO of the Frontier Institute
Nathan Dugan (Co-Lead, Economics Subtask) President and co-founder of Shelter WF
Mark Egge  Affordable housing advocate, data scientist, and former member of the Bozeman Planning Board
Laurie Esau Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry
Jaclyn Giop President of the Montana Water Well Drillers Association
Eugene Graf (Co-Lead, Construction Subtask) Owner of E.G. Construction
Emily Hamilton  Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center
Adam Hertz  Secretary of the Montana Board of Housing
Amanda Kaster  Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Joe McKenney (Co-Lead, Regulatory Subtask) Great Falls City Council
Jacob Kuntz Executive Director of the Helena Area Habitat for Humanity
Bill Leininger (Co-Lead, Local Issues Subtask) President of the Montana Association of Realtors
Scott Osterman Director of the Department of Commerce
Nicole Rolf Senior Director of Governmental Affairs at the Montana Farm Bureau Federation
Mike Smith  Market President of Glacier Bank
Valerie Stacey Environmental Health Specialist with Lewis and Clark County
Don Sterhan (Co-Lead, Construction Subtask) Steering Committee member of the Montana Housing Coalition; President and CEO of Mountain Plains Equity Group

Governor's Housing Task Force Meeting Recordings

Governor's Housing Task Force Meeting - November 30, 2022
Governor's Housing Task Force Meeting - November 9, 2022
Governor's Housing Task Force Meeting - October 19, 2022
Governor's Housing Task Force Meeting - September 28, 2022
Governor's Housing Task Force Meeting - September 8, 2022
Governor's Housing Task Force Meeting - August 18, 2022
Governor's Housing Task Force Meeting - August 3, 2022
Governor's Housing Task Force Meeting - July 20, 2022

Subtask Meeting Recordings

Type Date Recording Link
Regulatory & Permitting Subtask November 18, 2022 Meeting Recording
Economics/Other Subtask November 17, 2022 Meeting Recording
Construction Subtask November 16, 2022 Meeting Recording
Local Issues Subtask November 16, 2022 Meeting Recording
Regulatory & Permitting Subtask November 7, 2022 Meeting Recording
Construction Subtask November 4, 2022 Meeting Recording
Economics/Other Subtask November 3, 2022 Meeting Recording
Local Issues Subtask November 1, 2022 Meeting Recording
Regulatory & Permitting Subtask September 15, 2022 Meeting Recording
Construction Subtask September 6, 2022 Meeting Recording
Local Issues Subtask September 6, 2022 Meeting Recording
Economics & Other Subtask September 2, 2022 Meeting Recording
WEBINAR: Subdivision Review 101 September 1, 2022 Meeting Recording
Regulatory & Permitting Subtask August 31, 2022 Meeting Recording
Local Issues Subtask August 16, 2022 Meeting Recording
Regulatory & Permitting Subtask  August 15, 2022 Meeting Recording
Economics & Other August 11, 2022 Meeting Recording
Construction Subtask August 2, 2022 Meeting Recording
Local Issues Subtask August 2, 2022 Meeting Recording
Regulatory & Permitting Subtask  July 28, 2022 Meeting Recording
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