Legislation Targets Whitefish Affordable Housing Program

As the city of Whitefish continues to refine its nascent program requiring affordable workforce housing in the majority of new multifamily developments, a new legislative proposal would prohibit “inclusionary zoning” rules intended to assist working residents with moderate incomes.

Under the Whitefish Legacy Homes Program adopted by city council in July 2019, new residential developments that need a discretionary permit — such as a conditional-use permit or a planned-unit development — must include 20% of new housing units as permanently affordable through the Whitefish Housing Authority.