To provide a diversity of housing affordable for the community in order to grow and retain a strong base of residents and employees living in Big Sky, which will support the local economy and enhance the character of the community.
The Big Sky Chamber of Commerce initiated the Big Sky Community Housing Trust in 2017 as local employee housing issues continued to escalate. With funds provided by Resort Tax, the Chamber hired a consulting firm to conduct a lengthy community survey to analyze Big Sky’s housing needs. A group of concerned volunteer citizens poured over the February 2018 survey results and spent hours reviewing solutions from other mountain resort towns to develop action plans to address employee housing issues in Big Sky.
Big Sky Community Housing Action Plan
The Big Sky Community Housing Action Plan identifies housing goals and a plan of action to address community housing objectives. Strategies to meet objectives have been identified and prioritized; roles and responsibilities have been assigned. BSCHT established a timeline for achieving priority strategies, recognizing that this plan will have life beyond this timeline and will continue to evolve and meet changing community housing needs over the long term.
The following graphic summarizes the strategies Big Sky will pursue over the next five years, including incentivizing more community housing development, ensuring community housing is part of the buildout of Big Sky, incorporating short-term rental regulatory and conversion policies, increasing local funding capability, acquiring land to developing community housing, and helping residents and the workforce get into homes. The primary affordability level that each strategy will address is illustrated below and represents the provision of a diversity of housing for community members across multiple income levels and at various life stages.
BSCHT meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 1pm.
Location: 50 Meadow Village Drive, Big Sky, Montana – in the conference room. (Meetings temporarily virtual due to COVID.)
Meetings are open to the public.