Issues in Government

Balancing Agricultural Land Conservation and Residential Development in Missoula County

In order to bring some helpful information to community conversations around this topic, MOR and the Missoula Building Industry Association teamed up on a report that takes a look at the constraints on our supply of land that is capable of development, where we can build attainable worfkorce housing in Missoula County, and what happens when our workforce cannot afford housing in Missoula County.  Read the report here.

Making Missoula Home: A Path To Attainable Housing

Commissioned by MOR and a diverse group of partner organizations, Making Missoula Home is a comprehensive and collaborative effort to provide new strategies for improving housing affordability in Missoula. Review the full report here.

2017 City Candidate Questionnaires

To help our members get informed, we asked each city council and mayoral candidate to provide their thoughts on important issues related to homeownership and the success of our industry. Below are the completed questionnaires that were returned to us. Not sure which ward you reside in? Check the map.

Ward 2 – Jordan Hess

Ward 3 – Heather Harp

Ward 4 – Greg Strandberg

Ward 4 – Jesse Ramos

Ward 5 – Cathy Deschamps

Ward 6 – Julie Merritt

Mayoral – John Engen

MOR Proposes Study to Address Affordability of Housing

REALTORS® know that the cost of housing is expensive and rising fast, placing the dream of home ownership out of reach for too many Missoulians. We need to identify the barriers to developing housing people can afford, and we need to find solutions. MOR is proud to lead this important effort, and is thrilled to have so many local organizations, both private and public sector, as partners. We anticipate that the consultant will begin work in March 2017. For more on the study: REALTORS’ group study to address lack of affordable housing.

Wood Stove Removal Requirement

Health Department rules require that when property changes ownership inside the Air Stagnation Zone, older stoves must be removed and a certificate of compliance form must be filed at the Clerk & Recorder’s Office in the Courthouse. Learn more about the rules and download the certificate of compliance here.

The county’s Woodstove Information Map includes:

  • city limits, Missoula Air Stagnation Zone and the Swan River Drainage;
  • properties in the Missoula Air Stagnation Zone with wood stoves that can remain on point of sale;
  • properties in the Missoula Air Stagnation Zone where all wood stoves and free standing fireplaces must be removed on point of sale;
  • list of devices that can be installed at an address; and
  • the permitting agency for solid fuel burning device installations at a specific address.

New Rules for Tourist Homes

On November 3, 2016, new rules for Tourist Homes went into effect. Tourist Homes are now allowed in all residential and commercial zoning districts in the city and must be registered with Development Services in City Hall.  The rules place new restrictions on tourist homes.  For example, no individual may register more than two tourist homes in residential zoning districts. Also, no more than one tourist home is allowed per parcel in certain residential zoning districts. Learn more about the new rules here.

2016 State Legislative Candidate Questionnaires

To help our members get informed ahead of the elections, we asked candidates running for the Montana State Legislature to complete a questionnaire on important REALTOR® issues. Below are the completed questionnaires that were returned to us. Not sure which house or senate district you reside in? Type your address into this map.

House District 90 – Bill Murray                                                  House District 98 – Michael Ellsworth

House District 90 – Ellie Hill                                                       House District 100 – David Moore

House District 94 – Kim Dudik                                                   Senate District 45 – Dick Barrett

House District 96 – Adam Hertz                                                 Senate District 47 – Dan Salomon

Smart Growth and Affordable Housing Survey

The Missoula Organization of REALTORS® commissioned a professional survey of Missoula County residents to gain a better understanding of community preferences and concerns regarding housing issues. Read the survey results here to learn more: Smart Growth and Affordable Housing Survey.

Study: Are Missoula’s Property Taxes Too High?

Many surmise that the tax rate in Missoula is significantly higher than other urban areas in Montana. Often there are reasons for this; mill levies, property value, and programs funded all play a role in how much a citizen is taxed. Read the study commissioned by the Missoula Organization of REALTORS® to learn more: Are Missoula’s Property Taxes High?