The coalition resumed meetings about a year ago. The West Yellowstone Foundation (WYF) is facilitating this group and also participating in One Valley Community Foundation’s Regional Housing Coalition to learn from others in the county and advocate for West Yellowstone. WYF recently secured a $25,000 grant from the Montana Health Care Foundation for us to complete an updated Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) and Housing Strategy Plan.
We just recently completed the HNA and will be looking for community members to join a Housing Strategy group. This group will meet a total of 5 times from February-July 2024 to help inform the Housing Strategy Plan. This will be a group of about 10 community members representing all segments of our population, we will have an application process to ensure broad representation. This strategy plan, along with the HNA will help identify and inform our housing needs as well as unlock large funding opportunities that we currently do not qualify for.
The Town of West Yellowstone (TOWY) recently secured DEQ approval for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant and put the project out to bid. They expect to make their selection in January, hope to have shovels in the ground this spring, with project completion in 2026. TOWY is also updating their zoning regulations, a feat that has not been done since the 80’s! They expect the zoning regulation update to be complete in Spring 2024. This will allow them to make significant gains in planning the 80 acre parcel. There will be many opportunities for community input along the way and we hope you will consider being actively involved as soon as the opportunity arises!
We would love to share some housing resources with you. We don't necessarily endorse any of the housing ideas presented in these links, just sharing ideas from other communities!