2019 Voter Information

It’s Election time, and we’ve got all the information you need right here! Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th so be sure to cast your ballots before polls close!

For a full list of BRR’s endorsements and recommendations for your vote this year, please click HERE.

Interested in Early Voting in-person?

GEM
Early voting is underway and ends November 1st. You may cast your early in-person vote at the clerk’s office inside the Gem County Courthouse.

ELMORE
“Early in-person absentee voting” begins October 15th and ends November 1st. All early in-person voting will take place at the Elmore County Courthouse.

ADA
Early voting begins on October 26th and ends November 1st. All Ada County early voting can be completed at any one of three locations: Ada County Elections Office, Boise City Hall, and Meridian City Hall.


BRR’s Public Policy Committee, made up of volunteer REALTORS®, extends candidate questionnaires to various local candidate races within Ada, Elmore, and Gem counties. Based on these responses, candidates are invited to be interviewed by the committee and share their views on housing, private property rights, education, transportation, and other issues affecting the community. From there, the Public Policy Committee provides recommendations for endorsements which are reviewed by BRR’s Board of Directors for final approval. For questions regarding BRR’s endorsement process, contact Soren Dorius, BRR’s Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com. You may also reach Government Affairs Manager, Cameron Kinzer, at 208-947-7237 or cameron@boirealtors.com.

UPDATE: Boise’s Proposed Short-Term Rental Regulations

STR Update (003)Boise Regional REALTORS® recently conducted a local “Call-for-Action” in opposition to the City of Boise’s proposed restrictions of short-term rentals such as Airbnbs and Vrbos. We want to thank all of you participated during the City’s comment period, and for helping spread the word that this was a bad policy idea.

I’m pleased to report that through BRR’s advocacy efforts, and all of your support, we were able to help hit the brakes and bring this regulation proposal back to the drawing board. It was reported that over 1,200 people responded to the City’s proposal during the public comment period, with 67% of Boise residents opposed to the ordinance change. This is an overwhelming response against these restrictions and certainly give local officials reason to pause before moving ahead with such an unpopular and unnecessary restriction.

So what’s next? Mayor Dave Bieter has announced he would like to form an advisory group to look into short-term rentals and identify a better way to address the community concerns. The Mayor also stated in a recent interview with Morning Edition host George Prentice, following the gathering of comments from the public on this proposed regulation the City will “gather those comments and then get a group together, including realtors”. We are thrilled to hear that REALTORS® are being invited to these discussion, and look forward collaborating and helping the City identify common sense solutions.

This is a big win for Boise Regional REALTORS® and the Boise residents who chimed in during the proposal comment period. I’m sure there will still be many more discussions and ideas to weigh in the coming months, and we plan to be a part of those. More details and updates to come later.

Thank you for your support and participation in our local advocacy efforts. If you have any questions or ideas, including participation on a potential advisory committee for short-term rentals, please contact me at soren@boirealtors.com.

Soren was interviewed by Boise State Public Radio regarding this issue and was featured in the following two stories:

Boise REALTORS React to Proposed Rules On Short-Term Rentals

To Address Affordable Housing, Bieter Proposes Targeting Short-Term Rentals

2019 IR Conference Update

ADVOCACY

Legislative Session Preview from IR and IREC:

  • First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit
  • Homeowners Exemption Fix
  • Property Tax Index
  • Proposed IREC code changes

Save the date! The next IR Capitol Day will be Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Plan to attend so you can talk to fellow REALTORS® and clients about how we’re protecting and promoting homeownership and private property rights statewide. 

And huge news… Idaho REALTORS® pledged a more than $230,000 in RPAC investments for 2020 through an auction led by former Gov. Otter (the most EVER)! This number was boosted by three BRR members stepping up to the Platinum R level… which is $10,000! Thank you, Craig Groves, Lori Otter, and Katrina Wehr for making this outstanding commitment, as well as, Michelle Bailey and Tracy Kasper, for being sustaining Platinum Rs.

RPAC is the tool we use to drive the legislative initiatives to support or oppose laws, policies, and regulations at the local, state, and national levels. Case in point, former Gov. Otter shared his appreciation for the dollars invested, but more importantly, the advice and counsel from REALTORS® and IR during his years of service, which helped him in his decision making. 

Current Legal Hot Topics:

  • Local short-term rental restriction proposals (see BRR’s recent Call-for-Action and update)
  • National antitrust lawsuit regarding the incorrect perception that commissions are not negotiable (NAR Seeks to Dismiss Antitrust Lawsuit
  • Lead-based paint disclosure and compliance checks by the EPA
  • Forums updates and clarification on how to use the promissory note

Legal and legislative advocacy is at the center of what we do at the local, state, and national associations, and it was the primary focus of this year’s conference.

 

FORMS UPDATE

IR announced they will continue licensing forms to both Instanet and FormSimplicity for another three years.

 

CONSUMER CAMPAIGN

New from NAR’s “That’s Who We ®️” consumer campaign, materials you can customize with your contact info and photo, and a forthcoming app to help you share branded assets quickly to social media via mobile at nar.realtor/thats-who-we-r.

 

MEMBER RECOGNITION

Thank you to the state directors who took three days away from their businesses to have these discussions, take classes, network with colleagues from across the state, and do the business of the association: Michelle Bailey, Jared Cozby, Krista Deacon, Julie DeLorenzo, Becky Enrico-Crum, Carey Farmer, Gail Hartnett, Chelsea Hough, Elizabeth Hume, Phil Mount, Peach Peterson, Gary Salisbury, and Susan Weaver. 

Jeff Wills, Gail Hartnett, and Krista Deacon also gave presentations, sharing the value of RPAC, the power of connections, and recognizing our association leaders. 

We have to give special recognition to Katrina Wehr, who was elected to the IR Board of Directors as the West District Vice President and was also named the 2019 Idaho REALTOR®️ of the Year! We are so lucky to call Katrina a BRR member, BRR Past President, current IMLS Vice President, and more… and appreciate her continued role in the REALTOR®️ industry.

Photos from 2019 IR Convention

Photos from 2019 IR Convention

REALTORS® Endorse Local Candidates

After numerous candidate interviews and completed questionnaires, Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is pleased to announce the following candidate endorsements for upcoming local elections in Ada, Elmore, and Gem counties.

Boise

  • Rebecca Arnold – Boise Mayor
  • Patrick Bageant – Boise City Council Seat 1
  • Meredith Stead – Boise City Council Seat 3
  • Debbie Lombard-Bloom – Boise City Council Seat 5

Eagle

  • Jason Pierce – Eagle City Mayor
  • Charlie Baun – Eagle City Council

Emmett

  • Steve Nebeker – Emmett Mayor
  • Brett McGann – Emmett City Council

Garden City

  • Pam Beaumont – Garden City, City Council
  • James Page – Garden City, City Council

Glenns Ferry

  • Susan Case – Glenns Ferry City Council

Kuna

  • Briana Buban-Vonder Haar – Kuna City Council
  • Ramona Martin – Kuna City Council

Meridian

  • Robert Simison – Meridian Mayor
  • Brad Hoaglun – Meridian City Council Seat 3
  • Jessica Perreault – Meridian City Council Seat 5

Mountain Home

  • Rich Sykes – Mountain Home Mayor
  • Mark Bryant – Mountain Home City Council
  • Brad Stokes – Mountain Home City Council

Star

  • Trevor Chadwick – Star City Mayor
  • Kevin Nielsen – Star City Council Seat 1
  • Jennifer Salmonsen – Star City Council Seat 2

“Each year we have the honor of interviewing many qualified candidates for elected office. It’s rarely an easy decision determining which candidate best reflects our views on growth, governance, and the importance of private property rights. After careful review, the candidates we’ve chosen to endorse are uniquely qualified to lead our community through challenging growth management decisions. These candidates understand the importance of private property rights, managing growth, and the important role REALTORS® have in the local economy and community,” said Phil Mount, 2019 President of Boise Regional REALTORS®.

BRR’s Public Policy Committee, comprised of volunteer members of the association, invited over 80 candidates across the three counties to fill out candidate questionnaires focused on private property and growth-related issues. After careful review of the responses, over half of the candidates who filed for candidacy were invited to take part in interviews with the committee. Based on these interviews, the committee sent their recommendations to the BRR Board of Directors for final review and approval.

“We wish to thank our volunteer Public Policy Committee members, and all those who assisted with the candidate endorsement process. We appreciate the time and dedication of these individuals, and their commitment to identifying the candidates who are best suited to represent the voice of real estate and private property rights,” said Josh Cummings, BRR’s Public Policy Committee Chair.

Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

“We urge Boise Regional REALTORS®, as well as the rest of the community, to get out and vote this November and support these candidates who’ve received the endorsement of local REALTORS® throughout Ada, Elmore, and Gem counties,” said BRR Director of Government Affairs Soren Dorius.

For information on the candidates, registration, and where to vote, please visit idahovotes.gov, adacounty.id.gov/electionsgemcounty.org/elections/ and elmorecounty.org/elections-2018/. 

PRESS COVERAGE:

Arnold, Bieter, McLean pick up endorsements ahead of mayoral election

BRR’s Public Policy Committee, made up of volunteer REALTORS®, extends candidate questionnaires to various local candidate races within Ada, Elmore, and Gem counties. Based on these responses, candidates are invited to be interviewed by the committee and share their views on housing, private property rights, education, transportation, and other issues affecting the community. From there, the Public Policy Committee provides recommendations for endorsements which are reviewed by BRR’s Board of Directors for final approval. For questions regarding BRR’s endorsement process, contact Soren Dorius, BRR’s Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com. You may also reach Government Affairs Manager, Cameron Kinzer, at 208-947-7237 or cameron@boirealtors.com

BRR President Phil Mount’s Op-Ed Regarding Proposed Short-Term Rental Restrictions

2019 Boise Regional REALTORS® President, Phil Mount

2019 Boise Regional REALTORS® President, Phil Mount

Earlier this year I offered praise and support for the City of Boise’s decision to expand Accessory Dwelling Unit options (ADUs), as part of its “Grow Our Housing” plan. This decision enhanced private property rights while also creating additional housing options, which are desperately needed in our growing community.

After a wise and important step in the right direction towards addressing community needs, I am deeply disappointed at the City’s consideration to now significantly restrict short-term rental housing as it impedes a fundamental right of property ownership; to rent.

Please join me in letting the City of Boise know that this proposal is bad policy. Go to the “Share Your Thoughts” link on cityofboise.org/short-term and select “Disapprove.”

The following are some of the reasons I am personally opposed to this proposal, which I will be including in my feedback to the City.

Among their primary reasons for proposing these restrictions, the City expressed a desire to preserve the character of neighborhoods and address alleged concerns of noise, parking, and traffic associated with short-term rentals. There isn’t anything inherent in rental housing, be it short- or long-term, to support these claims, so to say this is specific to short-term rentals is disingenuous. If there are bad actors, then let’s treat them as any other violator of public nuisance ordinances. Instead of creating new regulations or restrictions, let’s use the existing code enforcement tools should an issue arise, instead of singling out short-term rentals as the scapegoat.

The City’s proposal also claims that by restricting short-term rentals they will address the housing shortage by freeing up more long-term options. Let’s be honest, the number of long-term housing options this could create immediately is marginal at best. While we absolutely need more housing today, creating regulations that have long-term and potentially unintended consequences at the expense of private property rights is short-sighted.

The proposal wrongly assumes these restrictions will improve housing affordability. However, short-term rentals didn’t create a national or citywide shortage of affordable living options, nor are they responsible for the overall increased cost of living in our communities. In fact, individual homeowners often use short-term rentals to earn additional income, possibly to offset the increasing costs of living in Boise, or, in order to afford to buy a home to live in while offsetting their mortgage payment. Those who claim that short-term rentals are only owned by out-of-town investors or corporations profiting off local real estate as a reason to support these restrictions fail to realize the direct economic harm these restrictions would have on local property owners.

The reasons a property owner may choose to utilize short-term rentals are unique and varied, and all fill an important housing need in our community. Restricting and overregulating short-term rentals won’t address the problems cited in this proposal, but instead, threaten fundamental and longstanding private property rights. As President of the Boise Regional REALTORS®, I can say with confidence that our Board of Directors and membership stands ready and willing to engage with the City and discuss common sense housing solutions, that, until this proposal, have been part of the City’s vision.

Once again, please join me in letting the City of Boise know that we disapprove of this policy and together make our voices heard.

BRR’s call-for-action for members and consumers can be found at boirealtors.com/short-term-rental-restrictions.

REALTORS® OPPOSE CITY OF BOISE’S PROPOSED SHORT-TERM RENTAL RESTRICTIONS

BRR’s call-for-action for members and consumers can be found at boirealtors.com/short-term-rental-restrictions.


September 20, 2019 Press Release:

Idaho REALTORS® (IR) and Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) oppose a recent City of Boise proposal to regulate and restrict short-term rentals.

“We are fundamentally opposed to this restriction of private property rights,” said Phil Mount, 2019 BRR President. “This is a significant overstep that threatens one of the most basic precepts of property ownership; the right to rent. We understand and appreciate the concerns of affordability, safety, and neighborhood nuisance violations that are trying to be addressed by the City, but this is the wrong approach. Instead of creating new regulations or restrictions, let’s use the code enforcement tools that are already in place should an issue arise, instead of singling out short-term rentals as the neighborhood scapegoat.”

“The proposed short-term rental ordinance from the City of Boise is a clear overreach, attempting to skirt Idaho code. Idaho law and city ordinance already offer remedy for the issues that the City of Boise wants to address. Idaho REALTORS® have worked to codify legislation that protects the right to rent across the state and we are committed to defending those efforts,” said Raphael Barta, President of IR.

“REALTORS® are deeply invested in this community and strive to maintain it as a great place to live, work, and recreate. We look forward to collaborating with the City to find common sense solutions that embrace private property rights, rather than restrict them,” said Soren Dorius, Director of Government Affairs for BRR.

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Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is a 501(c)(6) trade association, representing real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS and the Boise Regional REALTORS® Community Foundation.

Idaho REALTORS® (IR) promotes the business interests of its members, advances the high standards of business conduct expressed in the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and protects private property rights.

 

59 Minute Meeting Recap: Growth, Outlook, and Plans for the City of Star

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Star is a city in transition with an eye towards the future. Our second quarter 59 Minute Meeting emphasized this point as we were joined by Star City Councilmen David Hershey, Michael Keyes as well as Star City Planner Shawn Nickel.

Star has had an interesting and long history as it was settled in 1863 and incorporated in 1905 with a four-mile buffer in each direction. Early growth and decline were tied to the electric railroad and in 1929 Star was unincorporated due to some issues with highway development and paving disputes. It wasn’t until 1997 that Star was reincorporated as a city and part of Ada County.

Star is unique in that it is not a full-service city. The city does not own the sewer and water department, fire department, police force or street system. They are reliant on agreements and cooperation with other districts, county’s and state entities.

The only impact fees that Star collects is for park development — all other impact fees are passed through other agencies. Even though they are not a full-service city, Star is seeing population growth like other cities in Ada County and is in the process of updating their development code and comprehensive plan.

They have an open space rule of 15% minimum with 10% useable being the new standard for open space rules. There is also a plan to incorporate more compact walkable communities into the development plan. This will include pathways from the river to the foothills and a connection to the greenbelt when areas near the river are more developed.

Due to inconvenient transportation access, the city has been somewhat removed from the population growth experienced elsewhere in Ada County. A major future transportation growth factor for Star is Chinden (US20/26) being widened to five lanes, with the last leg of that project expected to begin construction in 2024, and the future Central Valley Express Way will also play a major role in the growth of Star and because of its central location. Currently, the population of Star sits right around 11,000 but it is projected to grow to over 30,000 people by 2040, which means we could see Star grow faster than other communities in Ada County in the future

Currently, the split between business and personal tax revenue that the city collects is 93% personal and 7% business. The city is working hard to bring in more businesses so people who live in Star don’t have to travel to other parts of the county for work and they can keep that tax revenue local. There are plans in the works for businesses to come to Star with specific details to come later.

There are also plans to turn the river area into a row of development that will include restaurants, living units and other amenities not found in other Idaho cities. Envision a version of the River Walk in San Antonio, but in Star, Idaho. The city’s vision for this plan is very ambitious and forward thinking. If it comes to fruition, they will have one of the most unique mixed-use land areas in the state.

We’re excited to see what the future holds for Star. They have a lot of great ideas on amenities to add to the city over the next decade. They are conscientious about the growth that is anticipated to come their way over the next twenty years.

Interview with Kit Fitzgerald, 2019 RPAC Hall of Fame Inductee

Kit Fitzgerald, Equity Northwest RealtyOn May 15, 2019, Kit Fitzgerald was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame for contributing over $25,000 to RPAC in her lifetime. For over 50 years, RPAC has continued to grow and support the real estate industry through local, state, and national legislation and advocacy, none of which would be possible without the support of REALTORS® like Kit.

In honor of her achievement, we decided to interview Kit and ask her a few questions about what RPAC means to her and how she became a Major Investor.

Q: Congratulations on being inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame. This is a big deal! How do you feel about this recent recognition of your commitment and investments into RPAC?

A: I think its very kind of NAR to recognize this level of commitment. I would gladly give without the recognition as I believe so strongly in working to defend our REALTOR® Party Issues. 

 Q: Well, your passion and dedication to RPAC is definitely worth recognizing. I mean, $25,000 is a lot of money! Why are you so committed to RPAC and its success?

A: We are the only organization in this country fighting for homeownership. Its the foundation of our economy, our citizens, and the American Dream that so many people desire. RPAC and the REALTOR® Party ensures that we have protection for private property rights, flood insurance, no taxes on services, access to financing for our consumers, and so much more. I firmly believe that investing in RPAC is a protection of not only my business and livelihood, but also ensures that Americans have an opportunity to build wealth via equity, have safe neighborhoods, stronger schools and a place to make memories. So many other countries in this world do not have the same opportunities as we do, and REALTORS® are the people who ensure we do.

 Q: Well said! You obviously know a lot about RPAC and its impact on homeownership rights. But that wasn’t always the case, right? How did you become a REALTOR® and how did that lead to you becoming a committed investor in RPAC?

A: I became a REALTOR® after building a home in Meridian in 2002. I’d just moved here from Washington, DC, became quite close with the onsite sales team and was lucky enough for them to offer me an opportunity to sell homes. As for my investment, Id given small amounts to RPAC via dues, but it wasnt until I became involved in the volunteer world of our association for me to learn the extent of what the organization does to protect our business and homeowners everywhere. I was approached by fellow REALTOR®, Jim Johnston from Pocatello, to truly look at what my investment in RPAC means for REALTORS®, and once I learned more, I was all in. 

 Q: Thanks to your “all-in” attitude, many BRR members have stepped up their commitment to RPAC and become Major Investors, largely because of YOUR influence and example. Why do you go out of your way to encourage other REALTORS® to invest into RPAC?

A: For many of the reasons Ive previously stated, Ive encouraged my fellow colleagues to step up their investment. For my friends that have very successful businesses, they have so much to lose if we dont protect homeownership. I also believe that many of our fellow REALTORS® just dont know enough about RPAC to understand the impact of their contributions. I didnt, and it wasnt until I was educated that I understood the needs of grassroots education for our government and the importance of electing or keeping folks in office that support homeownership and private property rights. I truly believe that being educated by a peer, especially who is successful in our industry, helps any active REALTOR® feel more inclined to participate at a higher level.

 Q: Peer-education is a great tool to get others involved! But what do you tell people who say they don’t invest into RPAC because they didn’t like a specific candidate or issue that their association made?

A: RPAC and the REALTOR® Party are not about a candidate or issue. They exist to ensure that REALTOR® issues, important to homeownership and our business are protected. No one in the country is ever going to agree 100% of the time with a politicians votes, or with every single issue impacting our world. However, when it comes to making sure our clients can close on a home that requires flood insurance, a first time homebuyer has access to financing, extra taxes arent passed on to our consumers and so much more, its pretty hard to tell me that you cant get on board to support the industry that keeps food on your table. We are the REALTOR® Party, not any other party.

 Q: One last question: Is there any other piece of advice you have for your fellow REALTORS®?

A: Contribute. Even small contributions are incredibly important. We all go through challenges, but without protecting our industry, the very business in which you make a living can be swept away in a heartbeat. Each of us can make an investment in our industry. Were protecting, ourselves, our families and our economy. Even if its just $30-$50 in a year, every dollar is incredibly important. It doesnt seem like much, to ensure we have a future.

 

To learn more about RPAC, visit boirealtors.com/what-is-rpac or contact Director of Government Affairs, Soren Dorius.

REALTORS® Endorse Meridian Library District’s Plant Levy

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is proud to endorse and support the Meridian Library District’s Plant Facilities Levy. If approved, the levy will fund the building of two new branches (one in North Meridian at the Linder Village Complex and one in South Meridian at the Hill Complex), pay for the renovation of the Cherry Lane location, and a renovation of the downtown building for the unBound technology branch.

“This levy is a great value as it expands library opportunities for all residents and increases the library’s footprint in underserved areas of Meridian,” said Phil Mount, 2019 BRR President and REALTOR® with Front Street Brokers. “We’re happy to support the Meridian Library District’s goal to expand education and learning opportunities for residents of all ages.”

Learn more about the plan and ballot measure at mld.org/2019levy.

BRR’s Public Policy Committee, made up of volunteer REALTORS®, carefully vets and considers all housing, private property rights, education, transportation, and other public policy matters and issues in Ada, Elmore, and Gem Counties. From there, the Committee provides recommendations for endorsements which are further reviewed and approved by BRR’s Board of Directors. For questions regarding this endorsement or the endorsement process, contact Soren Dorius, BRR’s Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com.

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 Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is a 501(c)(6) trade association, representing real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

59 Minute Meeting Recap: Is Affordable Housing Becoming a Crisis in the Boise Metro?

3.12.19 59 Min Meeting ImageThank you to everyone who attended our first 59 Minute Meeting of 2019, which posed the question, “Is affordable housing becoming a crisis in the Boise Metro?” Our panelists included Wyatt Schroeder, Director of Community Partnerships for the City of Boise; Vanessa Fry, Research Director at the Boise State University’s Idaho Policy Institute; and Margaret Carmel, journalist at the Idaho Press.

Wyatt Schroeder began the conversation by asking the group for input on the purpose and definition of a home. As the former Executive Director of CATCH Inc., an organization that assists the needs of the homeless population in Boise, he brought a unique and important perspective on the importance of having a home. He walked through basic definitions of what affordability looks like by using its practical definition (at or below 30% of one’s income is deemed affordable).

This year, the City of Boise is rolling out a program called Grow Our Housing, which has several components to increase the housing supply in the city and stabilize pricing. The first proposal of this plan is to ease the restrictions on Accessory Dwelling Units so homeowners can easily add another unit on their property, thus creating new housing inventory options (which was endorsed by BRR as an important and necessary change to help address housing inventory). The other policy proposals for Grow Our Housing haven’t been officially released yet but they will include a housing land trust, housing incentive packages to get builders to include affordable units in their plans and zoning changes. Wyatt also announced that he will be facilitating discussion groups around the city to get more feedback on these and other possible proposals to add more affordable housing.

Vanessa Fry from Boise State University followed up with a deeper analysis on housing options in the region. As an expert in this field of study, she emphasized the importance of making data-driven decisions that will benefit the community. She highlighted how our current zoning designations are impacting cities, and how other options might be necessary and worth exploring while encouraging discussion on reviewing current zoning designations and identifying ways to be more efficient and forward thinking. Vanessa also spoke about the need for a housing needs assessment tool to help Boise and other cities future proof their strategies for affordable housing.

Margaret Carmel discussed a story she recently wrote that compares the different steps that Minneapolis and Boise have taken to address affordable housing. Minneapolis has unique and different resources that impact how they approach affordability, and has created a housing land trust with a program that pumps $40 million into support for renters and will soon require developers to include affordable units. They also have eliminated single family zoning within the city which they believe will encourage denser and more affordable housing.

Boise is proposing different measures to address the same growing issue of affordability and housing supply. It will be interesting to see how the two cities compare as both strategies progress over the coming years.

For those that were able to join us, thank you for attending our first 59 Minute Meeting of 2019! We have many exciting and important topics planned for the rest of the year, so keep your eye out for details on our next meeting!