The Big Sky Chamber of Commerce will host an evening of discussion on Tuesday, January 24th at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center about the formation of a Tourism Master Plan for Big Sky and affordable housing in the Big Sky area. Community input is welcomed.
For Immediate Release: Big Sky Chamber of Commerce to Host 2nd Community Forum Please join us for a community discussion focused on affordable housing Big Sky, Montana | January 9, 2017 – The Big Sky Chamber of Commerce will host a Community Forum on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, to provide updates on current and future community efforts to address the issue of affordable housing. The event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (WMPAC), located at Big Sky’s Lone Peak School Campus on Highway 191. This event is open to the public.
Britt Ide, Interim CEO of the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, will present a brief overview of Visit Big Sky’s recent DestinationNEXT survey results. The survey was completed by nearly 80 community members and stakeholders, and the results provided a recommendation for the community to focus on the development of a Tourism Master Plan as well as address the issue of affordable housing.
Brian Guyer with HRDC will provide an update on the Bough Big Sky Community Subdivision, which received over $1 million of funding from the Big Sky Resort Tax Area District this year.
Ide will also give an overview of the pros and cons of current “Penny for Housing” legislative efforts to allow for a local option to increase the Resort Tax to 4%. Following these updates, there will be a large amount of time dedicated to a Town Hall-style question and answer period.
“We look forward to this being an evening dedicated to helping us all better understand the issue of affordable housing in our community,” stated Ide. “It is an issue that affects us all.”
Members of the Chamber of Commerce’s Housing Committee as well as many local developers will be in attendance to help answer the public’s questions.