City Presents Comprehensive Plan at Open House

The City of Minot has been working on its 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the past year. It’s a significant document that will inform decisions and the direction of the community for many years. And on Wednesday, the public got a chance to hear from the team that put it together and see the document in

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What exactly does a 2,500-square-foot lot look like? And Why does it matter in Minot?

In Montana, affordable housing is a growing problem. The influx of people is putting pressure on prices, and the legislature is looking at some less-common ways to help keep them in check. One idea under consideration — making small lots for developers and home builders more readily available. They’d can do that with a law

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Iowa City ’embracing innovation’ in 3D-printed affordable housing

Housing costs are a common topic these days where ever you look. Places with low costs of living are easier on their people and attractive to outsiders, too. But how does a place deliver it? Well, in Iowa, they’re investing in innovation. And that means 3-D printing — for houses. There’s no telling yet if

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Montana Bill would force Montana cities to allow smaller home lots

Affordable housing is a challenge across the country. In Minot, we’ve spent many tens of millions of dollars over the past ten years attempting to move the needle. But maybe we should be looking at solutions beyond direct subsidies? In Montana, our neighbors to the west are taking a novel approach — forcing the law

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Toronto Mayor Sets Clear Deregulation Goals on the Path to Meeting Housing Demand

Toronto is a city with a high-class problem. People are moving there in droves, and they’ve got to figure out a place for them to live. As such, Toronto’s Mayor has set an ambitious goal to deliver 285,000 new housing units over the next ten years. It’s a story remarkable both for the lesson in

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Bank Neighbors Say City Playing Favorites with Variances

Neighbors of First Western Bank feel the records obtained through a FOIA request tell the story of City officials working hard to expedite variance requests on behalf of the bank. The case is currently making its way through the legal system.

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City of Minot Response to Planning Department Allegations

Following last week’s article in the Minot Daily News in which a former planning department employee raised serious questions about the way the department operates, the City of Minot issued the following news release that includes a statement from the City Manager. — Official News Release, City of Minot — Minot City Manager Responds to

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Minot Planner Resigns, Labels City Operations a ‘Dysfunctional Nightmare’

A City of Minot employee on the job for less than three weeks resigned from her position in the planning department last week, and she blew the whistle on some questionable city practices on her way out. Read the full story on the Minot Daily News.

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