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Bozeman mayor: City needs to address housing crisis

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Taylor explained how the voluntary affordable housing program the city just recently tried to implement, is not working. Taylor explained how the voluntary affordable housing program the city just recently tried to implement, is not working.
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On Monday night, Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor gave his State of the City address, highlighting affordable housing needs and county land issues.

Taylor explained how the voluntary affordable housing program the city just recently tried to implement, is not working.

He said the city needs to take further steps in addressing the housing crisis in Bozeman, whether the solution is donating land to developers to make building costs more affordable or implementing a new program.

Taylor continued on about being more aware of the environment, possibly lowering parking restrictions on developments and increasing multi-model transportation routes.

Taylor also announced that the city will be looking at forcibly annexing county property that falls within city limits, into the city.

For example, the trailer park on Oak Street technically is county land but is surrounded by city-owned property

“If we were to do this it would be the first time in memory that the city has utilized state law to forcibly annex property into the city,” said Taylor. “The forcible annexation power exists when a property is totally surrounded by the city.”

The mayor also added in that he hopes the city can continue to work with the county, despite some recent tension between the two entities.

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