Email The Flathead Valley is experiencing rapid growth and development, reminiscent of a decade ago.Real estate sales are approaching record highs. New development is also approaching a high watermark. What is the reality in the region and what changes are on the horizon?This week the Beacon breaks down the latest boom and looks at the far-reaching changes rippling across the valley._____________________________U.S. Highway 93 near Hutton Ranch on May 20, 2014. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead BeaconA Tale of Two BoomsThe current housing and construction boom in the Flathead Valley evokes the pre-recession boom of the early 2000s. But real estate and construction experts say it’s different this time around.By Molly PriddyThe sun is out and construction crews around the valley are pushing dirt, pouring concrete, raising frames, and putting their mark on the Flathead’s vision for the future. »»» READ MORE___________________________A rental sign in front of the Whitefish Crossing apartments on June 22, 2017. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead BeaconRentals: Here Today, Gone TomorrowFlathead Valley communities, especially Whitefish, struggle to provide affordable rental unitsBy Tristan ScottWhitefish is not alone in its struggle to provide affordable rental units to its local workforce, but its inventory of cost-effective options is slimmer than ever. »»» READ MORE______________________________Housing in Whitefish. Beacon File PhotoStatewide Property Reappraisal Process Underway for 2017Landowners have 30 days from receiving notice to protest Department of Revenue’s new property valuationsBy Molly PriddyProperty values are the basis for Montana’s property tax system, which has considerable budgetary significance in a state that operates without a sales tax. »»» READ MORE__________________________Construction of the Glacier Town Center on the north end of Kalispell on June 22, 2017. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon‘Montana’s Newest Commercial Center’ Plows ForwardThe latest harbinger of growth, a 485-acre mixed-use development, is breaking ground as Kalispell keeps advancing northBy Dillon TabishOn 500 acres of sprawling flatland, former wheat fields once considered the northern outskirts of Kalispell, a nine-phase subdivision dubbed “Montana’s newest commercial center” is sprouting up this summer. »»» READ MORE____________________________A lone farm located across the Kalispell Bypass from neighborhoods in south Kalispell, pictured June 21, 2017. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead BeaconThe Catch-22 of Wide-Ranging DevelopmentWith rapid growth and development come concerns over urban sprawl and dwindling open spaceBy Dillon TabishPaul Travis finds himself having a familiar conversation with people he meets across the Flathead Valley. »»» READ MORE Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.