Community builders: Mountain View Meadows team expects more growth

Phil Drake

It takes Mark Runkle and his wife Rebecca Ryland nearly an hour to show a visitor all the things going on at Mountain View Meadows, a sprawling housing master-planned community overlooking the Helena Valley.

At the end of the drive, you get the feeling they really didn’t scratch the surface.

Runkle recently put out a newsletter to Mountain View Meadows residents stating they now have 402 housing units on the property on the east side of Helena, adding that if the current pace of housing keeps up, they will add another 400 within the next five to six years and eventually top off with about 1,200 homes.

“It’s an exciting time at Mountain View Meadows,” Runkle, the owner/developer, says in the newsletter, adding it is the only master-planned community in Helena.

“The master plan concept is what makes us different,” he said.

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Runkle and Ryland, who is director of

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