COMMISSION, BOARDS, AND COMMITTEES

Community Development Department staff serve as a resource to elected and appointed officials serving on the following Commissions, Boards, and Committees:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Committee

The ADA Compliance Committee serves as an advisory committee to the Helena City Commission to determine reasonable accommodations as stated in the Americans for Disabilities Act. The city of Helena's ADA Coordinator provides staff assistance to the ADA Committee and can be contacted for further information at 316 North Park Avenue, Room 445, Helena, MT  59623, or by phone at 406-447-8490, or by email at citycommunitydevelopment@helena.gov. For information about the ADA federal regulations, please click on the following link: Americans with Disabilities Act.

Board of Appeals

As described in 3-1-5 of Helena City Code, the Board of Appeals deliberates on appeals from any decision of the director of building and safety or any inspector under his supervision or any other city officer upon any matter affecting any of the uniform codes adopted in this title, or any other provision in this title. The requests are brought forth by citizen applicants and presented to the Board of Appeals by Building Division staff. For more information about the appeal process, please click on the following link: Building Board of Appeals

Board of Adjustment (BOA)

As described in 11-5 of Helena City Code, the BOA deliberates on requests for variances from the city of Helena Zoning Ordinance to address any undue hardship caused by city zoning regulations on building a new structure(s), rehabilitating an existing structure(s), or expanding the existing structure(s) on such property. The requests are brought forth by citizen applicants and presented to the BOA by Planning Division staff. For more information about the variance process, please click on the following link: Zoning

Helena City Commission

When existing or new development requires a subdivision or zoning-related process, the Planning Division staff assists the Helena City Commission by developing reports that detail the findings of facts, and recommendations for approval or denial with or without conditions. Staff presents the finding, recommendation made by the city Zoning Commission and analysis to the City Commission for each application. Additionally, staff provides technical assistance to the Commission on a range of topics including updates or revisions to any city ordinance or policy pertaining to Community Development. These include, the city of Helena Growth PolicyZoning Ordinance, and Subdivision Regulations.

Helena/Lewis and Clark County Consolidated Planning Board

As described in 2-6-3 of Helena City Code, the Planning Board serves as an advisory board to the City Commission on major subdivision applications and revisions to the city of Helena Growth Policy and Subdivision Regulations. Planning Division staff provide assistance to this Board by developing reports that detail the findings of facts and provide recommendations for approval with or without conditions or denial and present their findings for subdivision applications at a Planning Board public hearing. Additionally, Planning Division staff assist in the update and development of existing and future policies and regulations pertaining to subdivision and long range planning. For additional information about subdivision review or the city of Helena Growth Policy, please click on the following links: SubdivisionGrowth Policy

Zoning Commission

As described in 2-6-3 of Helena City Code, the Zoning Commission serves as an advisory board to the City Commission on applications for Conditional Use Permits, Zone Change, Pre-Zoning prior to Annexation, and revisions to the city of Helena Zoning Ordinance. Planning Division staff provide assistance to the Zoning Commission by developing reports with recommendations for approval with or without conditions or denial. Staff presents the findings, recommendations, and analysis at a Zoning Commission public hearing. Additionally, staff provides technical assistance in the update of existing regulations and development of future regulations that pertain to zoning. For more information about city zoning, please click on the following link: Zoning.

The above Commissions, Boards and Committees meeting schedules with associated agendas, and minutes from adjourned meetings can be found on the Community Development Calendar (calendar link)

City Boards and Committees