Current Projects

The City Community Development Department is actively working on the following projects. Click on a project to learn more about upcoming hearings and how you can get involved.

For more information about the subdivision process from Pre-Application to City Commission, click here(PDF, 200KB).

If you have a question or would like to submit a comment about a current project click here.

Emergency Shelter CUP

The applicant, Good Samaritan Ministries, is requesting a Conditional Use Permit for an Emergency Shelter, located at 648 N. Jackson St. This property is located in the Downtown Zoning District and is presently occupied by Simple Cremation.

Good Samaritan Ministries plans to create an overnight shelter to be used from October 1st to May 1st, housing a maximum of 26 women between the hours of 4:00 PM and 9:00 AM, depending on weather conditions and staffing.

A copy of the application can be found here(PDF, 12MB) . Public comment can be submitted to or via our Public Comment form.

The Helena Zoning Commission will hold public hearings on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 6pm in person in the Commission Chambers, Rm 330, 316 N Park Ave, and via the ZOOM platform at

The Helena City Commission will hold public hearings on Monday, December 18, 2023, at 6pm in person in the Commission Chambers, Rm 330, 316 N Park Ave, and via the ZOOM platform at


Sign Code Update

The City of Helena is considering the adoption of a new sign code. The proposed sign code will address a range of topics, including: scaling the size of on-building signage; digital signage restrictions; lighting standards; the elimination of off-premises signage, including billboards, 10 years after adoption, and more.

An updated copy of the draft proposal can be found here(PDF, 313KB) . Public comment can be submitted to or via our Public Comment form.

A drop in information session was held on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM in City-County Building Room 401, and an additional Zoning Commission Work Session on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 6:00 PM in City-County Building Room 426. More information about the work session can be found here.

The goals of the new sign code are to improve clarity in signage regulation, increase conformance with recent legal rulings, and to ensure that the current needs of the community are being met. What has been prepared is a new sign code that not only supports businesses in effectively communicating with their customers but also enhances the visual appeal of Helena's streetscapes. The last comprehensive sign code update was adopted in 1997, although there have been some smaller changes since.




Land Use Code Update

Land Use Code Updates

The Community Development Department will be bringing forward proposed changes to the Land Use code (City Code 11-2-3 through 11-2-5) related to marijuana related uses to the Zoning Commission and City Commission in coming months. 

Draft Zoning Ordinance with changes to Marijuana Uses(PDF, 208KB)


Craftsman Village at Mountain View Meadows Phase 8, 9, & 10

Craftsman Village at Mountain View Meadows Phase 8, 9, & 10

On September 14, 2022, an application was submitted for the Craftsman Village at Mountain View Meadows Phases 8, 9, and 10. Having undergone completeness and sufficiency reviews, the application was deemed sufficient on December 27, 2022. 


Parks Board: January 4, 2023

Zoning Commission: February 14, 2023

Planning Board: February 21, 2023

City Commission: To Be Determined

Findings of Fact / Written Statement

Written Notice Letter(PDF, 17MB)

Staff Reports

Preliminary Plat Staff Report(PDF, 4MB)

Annexation Staff Report(PDF, 5MB)

Pre-Zone Staff Report(PDF, 4MB)

Application and related materials:

Sufficiency Review Updates:

Updated Preliminary Plat Page 2 of 5(PDF, 736KB)

Updated TIS - December 2022(PDF, 3MB)

Updated TIS - November 2022(PDF, 3MB)

Deviation Request(PDF, 91KB)

East Helena School District Email(PDF, 111KB)

Parkland Determination September 22, 2022(PDF, 95KB)

Street Plan and Profile Sheets(PDF, 16MB)

Water Rights - September 20, 2022(PDF, 90KB)

Water Right - September 22, 2022(PDF, 64KB)

First Submission: 


Property Information

Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions(PDF, 1MB)

Adjacent Ownership Information


Owner Permission(PDF, 229KB)

Preliminary Plans(PDF, 14MB)

Preliminary Plats(PDF, 2MB)

Parkland Determination(PDF, 1MB)

Preliminary Engineering Report

Environmental Assessment

Traffic Impact Study(PDF, 5MB)

Stormwater Information(PDF, 6MB)

Soil Survey(PDF, 1MB)

Water Rights

Tax Receipt(PDF, 124KB)

Pre-App Information

Growth Policy Analysis(PDF, 203KB)

Phasing Plans(PDF, 15MB)

Easement Notification(PDF, 45KB)

Westside Woods Phased Subdivision

Westside Woods Phased Subdivision

Phase 2

Phase 2 Commencement Notice(PDF, 126KB)

Phase 2 Exhibit Plan(PDF, 1MB)

Phase 1 Extension

Phase 1 Plat Extension Request(PDF, 128KB)

Phase 1

Phase 1 Commencement Notice(PDF, 126KB)

Phase 1 Exhibit Plan(PDF, 2MB)

Application Process

On Friday, September 16, 2022 the application for the Westside Woods major phased subdivision was received by the Community Development Department. The application was deemed sufficient for general review on Monday, December 19, 2022.  Updates to this section will be provided as available. For more information please contact the Community Development Department by email or at (406) 447-8490.


Board and Commission Dates

Parks Board: Wednesday, January 4, 2023; Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Planning Board: Tuesday, February 21, 2023

City Commission: Tuesday, April 10, 2023

February 21, 2023 Planning Board Summary Draft(PDF, 147KB)

Findings of Fact / Written Statement

Written Notice Letter(PDF, 27MB)

Staff Reports

Preliminary Plat Staff Report(PDF, 8MB)

Annexation Staff Report(PDF, 7MB)

Application and related materials:

Sufficiency Letter 12/19/2022(PDF, 322KB)

Sufficiency Response 12/13/2022(PDF, 160KB)

Sufficiency Letter 12/9/2022(PDF, 342KB)

Sufficiency Response Letter 11/16/2022(PDF, 217KB)

Sufficiency Letter 10/17/2022(PDF, 351KB)

Completeness Letter 9/27/2022(PDF, 221KB)

Parkland Dedication(PDF, 104KB)

Completeness Response Letter 9/23/2022(PDF, 118KB)

Completeness Letter 9/22/2022(PDF, 232KB)

Third Submission:


Second Submission:

Growth Policy Analysis(PDF, 121KB)

Vicinity Map(PDF, 3MB)

Adjacent Property Owners(PDF, 3MB)

Proposed Cut-Fill +3-ft(PDF, 4MB)

Preliminary Engineering Report(PDF, 20MB)

Transportation Systems(PDF, 98KB)

Solid Waste(PDF, 421KB)


Existing Dry Utilities(PDF, 1MB)



Phasing Plan

EA(PDF, 784KB)

Preliminary Plat

25% Slopes(PDF, 2MB)

First Submission:

Subdivision Application(PDF, 648KB)

Growth Policy Analysis(PDF, 121KB)

Vicinity Map(PDF, 3MB)

Site Plan(PDF, 77KB)

Legal Description(PDF, 21MB)

Adjacent Property Owners(PDF, 3MB)

Written Permission of Agent(PDF, 73KB)

Existing Covenants(PDF, 71KB)

Existing Conservation Easements(PDF, 71KB)

Variances(PDF, 70KB)

Exisitng Ordinances(PDF, 9MB)

Existing Channel Modifications(PDF, 71KB)

Proposed Cut Fill(PDF, 72KB)

Exisitng Soils(PDF, 941KB)

Mineral Rights(PDF, 73KB)

Water Rights(PDF, 225KB)

Preliminary Engineering Report(PDF, 20MB)

Transportation Systems(PDF, 79KB)

Emergency Services(PDF, 74KB)

Solid Waste(PDF, 71KB)

Parkland(PDF, 9MB)

Fire Mitigation(PDF, 76KB)

Storm Water Plan(PDF, 73KB)


Base Flood Elevations(PDF, 73KB)

School Children(PDF, 77KB)

Existing Dry Utilities(PDF, 74KB)


Easements(PDF, 636KB)

Phasing Plan(PDF, 9MB)


Preliminary Plat(PDF, 3MB)

Sheet 2(PDF, 623KB)

25% Slopes(PDF, 75KB)


Hazards(PDF, 3MB)

Annexation(PDF, 75KB)