Helena Downtown Urban Renewal District Update

Moving Forward with a Downtown URD

On October 29, 2018 the Helena City Commission moved forward with the establishment of the Downtown Urban Renewal District (DURD), with final passage of Ordinance 3242, creating the district, establishing its boundaries, and formally adopting the Downtown Urban Renewal District Plan, inclusive of a tax increment provision in accordance with state statute (MCA 7-15-42 and 7-15-43). The City Commission ultimately wishes to utilize Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to finance improvements in the District that will incentivize private development and promote a more vibrant downtown. The Montana Department of Revenue will now be provided with the adopted DURD Plan and associated ordinance in order to proceed with calculating the taxable values of property in the district in the creation of a tax increment financing provision for the district.

If you have any questions regarding this project or would like to be placed on an email list for future notification’s concerning this District, please contact Sharon Haugen, Community Development Director, at (406) 447-8445 or shaugen(at)helenamt.gov.

Additional Information

Proposed Rodney Street Area Amendment to the Helena Downtown Urban Renewal District

Background & Update as of September 6, 2019

The City of Helena is interested in adding the Rodney Street Area to the Helena Downtown Urban Renewal District (URD).  The proposed Rodney Street Area includes the area between 6th Street and Pine Street from Rodney Street to the edge of the existing Downtown URD boundary on Warren Street.

The Downtown URD is intended to improve economic vitality, generate more employment opportunities, encourage investment and generally improve infrastructure.  The proposed Rodney Street Area is too small to thrive as it's own separate URD, so the City is considering adding it to the Downtown URD.

Proposal Timeline

Proposed Boundary Map  (Larger Map Available here)


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