Railroad Urban Renewal District

Railroad Urban Renewal District Intent & Area

Intent & Area

The City of Helena established the Railroad Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District in 2016, which roughly extends from North Last Chance Gulch east to Interstate I-15 and includes land for several blocks on either side of the railroad. The URD/TIF District's goals are to revitalize the area by improving economic vitality, creating jobs, and encouraging investment in targeted neighborhoods.


The City of Helena established a Railroad TIF Advisory Board in August 2017. The Board is comprised of 8 representatives of private businesses, property owners, and residents within the district, public associations and non-profits, the Helena School District, and Helena College. The Board is tasked with  completing annual work plans, reports, evaluations, and budgets and making recommendations for  allocation of TIF funding and any future amendments to the Railroad Urban Renewal District Plan.

For additional information, the following links are being provided:


2018 RURD TIF Application

The city is currently seeking applications for urban renewal projects within the RURD. Applications will be received on a rolling basis until available funds are expended, and each will be reviewed by the Board in the order received. Applications may address any of the following project priority areas, and may receive an award of up to 50% of the project’s cost:

1.       Infrastructural Needs

2.       RURD Sidewalk Projects

3.       Transportation Planning

4.       Demolition Program

5.       Development of a District Branding and Marketing Initiative that Reflects the Historic and
    Cultural/Economic Importance of the Area

Only $40,000 is currently available to serve as project match funding for all projects, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for eligible projects until funding is no longer available. If applications are found to be eligible, applicants will be informed in advance of the meeting time and location. The application and criteria for review are available in the Community Development Department Office in Room 445, 316 N. Park Avenue as well as below:

City staff welcome any questions on the application process or potential projects. Please call the Community Development Department at (406) 447-8491 for further information.

Contact Person

For additional information on the Railroad Urban Renewal District, please contact: Sharon Haugen, Community Development Director, City of Helena, 316 N. Park Avenue, Helena, MT 59623, phone: 406-447-8445, or email: shaugen(at)helenamt.gov


The City of Helena is committed to providing access to persons with disabilities for its meetings, in compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Montana Human Rights Act. The City will not exclude persons with disabilities from participation at its meetings or otherwise deny them the City’s services, programs, or activities. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations to participate in the city’s meetings, services, programs, or activities should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Ellie Ray, as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange for the requested accommodation, at any of the following: (406) 447-8490, TTY Relay Service 1-800-253-4091 or 711, citycommunitydevelopment(at)helenamt.gov, 316 North Park, Avenue, Room 445, Helena, MT 59623.

To request an alternate information format for the information on this page, please contact the Community Development Department/Planning Division at: Voice: 406-447-8490 | TTY: 1-800-253-4091|Relay: 711 Email: citycommunitydevelopment(at)helenamt.gov.