Planning as a profession arose during the 1890’s as a result of the urban reform movement to better tackle the problems of uncontrolled and unplanned growth of urban areas. From that period till now planners have approached community physical, social, environmental and economic needs within a comprehensive framework for community development.

The Planning Division strives to meet the long term challenges facing the City by developing and maintaining the City of Helena’s 2011 Growth Policy, which is the foundational guiding policy document establishing the long-term vision.

Over the past few years the City of Helena, in coordination with the Tri-County Fire Safe Working Group and other local and regional partners, have assessed the threat of Wildland fires to the City. As a byproduct of the analysis, the City of Helena Growth Policy has been updated to incorporate a separate chapter discussing the Wildland-Urban Interface.

Neighborhood Planning:

The City of Helena Planning Division is actively involved in supporting the efforts of City neighborhoods in developing their own neighborhood plans. These neighborhood plans are intended to provide a critical examination of neighborhood scale issues that expand on the vision laid out in the City's Growth Policy. 

At present the City is supporting efforts by Midtowne/6th Ward Neighborhood Association to develop a neighborhood plan.

Other Plans:

The following is a list of other adopted planning documents to help guide growth and development in the City of Helena:

2007- 2011 Helena Area Transit Development Plan Update

2014 Great Helena Area Long Range Transportation Plan Update

2010  Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan

1985 South Hills Planning Study

1997 Helena Water Management Plan

2003 Helena Wastewater Master Plan

2004 Lewis and Clark County Growth Policy