City of Helena Growth Policy Update 2019

The City of Helena, in its efforts to provide a more inclusive, dynamic and vibrant community, has chosen to undertake certain long-range planning activities including a Growth Policy update. This guiding document provides a road map for the management of growth within and adjacent to the city limits. The City hopes that this along with other adopted documents can provide residents, staff, and investors with the tools they need to better understand the city and how to best navigate the development process.

We have received the first draft of the Growth Policy Chapters from our consultant! Staff have sent them to our stakeholders, working group, Consolidated Planning Board and City Commission for their review and comment.

In addition, we will also be taking public comment until 5:00 PM on August 20th. Feel free to download the Chapters and send your comments by email. For ease of transmittal, make sure to use track changes for any text changes/additions and leave comments in the margin.

For those of you who might not have time to read and provide comments for each chapter, we have included a Summary of Broad Changes that have been or will be proposed.  While broad in scope, this document includes a general direction for the project, an overall synopsis of the project’s public outreach efforts, as well as some formatting changes the City is considering updating.

Please email all comments and questions on the Chapters to mmcconnell(at)helenamt.gov by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

 

Chapters in PDF Format:Chapters in Word Format:

Summary

Chapter 1: Introduction and Organization

Chapter 2: Population

Chapter 3: Economic Conditions

Chapter 4: Housing

Chapter 5: Public Facilities and Services

Chapter 6: Transportation

Chapter 7: Environment

Chapter 8: Water

Chapter 9: Culture

Chapter 10: Land Use

Chapter 11: Statement of Coordination

Chapter 12: Subdivision Review

Summary

Chapter 1: Introduction and Organization

Chapter 2: Population

Chapter 3: Economic Conditions

Chapter 4: Housing

Chapter 5: Public Facilities and Services

Chapter 6: Transportation

Chapter 7: Environment

Chapter 8: Water

Chapter 9: Culture

Chapter 10: Land Use

Chapter 11: Statement of Coordination

Chapter 12: Subdivision Review

 

 

Want to get More Involved?

Please take a moment to complete this 6-question mini poll so that we can include the results in our update. To submit your general comments on the 2019 Growth Policy update, please complete this form.

If you would like to attend a public hearing or discuss your ideas with staff, here are some upcoming events and opportunities to participate in the Growth Policy Update:

Tuesday, August 20th: Public Comments Due by 5:00 PM

Tuesday, October 15th: Planning Board Public Hearing at 6:00 PM

Monday, November 18th: City Commission Hearing at 6:00 PM

Storefront Studio Event

 

Below are linked materials, including two workshop exercises and a photo archive, from a Storefront Studio participation event held by the City Planning Division on April 3rd-6th.

Activity Centers 123

Workshop #1: Groups 12345 

Workshop #2: Groups 1234

Graffiti Wall 12 

Scenario Boards/Comments 123

Development and Neighborhoods 12

Streets and Public Realm 12