Downtown Zoning Code Update

Project Overview

The City of Helena has been updating its zoning code for the downtown neighborhood, as designated in the 2016 Downtown Neighborhood Plan (DNP). The 2016 Downtown Neighborhood Plan sets forth an exciting vision for the future of downtown Helena, one that incorporates significant redevelopment potential, activates public spaces and supports increased connectivity, and recommends a progressive approach to parking requirements and housing opportunity around the downtown core. To align the downtown’s code with the Plan’s vision, the consolidated code will introduce one district that emphasizes higher density development with minimal setbacks, design standards that compliment Helena’s historic built environment and the natural environment, enhanced pedestrian access, encourages more ground floor retail and commercial activities, and much more.

On June 24, 2019, the City Commission approved Ordinance numbers 3256, 3257, 3258, 3259, 3260, 3261, and 3262 to implement regulations for the DT (Downtown) and TR (Transitional Residential) Zoning Districts.  These Ordinances are shown below as chapters.  In accordance with these Ordinances, with respect to the 2011 Growth Policy, and the 2016 Downtown Neighborhood Plan, the City has applied to amend the zoning in the downtown area.  The City of Helena Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing for the re-zoning request on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the City-County Building in Room 330. Then, on Monday, September 9, 2019, the City Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 6:00 PM at the City-County Building in Room 330. 

The following ordinances were adopted by the City Commission on June 24, 2019:

Title 7

Title 11

The proposed rezoned boundary for the Downtown and Transitional Residential Districts can be found here and a copy of FAQ's can be found here.  The legal description for the DT (Downtown) District can be found here and the legal description for the TR (Transitional Residential) District can be found here.

For additional information on the Downtown Zoning Code update or to share questions or comments, please contact the City of Helena Community Development Department at citycommunitydevelopment@helenamt.gov  or call (406) 447-8490.

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/Central Services Director, 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.