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.

A Growth Policy in Montana must address certain criteria as set forth in the Montana Code Annotated. Among the criteria are topics such as housing needs, economic conditions, local services and public facilities. Additionally, in order to tailor the Growth Policy to local conditions, the jurisdiction can expand on the scope and cover more than the minimum required topics. The City of Helena has chosen to take this route by including an emphasis on affordable housing and multi-modal connectivity with strong implementation recommendations and an inclusive public engagement process.

We have hired a consultant, SCJ Alliance, to assist with the development of the city’s Growth Policy.

We kicked off the update at the end of January with numerous stakeholder discussions moderated by the consultant. Growth Policy Interview Summary.

We would like for you to be involved in the process by submitting a comment, attending a public meeting, or scheduling a meeting with staff to discuss your ideas.


Here are upcoming opportunities to learn more and offer comments:

Tuesday July 16th


  • 11am – 2pm – Pop Up Studio: Memorial Park

Wednesday July 17th

  • 11am – 2pm Pop Up Studio: Anchor Park
  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm: Community Meeting: Helena College @ 1115 Roberts Ave Rm:  DON125           

Thursday July 18th

  • 11am – 2pm Pop Up Studio:

Vans Grocery @ Lundy Center

Muni’s Community Room @ Bill Roberts Golf Course                      

  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm Community Meeting: CR Anderson Middle School 1200 Knight St.

July 27th:  The Community Development Dept. will be at the Farmers Market downtown. 9am – 1pm

Please take a moment to complete this 6-question mini poll so that we can include the results in our update. Click here for the mini poll.

Our 2019 Growth Policy Update is rolling right along! We held a Storefront Studio participation event April 3-6 on the Walking Mall and it was a huge success with approximately 200+ people stopping by to discuss and comment on the future of Helena! Below are some links to the studio materials including two workshop exercises and a photo archive.


Studio Materials: Activity Centers 123Workshop #1: Group 1, 2, 3, 45 Workshop #2: Group: 1, 2, 34  
Graffiti Wall 12 
Scenario Boards/Comments 1, 2, 3

Development and Neighborhoods 12
Streets and Public Realm 12




To submit your general comments on the 2019 Growth Policy update, please complete and submit this form

If you would like to know more about the process or would like to become involved, please contact:

Michael McConnell – Planner II
City of Helena Community Development Department


Relevant Planning Documents: