City Boards & Committees

The City of Helena has established several advisory boards and committees. Information on individual boards and committees, current vacancies, and the application process can be found below.

Unless otherwise stated, you must be a City resident in order to participate on a City of Helena board or committee.

You may view a map of the City limits here. 


Appointments to Boards and Committees

A vacancy, or expiring term, on any board or committee will be announced and public notice will be given of the vacancy.  The media will be encouraged to make the vacancy known to the public and all interested citizens will be encouraged to submit applications on or before a specific date. 

At a City Commission meeting the Mayor shall appoint, with the consent of the Commission, all members of board and committees.

In order to allow more citizens to have input on boards and committees, the Commission has set a policy that no individual shall serve on any board or committee more than six consecutive years or two terms, whichever is longer.  The Civic Center Board has been exempted from this policy by Commission action taken on January 11, 1988.

Application Information

Application Information

Interested applicants should reference the list of current vacancies for due dates.

Application forms are available in the office of the City Clerk, Room 323, City-County Administration Building, 316 N. Park Avenue.

  • Boards and Committees Application Form (Word) (PDF)
  • Tenmile/South Helena Forest Restoration Collaborative Committee Application Form(Word) (PDF)
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board (PDF)

Current Vacancies

Current Vacancies

The City of Helena is currently accepting applications for the following positions through January 28, 2022. Individuals who have previously applied for any of the listed board vacancies are encouraged to reapply.

ADA Compliance Committee

  • One city resident to serve on the ADA Compliance Committee representing a medical field. The interim term will begin upon appointment and expire on September 1, 2024.  Thereafter term is three years.

The ADA Compliance Committee will act as an advisory committee to assist in determination of reasonable accommodations. The Committee may review requests for reconsideration of complaints forwarded by the ADA Coordinator, may make determinations as to the validity of complaints, and my provide descriptions of the resolution of those grievances that have been appealed. The Committee may recommend priorities for making structural changes to public facilities, offer suggestions on how to achieve program accessibility, and review and make recommendations on employment practices and accommodations for compliance.

Board of Adjustment

  • One citizen to serve on the Board of Adjustment as an alternate member. Alternate member will attend only when a quorum is needed.  The interim term will begin upon appointment and expire on October 1, 2024. Thereafter terms are three years.

Ordinance 1766, amended by Ordinances 2384 and 3097, established the Board of Adjustment to act on variance applications as detailed in Chapter 11-5 of the Helena City Code. Membership to include the following: one a member of the City Commission and four citizen members.

City-County Consolidated Parks Board

  • One citizen to serve on the City-County Consolidated Parks Board as a city representative.  The appointee must reside within Helena city limits. The term will begin upon appointment and expire on September 30, 2024.

A 1999 interlocal agreement between Helena and Lewis and Clark County established the City-County Consolidated Parks Board as recommended in the city and county parks, recreation and open spaces plan.  The board serves in an advisory capacity to the city and county commissions in parks, recreation and open lands matters.

 City-County Consolidated Planning Board

  • One citizen to serve on the City-County Consolidated Planning Board as a joint representative.  The joint appointee must reside within Helena city limits.  The term will begin upon appointment and expire on September 1, 2024.

An inter-local agreement between the City of Helena and Lewis and Clark County, dated June 4, 2001, re-established the City-County Consolidated Planning Board. The Board shall perform planning functions for the City and County and shall be the sole Planning Board to serve either or both governmental entities. Duties of this Board will be to ensure the promotion of public health, safety, morals, convenience, order and the general welfare, and for the sake of efficiency and economy in the process of community development, the Board shall prepare a growth policy and serve in an advisory capacity to the local governing bodies establishing said Board.

Downtown Urban Renewal District / Tax Increment Financing Advisory Board

Three city residents to serve in the following capacities:

  • One citizen to serve as a resident of the Downtown URD
  • One citizen to serve as a member of a historic preservation organization
  • One citizen to serve as a representative of Helena School District No. 1

The Downtown Urban Renewal Area Tax Increment Financing Advisory Board serves only in advisory capacity to the City Commission. The Advisory Board will provide advice only with respect to the following topics related to the Downtown Urban Renewal Area:

  1. annual work-plans, reports, evaluations, and budgets;
  2. allocation of TIF funds for projects; and
  3. amendments to the Downtown Urban Renewal District

Golf Advisory Board

  • One citizen to serve on the Golf Advisory Board.  Term will begin upon appointment and expire on October 30, 2024.

The board’s objectives are to promote cost effective and efficient management of the golf course, provide a single and accessible forum for input from all golf course users, evaluate user input and provide meaningful input to the city regarding golf course operations. There are also four non-voting members including the Golf Pro, Course Superintendent, Parks and Recreation Department Director and Helena Citizens Council Representative.

Helena Open Lands Management Advisory Committee (HOLMAC)

  • One citizen to serve on the Helena Open Lands Management Advisory Committee as a city representative.  The interim term will begin upon appointment and expire on June 30, 2023.  Thereafter terms are three years.

The Helena Open Lands Management Advisory Committee (HOLMAC) performs various functions for the city related to the management of Helena’s open lands.  Open lands have been acquired through purchase with open space bond funds and donations and is maintained by a voter-passed maintenance district.

Lewis & Clark County Heritage Preservation Tourism Development Council

  • One citizen to serve on the Heritage Preservation Tourism Development Council as a city representative. The interim term will begin upon appointment and expire on June 30, 2023.

The Memorandum of Understanding and By-Laws of the Lewis and Clark County Heritage Preservation and Tourism Development Council were adopted by the Helena City Commission and the Lewis and Clark County Commissioners, March 2012.  The Council shall consist of seven members who have a demonstrated interest in protecting or promoting the heritage resources of the City and/or the County.

Three of the selected members shall have professional expertise in the disciplines of history, planning, archaeology, architecture, architectural history, or other historic preservation-related disciplines such as cultural geography or cultural anthropology.  Three members shall have a demonstrated interest in the arts or culture and tourism and economic development in the City and the County and one member of the selected members shall be an architect.

Public Art Committee

  • One citizen to serve on the Public Art Committee: representing artists, art organizations, design- related businesses, education and business. Terms will begin upon appointment and expire dependent on the interim seat to be filled. Terms thereafter will be for 3 years.

The Public Art Committee assists in promoting the concept of community awareness of and involvement in providing public art in Helena.

Railroad Urban Renewal District / Tax Increment Financing Advisory Board

  • One citizen to serve as an owner of property located within the Railroad Urban Renewal Area.

Pursuant to §7-15-4828, MCA, and Resolution 20374 that established the urban renewal plan for the Railroad Urban Renewal Area, the City of Helena is empowered to conduct redevelopment activities in urban renewal areas, which activities may be paid for by tax increment financing.  The Railroad Urban Renewal Area Tax Increment Financing Advisory Board has no assigned powers and shall only advise the Helena City Commission on the following related to the Railroad Urban Renewal Area:

  • annual work-plans, reports, evaluations, and budgets;
  • allocation of TIF funds for redevelopment projects; and
  • amendments to the Railroad Urban Renewal Plan.
  • Any other matters shall be assigned by the Helena City Commission by expressly amending this resolution.

Tourism Business Improvement District Board of Trustees (TBID)

  • One citizen to serve as an owner or manager of property within the District or their assignees. The term will begin upon appointment and expire on April 20, 2025.

Resolution No. 19644, adopted April 20, 2009, created a Tourism Business Improvement District in the City of Helena. Per the resolution, the Board of Trustees is appointed by the City Commission and comprised of five to seven owners or managers of property within the District or their assignees.

    City Zoning Commission

    • One city resident to serve on the City Zoning Commission as a full member.  Term will begin upon appointment and expire on September 30, 2023.
    • One city resident to serve on the City Zoning Commission as an alternate member.  The alternate appointment will attend only when a quorum is needed. The interim term will begin on April 1, 2022 and expire on September 30, 2022.  Terms thereafter will be for 3 years.

    The City Zoning Commission was re-established by the Helena City Commission on June 4, 2001. The Zoning Commission shall have five members and one alternate, all of whom must be residents of the City of Helena.


    Board & Committee Details

    Ada Compliance Committee

    The ADA Compliance Committee will act as an advisory committee to assist in determination of reasonable accommodations. The Committee may review requests for reconsideration of complaints forwarded by the ADA Coordinator, may make determinations as to the validity of complaints, and my provide descriptions of the resolution of those grievances that have been appealed. The Committee may recommend priorities for making structural changes to public facilities, offer suggestions on how to achieve program accessibility, and review and make recommendations on employment practices and accommodations for compliance.

    Citizen Conservation Board

    This advisory board was originally proposed in 2009 as part of the 2009 Climate Change Task Force Action Report.

    On August 7, 2017, the advisory board was established to "support, recommend, report on, and monitor sustainability measures undertaken by the City of Helena," as described in Resolution 20347.

    The Citizen Conservation Advisory Board meets the second Thursday of each month, starting at 4:30 p.m. in Room 326, City/County Building, 316 North Park Avenue, Helena, MT 59623. *Note: Meeting times and locations may have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please consult the City Calendar for up-to-date meeting schedules. 

    Agenda

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    Regular Board Meeting - January 13, 2022
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    Regular Board Meeting - December 9, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - October 14, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - September 9, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - July 8, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - June 10, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - May 13, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - April 8, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - March 11, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - Feb. 11, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - Jan. 14, 2021
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    Retreat - Dec. 12, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - Dec. 10, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - Nov. 12, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - Oct. 8, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - Sept. 10, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - August 13, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - March 12, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - February 13, 2020
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    Board Work Session - January 25, 2020
    Ten Mile Water Treatment Plant, 1115 Rimini Rd

    Ten Mile Water Treatment Plant Tour - Saturday, January 25, 2020
    1115 Rimini Rd

    Regular Board Meeting - January 9, 2020
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    Board Work Session - Saturday, December 14, 2019
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    City of Helena Transfer Station Tour - Friday December 13, 2019

    Regular Board Meeting - December 12, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - November 14, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting-  October 10, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - September 12, 2019
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    Rescheduled Regular Board Meeting - August 14, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - July 11, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - June 13, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - May 9, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - April 11, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - March 14, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - February 14, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - January 10, 2019
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    Sub-Committee Meetings - January 10, 2019
    Energy Sub-Committee Agenda, Energy Sub-Committee Minutes
    Water & Transportation Sub-Committee Agenda, Water & Transportation Sub-Committee Minutes
    Waste, Recycling & Partnerships Sub-Committee Agenda, Waste, Recycling, Partnerships Sink Sub-Committee Minutes

    Regular Board Meeting - December 13, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - November 8, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - October 11, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - September 13, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - August 9, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - July 12, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - June 14, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - May 10, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - April 12, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - March 8, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - January 29, 2018
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    Minutes

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    Regular Board Meeting - November 18, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - August 12, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - July 8, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - June 10, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - May 13, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - April 8, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - March 11, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - Feb. 11, 2021
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    Regular Board Meeting - Jan. 14, 2021
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    Retreat - Dec. 12, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - Dec. 10, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - Nov. 12, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - Oct. 8, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - Sept. 10, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - August 13, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - March 12, 2020
    Minutes (This meeting was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions)

    Regular Board Meeting - February 13, 2020
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    Regular Board Meeting - January 9, 2020
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    Board Work Session - Saturday, December 14, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - December 12, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - November 14, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting October 10, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - September 12, 2019
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    Rescheduled Regular Board Meeting - August 14, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - July 11, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - June 13, 2019
    Minutes as corrected

    Regular Board Meeting - May 9, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - April 11, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - March 14, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - February 14, 2019
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    Regular Board Meeting - January 10, 2019
    Minutes as Corrected

    Regular Board Meeting - December 13, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - November 8, 2018
    Minutes as Corrected

    Sub-Committee Meetings - November 8, 2018
    Energy Sub-Committee Minutes,

    Regular Board Meeting - October 11, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - September 13, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - August 9, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - July 12, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - June 14, 2018
    Notes Taken by P. Judge (with images)

    Regular Board Meeting - May 10, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - April 12, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - March 8, 2018
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    Regular Board Meeting - January 29, 2018
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    Resources

    Resources

    Water Wise Helena Brochure

    Statement of Purpose (Adopted October 11, 2018; Amended February 11, 2021)

    Bylaws (Amended December 2020)

    Climate Change Matrix Status Update - Some sections updated as of February, 2018

    Climate Change Action Matrix - Created in March, 2013 to visually depict actions taken on the 2009 plan to date

    LED Light Conversion Letter of Recommendation to Commission - Sent to Commission December 2018

    Conservation and Sustainability Coordinator Recommendation - Sent to Commission January 2019

    Joint Conservation & Sustainability Coordinator Position Recommendation - Sent to County Commission and City Commission April 2019

    Plastics Recycling Recommendation to City - Sent to Commission April 2019

    Missoula Growth Policy Fact Sheet Pg5 - Language recommended to add to City of Helena's updated growth policy

    Building Codes Bureau Listening Sessions - Gathering stakeholder input (Helena Aug 26 1pm)

    50th Anniversary of Earth Day Proclamation  - Proclamation from Mayor of Helena on April 20, 2020

    Passenger Rail Letter of Recommendation to the County - Sent to County Commission October 2020

    City of Helena Sustainability Report 2020

    Waste Reduction Recommendation to City - Sent to City Commission January 2021

    Letter to the City Manager - Sent on April 10, 2021

    Letter to the City Commission - Sent on June 15, 2021

    City-County Consolidated Parks Board

    A 1999 interlocal agreement between Helena and Lewis and Clark County established the City-County Consolidated Parks Board as recommended in the city and county parks, recreation and open spaces plan.  The board serves in an advisory capacity to the city and county commissions in parks, recreation and open lands matters.

    The seven board members may serve two three-year terms as set out in the bylaws adopted in 2001.  Three members are appointed by the city, three by the county and jointly-appointed member representing the school district.  The board’s regular meeting is the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 AM in the City-County Building, Room 426.* Meetings are open to the public. 

    *Note: Meeting times and locations may have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please consult the City Calendar for up-to-date meeting schedules. 

    Agendas

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    City-County Consolidated Planning Committee

    An inter-local agreement between the City of Helena and Lewis and Clark County, dated June 4, 2001, re-established the City-County Consolidated Planning Board. The nine-member board shall consist of the following: two official members to reside outside the City limits, but within Lewis & Clark County and two official members who reside within the jurisdictional area of the Board to be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, four official members to reside within the City limits to be appointed by the City Commission and the ninth member shall be a joint appointment. Terms are three-years.

    The Board shall perform planning functions for the City and County and shall be the sole Planning Board to serve either or both governmental entities. Duties of this Board will be to ensure the promotion of public health, safety, morals, convenience, order and the general welfare, and for the sake of efficiency and economy in the process of community development, the Board shall prepare a growth policy and serve in an advisory capacity to the local governing bodies establishing said Board.

    City Zoning Commission

    The City Zoning Commission was re-established by the Helena City Commission on June 4, 2001. The Zoning Commission shall have five members and one alternate, all of whom must be residents of the City of Helena.

    Helena Open Lands Management Advisory Committee

    The Helena Open Lands Management Advisory Committee (HOLMAC) performs various functions for the city related to the management of Helena’s open lands.  Open lands have been acquired through purchase with open space bond funds and donations and is maintained by a voter-passed maintenance district. HOLMAC Meetings are held the Second Tuesday of every month from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. All meetings will be held via Zoom.  

    *Note: Meeting times and locations may have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please consult the City Calendar for up-to-date meeting schedules. 

    Agendas

    Minutes

    Resources

    Helena Public Art Committee

    The City of Helena Public Art Committee was created by resolution of the Helena City Commission on November 16, 1998 to serve as an advisory committee to the City Commission. Mission Statement: The Helena City Commission established the Helena Public Art Committee (HPAC) to promote community awareness of and involvement in providing public art in Helena. HPAC's mission is to commission, maintain, and acquire high quality professional public art.
    Click here to take a tour of Helena's public art. 

    Golf Advisory Board

    The seven-member board is appointed to staggered three-year terms. The board’s objectives are to promote cost effective and efficient management of the golf course, provide a single and accessible forum for input from all golf course users, evaluate user input and provide meaningful input to the city regarding golf course operations. There are also four non-voting members including the Golf Pro, Course Superintendent, Parks and Recreation Department Director and Helena Citizens Council Representative.

    The board normally meets the second Tuesday of the month in room 326 of the City-County Building from noon to 1 PM.* Meetings are open to the public. 

    *Note: Meeting times and locations may have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please consult the City Calendar for up-to-date meeting schedules. 

    Non-Motorized Travel Advisory Council

    Resolution 19549, adopted on February 11, 2008 established a Non-Motorized Travel Advisory Council for the City of Helena. The Council may have up to seven voting members; that represent the biking and walking community, traffic calming experts. The general purpose of the council is to advise the City Commission on non-motorized issues.

    Tourism Business Improvement District Board of Trustees (TBID)

    Resolution No. 19644, adopted April 20, 2009, created a Tourism Business Improvement District in the City of Helena for the purpose of promoting tourism and marketing the City of Helena for conventions, trade shows, major sporting events, and the travel industry. Per the resolution, the Board of Trustees is appointed by the City Commission and comprised of five to seven owners or managers of property within the District or their assignees.

    Other Boards & Committees

    City-County Library Board

    Downtown Business Improvement District (BID)

    Helena/Lewis and Clark County Heritage Preservation and Tourism Council

    Regional Airport Authority

    The Railroad Urban Renewal Area Tax Increment Financing Advisory Board

    Transportation Coordinating Committee

    Audit Committee

    Building Board of Appeals

    City-County Board of Health

    City-County Planning Board (Jefferson County)

    Civic Center Steering Committee

    Helena Citizens Council

    Helena Housing Authority

    Information Technology Committee

    Police Commission

    Pre-Release Screening Committee

    Ten Mile Forest Restoration Collaborative Committee