Current Projects

The City Community Development Department is actively working on the following projects.  Click on the projects below to learn more about upcoming hearings and how you can get involved.

Redevelopment Agency Request for Proposals (RFP)

Redevelopment Agency Request for Proposals (RFP)

Notice is hereby given that the City of Helena, Montana is seeking proposals from consultants qualified to provide professional services to assist in the creation of a Redevelopment Agency in accordance to provisions of 7-15-4232 MCA.  The City of Helena faces unique economic development opportunities to bring new investment, nourish current investment, and promote economic vitality in various parts of the City.  One of the mechanisms the City has chosen to use is the creation of Urban Renewal Districts in some of the key areas of town.  As part of that process, the City Commission has expressed the desire to consider the formation of a Redevelopment Agency to oversee the two existing URD’s and the soon to be created third URD in the City of Helena. 

Proposals must be delivered no later than 5:00pm on October 15, 2020.  For further information, contact Sharon Haugen at shaugen@helenamt.gov or at (406) 447-8445.

The complete RFP can be found at the link provided below:

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Proposed Timeline:

  • September 24, 2020 - Publication of RFP
  • October 15, 2020 - Last date to Submit Proposal
  • October 19, 2020 - Evaluations Start
  • October 21, 2020 - Notify Consultant(s) of Interviews
  • October 26 & 27, 2020 - Interview of Top Consultant(s)
  • October 29, 2020 - Evaluations End & Notification of Selected Consultant
  • November 2-5, 2020 - Negotiation of Contract
  • November 12, 2020 - Begin Date

 

Cruse Avenue Revisioning

Cruse Avenue Revisioning

The City, in its efforts to increase economic development opportunities in the Downtown District are seeking to transform one of its most underutilized assets. The Cruse Avenue corridor.  In its present form, Cruse Avenue has existed since the Urban Renewal era and was originally envisioned as a bypass from Highway 15 to downtown. This vision was never realized and the remnants are an under utilized and overbuilt downtown right-of-way.

The goal of this significant economic development project is to activate this corridor, remake and revision it seamlessly into the existing downtown district. To provide an amenity to the residents of Helena and Lewis and Clark County as well as an asset to the Downtown District.

As we move through the process, we will house all documents created and information gathered through the public process.  For more information regarding this project, please contact Michael McConnell, Planner II with the City's Community Development Department at mmcconnell@helenamt.gov or call (406) 447-8492.

Conceptual Designs (PDF)

1st Draft Plan for Renewal Vision for Cruse Avenue (PDF)

2nd Draft Plan for Renewal Vision for Cruse Avenue (PDF)

Final Draft Plan for Renewal Vision for Cruse Avenue (PDF)


Public Meetings

The City of Helena's Planning Division hosted public meetings via the Zoom Virtual Meeting platform on the following dates to discuss the Redevelopment of Cruse Avenue.  Recordings of these meetings can be found on our City's YouTube channel.

  • May 26, 2020
  • May 27, 2020
  • May 28, 2020
  • July 22, 2020
  • July 23, 2020

Proposed Capital Hill Urban Renewal District (URD)

Proposed Capital Hill Urban Renewal District (URD)

The City of Helena is in the process of determining the suitability of the Capital Hill area for the creation of an Urban Renewal Area (URA) with Tax Increment Financing (TIF) provisions.  The first step in evaluating the Capital Hill area for its suitability regarding the creation of an URA with TIF provisions is to evaluate the area for the presence of blighted conditions and whether the rehabilitation, redevelopment, or both are necessary in the interest of the public health, safety, morals, or welfare of the residents of the municipality. This evaluation is the purpose of this “Blight Study.”  Below is the draft Statement of Blight for the Capital Hill Area.  The area under consideration is a general rectangular shape beginning one block north of Prospect Avenue, extending one block south of 11th Street, bounded to the west by N. Dakota Street and to the east by I-15, including several hotel parcels around the highway interchange. It also includes the Samuel V. Stewart Homes development managed by the Helena Housing Authority, located on a block bounded by Billings Avenue, Butte Avenue, Montana Avenue, and Roberts Street (see the map below).

City staff welcome any questions or comments regarding the Capital Hill URD process, the draft Statement of Blight, or tax increment financing in general. For additional information, please contact the City Community Development Department at the City of Helena, 316 N. Park Avenue, Room 445, Helena, MT 59623, phone (406) 447-8490, or email citycommunitydevelopment@helenamt.gov

Upcoming Events:

The City will be hosting two Zoom meetings on Thursday, November 5th at 5:00 PM and on Friday, November 6th at 11:30 AM to review the Capital Hill URD process, current draft plan/boundary, and to answer any questions the public may have. The meeting ID will be the same for joining these two meetings and has been provided below.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/2396500143

Meeting ID: 239 650 0143

Dial in at +1(346)248-7799

Or, find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aTPihSBvk.

    Related Documents:

    1. Draft Capital Hill Area Urban Renewal Plan (PDF)
    2. Capital Hill TIF Fact Sheet (PDF)
    3. Draft Capital Hill URD Boundary Legal Description (PDF)
    4. Draft Statement of Blight for the Capital Hill Area (PDF)
    5. Planning Board Recommendation Memo (PDF)

    Click here to view a larger image of the map below.

    Update to Land Use Chart & Associated Definitions

    Update to Land Use Chart & Associated Definitions

    The Community Development Department for the City of Helena is updating and revising the use chart found in Chapter 2-Land Uses of Title 11 of the Helena City Code.  This task will include a comprehensive look at the definitions in Title 11.  Staff is meeting with the Zoning Commission (ZC) in work sessions to go over the proposed changes to the definitions in Title 11, and the land use chart in Chapter 2-Land Uses of Title 11.

    Timeline of Events

    February 11, 2020 - Zoning Commission work session for a comprehensive review of the definitions found in Title 11.

    April 14, 2020 - Zoning Commission examined findings from Title 11 definitions review and preliminary edits to the land use table.

    July 23, 2020 - Stakeholders were asked to review and provide comments on the drafted updates to definitions and land use table.  To view the recorded meeting, visit our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ILYBsCPss.

    August 11, 2020 - Zoning Commission work session to review the proposed changes to the Land Use Chart, and the Definitions.  This is proposed to be the final work session prior to a public hearing. To view the recorded meeting, visit our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3o5TXUoer0.

    August 27, 2020 - City staff released updated drafts for proposed changes to the Land Use Chart and Definitions Chapter.  These proposed changes have been provided below (under Related Documents) for additional comment and questions.

    December 8, 2020 - Zoning Commission Work Session to review the proposed Ordinance regarding changes to the definitions. The full agenda can be found here.  This meeting will take place at 5:30 PM via the Zoom information below.

     

    Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92989300533

    Meeting ID: 929 8930 0533

    Dial in by Phone at: 1(346) 248-7799

    Or, Find your local number:https://zoom.us/u/adDX5lRkzu

     

    Related Documents:

      For more information please contact Hillary Taylor at the City of Helena at (406) 447-8448, or by email at htaylor@helenamt.gov.   If you would like to be kept informed and placed on an emailing list, please send an email to the address above.

      The Center for Mental Health

      The Center for Mental Health

      The City of Helena was awarded a Public and Community Facilities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Montana Department of Commerce in 2017 on behalf of the Center for Mental Health. This project entails the construction of a group home for up to 12 individuals leaving the state mental health hospital (or similar facilities) to help stabilize them and reintegrate them into community life. The facility will provide round-the-clock support from staff and will be located within a block of the Center’s main Helena facility. 

      The property being utilized for this project, 24 E. 16th in downtown Helena (at the intersections of 16th and Jackson), is owned by the Center for Mental Health and once contained two blighted structures, both of which were demolished at the start of construction activities in the spring of 2020 to make way for the new home. Construction activities are on-going and the new group home is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2020. Design for it has been extremely thoughtful in ensuring that the new home will appear wholly residential to better blend in with the surrounding neighborhood.  Questions regarding this project can be directed to the City Community Development Department at citycommunitydevelopment@helenamt.govor by calling (406) 447-8490.