Community Development and Planning
Community Development and Planning Contact Information
Community Development and Planning Department
Room 230, City/County Building
316 N. Park Ave., Helena, MT 59623
Department Phone: (406) 447-8374
Department Email: Email
Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Part 2 Zoning in the Helena Valley Planning Area
June 18, 2020 Planning Board Agenda (PDF) PLEASE NOTE: This (June 18,2020) meeting was canceled due to a lack of quorum of Planning Board Members. The next meeting is a work session scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Helena Civic Center.
Audio of June 16, 2020 Planning Board Meeting - Links to YouTube
Addendum to the Planning Board Meeting Materials for June 16, 2020 (PDF) - This is additional material that was provided to the Planning Board Members at the meeting by Staff.
Second Addendum to the Planning Board Meeting Materials from June 16, 2020 meeting (PDF) - This is written public comment provided to the Planning Board during public comment at their June 16, 2020 meeting. Also included are Staff summaries of verbal public comment taken at the meeting and Staff responses.
Third Addendum for the Planning Board Regarding Zoning Regulations and Map for the Helena Valley Planning Area (PDF) - This is written public comment that has been received since the June 16, 2020 meeting and up until noon June 25, 2020. This information will be provided to the Planning Board members at their work session on June 25, 2020.
The Consolidated City and County Planning Board met to review these DRAFT regulations on June 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Helena Civic Center Auditorium located at 340 Neill Avenue Helena, Montana. In addition to holding an in-person meeting, the Planning Board also allowed individuals to provide verbal comments electronically via Zoom as described in the agenda. The County encourages the public to provide comments on the DRAFT Zoning Regulations and Map in advance of the meeting. Comments may be sent to the Planning Division Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or County Planning Division, Room 230, 316 N. Park Ave., Helena, MT 59623.
At the Consolidated City and County Planning Board Meeting on June 16, 2020, the Part-2 Zoning Project for the Helena Valley Planning Area was continued to June 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Helena Civic Center Auditorium located at the 340 Neill Avenue Helena, Montana. However, this meeting was canceled due to a lack of a quorum of Planning Board members.
The Planning Board will hold a Work Session on June 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.in the Helena Civic Center Auditorium located at the 340 Neill Avenue Helena, Montana to discuss the proposed Part-2 Draft Zoning Regulations for the Helena Valley Planning Area. No decisions or formal actions will occur at the Work Session.
A comment form is available here: Comment Form (PDF)
Citizens were very involved in the 2015 Helena Valley Area Growth Policy, which focused on addressing Five Key Issues:Water, Wastewater, Roads, Fire Protection and Flooding. The Growth Policy created the vision for a new approach to growth management in the Valley; and the proposed zoning is the tool needed to address the growth constraints and respond to them appropriately.
While there are currently 35 Citizen-Initiated Part 1 zoning districts in Lewis and Clark County, Part 2 County-Initiated zoning would affect the majority of the Helena Valley. Proposed are three different types of zone districts intended to support a rural lifestyle, along with both urban and suburban districts for additional lifestyle options.
County Planners will present recommendations to the Planning Board on June 16, 2020, with follow-up meetings to the Board of County Commissioners for approval and implementation in summer 2020.
More information can be found at www.lccountymt.gov/cdp.html or by calling 406-447-8374 or emailing planning(at)lccountymt.gov.
Special Zone District No. 51
On Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., a neighborhood meeting will be held in the Civic Center Auditorium to discuss the DRAFT Neighborhood Plan/Development Pattern and Regulations for Special Zone District No. 51.
To learn more about the next steps in the zoning process, please feel free to contact the Community Development and Planning Department at (406) 447-8374 or via email.
Fort Harrison Urban Growth Area and Rural Growth Area Zone District
The Helena Valley Planning Area includes a multitude of Special Zoning Districts (Citizen Initiated Zoning) as well as County initiated zoning in the area around Fort Harrison. You can view a location map of these zoning districts below and can download this map here. In addition, copies of the Fort Harrison Rural Growth Area Zone District can be downloaded here and copies of the Fort Harrison Urban Growth Area Zone District can be downloaded here.