What is the current status of the Growth Policy Update?
Negotiations are now complete, and on October 1, 2019, the City Commission authorized the City Manager to sign a Professional Services Agreement with Burton Planning Services for the 2019 Growth Policy Update.
When will work begin on the Growth Policy?
Burton has provided their anticipated project timeline which is process is divided into 5 major tasks and will take place over a 12-month time period.
Will citizens be allowed to participate in this process?
Yes, this is a Public process that will be conducted by Burton's Planning Services.
Burton's plan to engage our community consists of mailers with utility bills, a webpage with comment function, social media posts, newspaper articles, public meeting announcements, digital survey tools, and representation at community events. We look forward to your participation!
We will continue to provide project updates, as they become available. If you want to sign up for email updates on this project as well as other City projects email your name, address, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking here.
How much will the Growth Policy Update cost?
It was estimated to cost approximately $80,000. Burton Planning Services came in under the proposed budget at $74,795.00.
What is a Growth Policy?
A Growth Policy is an official public document that is intended to guide future social, physical, environmental and economic growth and development of a jurisdiction.
What is the purpose of the Growth Policy?
• It will serve as an integral land use planning guidance tool as the community, including the 2-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction, grows and develops.
• It will reflect the desires and needs of the community as well as the existing and future capacity of the city’s infrastructure, economy, and natural environment.
• It will name the best locations for growth and assist the City with ensuring that development and investment occurs appropriately.
Is a Growth Policy required?
Yes, a Growth Policy is required by the State of Montana as outlined in the Montana Code Annotated.
How can I be involved in this process?
Participate in the upcoming survey and public meetings. Get information on these opportunities and more via: social media, utility flyers, and the City Website (coming soon)