The Growth Policy Update Process
On December 20, 2011, the Great Falls City Commission passed Resolution 9951 directing the Planning Advisory Board to begin the process of updating the City’s Growth Policy.
What it is
The Growth Policy is an official public document that is intended to guide future social, physical, environmental and economic growth and development of the City. The current Growth Policy can be viewed here.
The current Growth Policy has not been fully updated since 1999, receiving only minor updates in 2003 and 2005. Planning staff is currently working to fully update the document.
Montana Code Annotated (MCA) identifies several elements that must be addressed in the Growth Policy. Some of the required elements include provisions to guide land-use, transportation, economic development, housing needs and population projections. Staff will take a holistic and innovative approach to address and evaluate the relationship and integration of these State mandated elements.
Importance of public participation
The Growth Policy update process is an opportunity for the City and members of the public to work together to develop a road map or vision for the community's future. The update will include a robust public participation process - citizens, community organizations, neighborhood councils, business leaders and other interested stakeholders will be encouraged to participate throughout the process to help shape the future of Great Falls. It is anticipated that the update process will also involve members of the City Commission, Planning Advisory Board and other elected and appointed bodies and City staff.
How it will be used
The adopted Growth Policy will be used by the City of Great Falls to guide policies and decisions regarding future growth and development. It is intended to set a course of direction for the City, assist in prioritizing funding decisions and help set a course of action to help the City thrive.
Please continue to check this website for information and updates about the Growth Policy update.
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