Community Planning Platform

The Community MT Division at the Montana Department of Commerce is conducting outreach to prepare for the creation of the Community Planning Platform (CPP). This single online location will enable users to find a wide range of data for community and economic development planning. The CPP represents a commitment to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of planning throughout Montana. The outreach process is designed to encourage participation and engagement, since the success of the plan is determined by people working together. 

The initial phase of the plan has begun. The CPP will be launched sometime next year with future enhancements to follow. We intend for this platform to continue to evolve over the years with more tools and data. Community participation is key to the future of the platform.

Complete the Questionnaire

Get Involved with the Platform Creation Process

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Community Meetings
The Community Planning Platform cannot be completed without your expert opinions. As community planners, developers, and policymakers, your input and ideas are important, and the State needs to hear what you have to say. Stay tuned for announcements on community meetings and workshops.
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Stakeholder Interviews
Phone interviews will be conducted with key stakeholders at the state, regional, and local levels. Other outreach opportunities will be released over the coming months. Key stakeholders will be contacted for interviews beginning in March, 2023.

The Community Planning Platform will be a single online location where you can go to find all the current population, economic, land use and other data you need for community and economic development planning. Working across State government, the Montana Department of Commerce is leveraging new technology to draw relevant data from thousands of locations into a single platform that will put all this information at your fingertips. No longer will you have to search countless pages on different agencies’ websites or spend time on the phone trying to track down the information you need to put together community comprehensive plans, chart out different planning and development scenarios, or to put together business development proposals or grant applications. Upon completion, all of this information will be available, here.

Community Questionnaire

Outreach opportunities will be released over the coming months. 

  • We are currently accepting submissions for our community questionnaire. Thank you for your participation. 
  • You may take the questionnaire now.


The Community Planning Platform needs your input. We want to know the types of data, software, and infrastructure you need for all your work in Montana. Currently, the following in-person outreach opportunities have been scheduled, and further opportunities will be posted on this page.

  • February 20-23, 2023: Montana Association of County Officials Conference
  • April 3-6, 2023: 2023 Big Sky GeoCon

Stakeholder Interviews

We will continue to reach out to stakeholders thoughout this project.

  • Key stakeholders will be contacted for interviews beginning in March 2023.

Community Meetings and Workshops

Community meetings and workshop dates, times and locations will be released as they are scheduled.

  • Check back for upcoming meeting information. 


Research/Census and Economic Information Services Bureau
Phone: 406.841.2740

Community MT Division
Phone: 406.841.2770