Model Planning Documents, Educational Materials, Publications and Presentations


Annexation: An Introduction to the Basics

Annexation: An Introduction to the Basics Webinar

Annexation Service Plan Resolution

Annexation Flow Chart

Resolution to Annex

Buildings for Lease or Rent

Resolution Adopting Regulations for the Application & Review of Buildings for Lease or Rent

Buildings for Lease or Rent, Frequently Asked Questions

Application for Buildings for Lease or Rent

Declaration - No Lease or Rent Intended

Certificate of Compliance

Findings of Fact

Senate Bill 324

Capital Improvements Planning

What is a Capital Improvement Plan and How Does it Help Your Community?

Building it Right: A Public Facilities Construction Administration Manual

Capital Improvements Planning Manual

Growth Policy & Planning Boards

What is a Growth Policy and How Does it Help the Community?

A short introductory video provides an brief overview of what a Growth Policy is and how it can help your community.

What Are the Legal Requirements of a Growth Policy?

A short video that briefly explains the legal requirements for communities to consider when creating a Growth Policy

Growth Policy Frequently Asked Questions

Montana's Growth Policy Resource Book, 2020

Planning Boards: An Introduction to the Basics

Planning Board Webinar Presentation

The Montana Planning Board Member's Handbook, 2020

Presentations & Publications


Navigating the Public Process


The Community Development Division (CDD) Planning Bureau has a print and digital library that contains training CD's and publications from the American Planning Association (APA) and other relevant authors in the planning field. The CD's include PowerPoint presentations with audio, transcripts of the presentations, and lists of resource materials. Organizations and individuals wishing to borrow training materials must register with the CDD Planning Bureau by providing their name, organization, mailing address, phone number, and email.

These materials are intended to serve as a training resource for any interested individual or organization in the State of Montana. Please contact Planning Bureau staff through our online contact form.

Tash Wisemiller, Program Manager for Montana Main Street (MMS) – along with Micky Zurcher, Executive Director of the Helena Business Improvement District, and Huston Gibson, a professor at Kansas State University – recently published “Beyond the Façade: Layering Downtown Spillover Investment” in Community Development. To read about how façade improvement grant programs spur spillover of both direct and indirect investment in downtown districts by leveraging built capital and harnessing a sense of place.

Subdivision Regulations

Preliminary Plat Extension Guidance

Montana Model Subdivision Regulations, 2020  (DRAFT)

The most recent draft of the Montana Model Subdivision Regulations are available for review and will be finalized soon. This draft has not yet undergone legal review and DOES NOT REFLECT CHANGES MADE BY THE 2021 LEGISLATURE . If you have any comments, please contact us.

Technical Document Guidelines

Preliminary Engineering Reports, Bridges

Preliminary Engineering Reports

Preliminary Architectural Reports

Tax Increment Finance Manual

Community Needs Assessment


Form-based Codes: An Introduction to the Basics

Form-based Codes Webinar Presentation

Zoning Ordinance for Municipalities for Workforce Housing

Zoning Ordinance for Counties for Workforce Housing

Memorandum of Guidance for Municipal Workforce Housing Zoning

Memorandum of Guidance for County Workforce Housing Zoning