Helena Valley zoning regulation amendments heading to county commission

A new set of amendments to the Helena Valley zoning regulations is headed to the Lewis and Clark County Commission for consideration.

The City-County Consolidated Planning Board approved staff-recommended amendments to multiple sections of the controversial zoning regulations passed in November 2020.

During that same 2020 commission meeting, the county commission also approved the formation of what it called a “blue ribbon panel” to consider and make recommendations on alternatives to some of the zoning regulations’ thorniest aspects, including a 10-acre lot size minimum. The panel, later referred to as the zoning advisory panel, met twice monthly for more than a year and cost the county thousands of dollars in personnel, meeting space rentals and other expenses.