Growth Policy


Butte-Silver Bow is beginning the process to update the City-County Growth Policy.  A lot has changed throughout the region and the state since the last policy was adopted in 2008 – the local and state-wide economy looks different, attitudes on housing and transportation continue to evolve, and Butte-Silver Bow is poised to re-envision its future as a leader in these conversations.  Given its central location, storied history, proximity to major growth centers and the outdoor recreation and conservation opportunities that abound, Butte-Silver Bow is flush with opportunity.  The growth policy update will seek to harness that opportunity by re-envisioning Butte-Silver Bow’s future with you – its residents – at the helm!

How To Get Involved

The growth policy update process is an opportunity for residents of Butte-Silver Bow to have a stake and a say in the future of your community.  In the coming weeks and months we will be hosting a series of public meetings and events in Butte and throughout the county.  These meetings will be aimed at gathering public input on the existing growth policy, its vision for the City-County and the policies in place to move that vision forward.  A community survey will be launched after the first of the year to gain additional insight into the future of Butte-Silver Bow, and in late January/early February there will be an opportunity for residents to participate in visioning sessions to provide direction and determine the future growth and development aspirations of the City-County moving forward.  Check this website and the City-County Facebook page  for more information on upcoming opportunities to participate in the process – we will be updating both regularly.  For more information about the update process, please contact:

BSB Planning Department
Lori Casey

Survey Now Available for Input  Into Growth Policy Plan

We want to hear from you!  The Community Survey is an opportunity to share your opinion on issues and opportunities that will drive countywide goals, priorities and an vision for Butte-Silver Bow's future. The following link will lead you to an online survey conducted through Survey Monkey.  All responses are anonymous and your privacy is guaranteed.  We value confidentiality and want all responders to have confidence that they can be candid.

The survey will remain open for your use until February 22nd, 2019.   After that date all survey results will be collected and analyzed by our consultant team.  A summary of the information and feedback received through the Community Survey will be provided to the City-County Planning Board and County Staff and made available online at the project website, incorporated as an appendix in the Growth Policy update and will serve as a guidepost for the development of the plan and implementation strategies therein.    

If you would prefer to answer the survey by using a hard copy rather than doing it online, you may obtain a copy of the survey at the following locations:

  • Butte Silver Bow Courthouse
  • Butte Silver Bow Library (226 West Broadway and Butte Plaza Mall)
  • Butte Silver Bow Health Department
  • Sportsman Motel, Melrose, MT

Hard copies of the survey can be returned to these locations upon completion. 

Contact OPD Project Manager Allison Mouch if you have any questions about the survey.  She can be reached at  There will be additional opportunities to provide input during the week of February 11th  - please watch this website for more information about upcoming public meetings and events to be held that week.   

Thank you in advance for your time in completing the survey; your input is important to this process and the future of your community!