Lewis and Clark County seeks public comment on growth policy update

Lewis and Clark County sign along Colonial Drive in Helena at the border with Jefferson County.

Phil Drake, Independent Record

Lewis and Clark County officials are asking residents to comment on the 2024 Growth Policy Update, which they said aims to reflect the diverse needs of the area.

The policy serves as a guide for future decisions related to land use, ensuring public health, safety, convenience, and welfare. Lewis and Clark County is working with planning and design firm SE Group to update the policy that was last comprehensively revised in 2004.

Lewis and Clark County will host a series of meetings throughout the county April 23-30.

Officials said Lewis and Clark County has experienced significant growth, with a population increase of 15,000 people and a rise in home values by 135% in the past 20 years. The U.S. Census Bureau said the county’s population as of July, 1, 2023, was 75,011 within its 3,458 square miles.

The county is divided into six planning areas.

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