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City of Lewistown Growth Policy Update

City of Lewistown

What is a Growth Policy?
A Growth Policy is a document that guides how a city makes decisions. It first addresses the existing conditions of many different topics such as land use, transportation, and housing. Then using public engagement and staff insights the Growth Policy creates goals and strategies to implement a shared vision for the City. This document will ultimately help identify how Lewistown can be improved while preserving what makes it special.

It has been 17 years since Lewistown last updated its Growth Policy. Updating the plan based on the new needs of Lewistown is essential in improving the community.

The key to a successful Growth Policy is thoughtful community feedback. Because of this, we will be holding various engagement opportunities both on-line and in-person. All residents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in shaping the future of Lewistown.

Key Dates
  • Chokecherry Festival - 9/9/23

  • Open House – 3/12/24

  • Open House #2 - June 13th 6-8pm 

  • Phase I: Review of Existing Growth Policy (Jul-Aug 2023) Existing conditions, vision and purpose statements, goals, objectives and policies, and the implementation strategy will all be reviewed in this phase. This will help identify what is still relevant and what has changed since the 2006 Growth Policy.

  • Phase II: Current Characteristics, Projected Trends, Mapping (Sept-Dec 2023) This provides the foundation for technical analysis of Lewistown. Examining demographic, economic, and geographic data will begin to shape the opportunities and constraints within the City.

  • Phase III: Draft Growth Policy (Jan-Jun 2024) Informed by the prior phases, a draft document will be written and include community feedback, recommendations, and implementation strategies. 

  • Phase IV: Review and Adoption (Jun-Sept 2024) In this final phase the draft will be revised in partnership with stakeholders and public officials. The end result would be a fully adopted and legally binding Growth Policy that will guide development for years to come.

Planning Commission

The City of Lewistown Planning Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 1 pm at the Council on Aging, located at 307 W. Watson Street. At these meeting the draft Growth Policy/Land Use Plan is discussed and  public comment is always welcomed. The City Planner and or City Manager are also available until 3 pm on these days for other public comments and questions regarding the 2024 Lewistown Plan.

Growth Policy Open Houses


June 13th 2024

The 2nd Growth Policy Open House 

The City of Lewistown will be holding their 2nd Open House on June 13th from 6 to 8 pm in the Loft at Central Feed. Participants can expect to here more about the 2024 Lewistown Plan. Public participation is encourage and we hope to see lots of folks at the Open House. But if you cannot attend that evening, check this site after the event to see what information was presented and you will still have an opportunity to comment on the plan.


March 2024

Growth Policy Open House #1

Thanks to everyone who attended the City of Lewistown’s Growth Policy Open House! We had over 100 residents stop by to eat, drink, and engage with City staff/consultants about the project. We received 74 total written comments and numerous informal conversations that will help shape the next phase. Click here to view Open House Boards and Open House Photos from the event. If you were not able to attend the event, you can still provide feedback in the Comments tab above.

Community Survey Results

November 2023
Thank you for participating in our community survey!  We received over 350 total responses from community members over the last 2 months. Click here to view images that summarize the surveys' findings and key takeaways that will guide the following phases of the Growth Policy.

Survey Closed

October 2023
Our community surveys have officially closed. Over the past two months, we received 352 respondents! Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to sharing the results with you soon.

Engagement at the Chokecherry Festival

September 2023
On Saturday, September 9th, we participated in the annual Chokecherry Festival! It was a beautiful day for conversation and engagement. Citizens provided feedback on various growth policy topics and entered our free raffle. This feedback will help inform further discussion and community engagement events to come. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to learn more about the project and provided valuable input.  Click here to view photos >>


August 2023
We’ve officially released our community surveys for the Lewistown Growth Policy Update. One survey is designed for ages 18 and under and the other is for ages 19 and up. Please scan the QR code based on your corresponding age group and answer the questions honestly and to the best of your ability. This feedback will directly inform the goals and priorities for the City of Lewistown for years to come. The survey is also completely anonymous and takes under 5 minutes to complete!

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Amy Vaughan
2 months ago
Your growth policy boards are not easily accessible on the website. Maybe post them under the NEWS tab. The Provide Feedback Online tab isn't actually a place to provide feedback. It would also be helpful to be able to create a PDF summary of the data for download. As an org looking to find ways to be relevant to the community, this data helps use to make strategic decisions. Being able to easily access is important. Thanks!
2 months ago
Love the website. Keep the the good work. Love the opportunity to comment.