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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

  • 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.

Growth Policy Open House

12 March 2024

The City of Lewistown invites the community to participate in the Growth Policy Open House on March 12th at Central Feed Grilling Company, 2nd floor, from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

This Open House will display what we’ve heard from the community so far, data highlights from the existing conditions report, the draft Future Land Use Map (FLUM)/policies. This drop-in, informal event will allow residents to talk directly to City staff and Consultants and provide further input into the project. This input will help guide the third phase of the project, the Draft Growth Policy document, as we develop the recommendations and implementation strategies.

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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