City of Dillon Downtown Master Plan & Community Plan
Lauren Waterton, AICP
City of Dillon Downtown Master Plan and Community Plan
MONTANA MAIN STREET PROGRAM
The Dillon Community Plan updated the City’s growth policy (created in 2009) to address necessary changes and included a plan specifically for downtown Dillon, Montana. The Community Plan focuses on infrastructure, long-term growth priorities, economic development and public services. Through a series of public meetings, a community survey, and regular work sessions with the Planning Board, the Community Plan reflects the vision of the citizens with specific goals, statements, and actions items. Sanderson Stewart worked with the Dillon Main Street group to prepare a plan that would reflect the goals of the City while helping them advance with the Montana Main Street Program. The plan focused on the four elements of the Main Street program: economic restructuring, promotions, organization and design. Additionally, the plan identified goals and actions for preservation and enhancements of the historic downtown. Through walking tours, community surveys and regular meetings with the Main Street group, the Downtown Plan identifies specific action items to achieve the goals set by the community.
ACCEPTED INTO THE MONTANA MAIN STREET PROGRAM IN 2015, THE CITY OF DILLON SOUGHT TO ADVANCE IN THE PROGRAM, WHILE CREATING A SUITABLE DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN
“I want to thank you for all of your help and hard work on the project. We could not have done it without you. From the first meeting through the final document you have brought the expertise and professionalism that we needed. The final product will be something we can all be proud of. I particularly appreciate your facilitation skills and patience answering questions and listening to suggestions. I’ve learned a lot in the process and your impact on our little town will be felt for a long time. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to work with you and Sanderson Stewart in the future.”