It is the role of the planning board and zoning commission to ensure the promotion of public health, safety, morals, convenience, or order or the general welfare and for the sake of efficiency and economy in the process of community development.


Virtual Meetings: Due to the ongoing public health crisis, the Planning Board will be holding meetings virtually to enable social distancing, and limit possibilities for transmission of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

See below for information on virtually attending the July 22nd Planning Board meeting:

Planning Board Meeting
Wed, Jul 22, 2020 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (MDT)

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Business Meetings: 2nd or 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm as needed.  Any official decisions and public hearings are at these meetings.  In order to meet requirements of state statute, the Board will always meet on either the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of January, April, July, and October.  Special meetings may also be scheduled as needed.

Workshop Sessions: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month as needed while the Board is working on developing new or revised documents.
Meeting Location: City Council Chambers – City Hall (1 South Platt Ave. – 1 Block East of Broadway on 11th Street)

2016 Zoning Regulations

2016 Zoning Map – This Zoning Map is intended to accompany the 2016 Zoning Regulations.

The Planning Board  has been updating the City of Red Lodge Growth Policy throughout 2019 and into 2020. The Planning Board expects this process to be finished sometime in the spring of 2020.


Board Membership

The Red Lodge Planning Board and Zoning Commission (PBZC) is a volunteer board consisting of 7 local citizens:  4 are appointed by the mayor, 2 are appointed by the City Council, and 1 is appointed by the county commissioners.   The Board is supported by and works closely with the Community Development and Planning Department.  The current Board membership is:

Sandy Conlee – Board President
Appointed by: City Council
Board Member since: 2010
Current Term Expires: March 31, 2021

Al Bloomer – Board Vice-President
Appointed by: Mayor
Board Member since: 2014
Current Term Expires: March 31, 2020

Susan Foisy
Appointed by: Mayor
Board Member since: 2017
Current Term Expires: March 31, 2020

Jeff DiBenedetto
Appointed by: Mayor
Board Member since: 2008
Current Term Expires: March 31, 2021

Warene Wall
Appointed by: County Commissioners
Board Member since: 2011
Current Term Expires: March 31, 2021

Polly Richter
Appointed by: City Council
Board Member since: 2012
Current Term Expires: March 31, 2020

Dave Westwood
Appointed by: City Council
Board Member since: 2018
Current Term Expires: January 31, 2021

Board Roles

The Board fulfills three roles for the City of Red Lodge:

  • Planning Board:  As the Planning Board, the PBZC acts as a legislative body.  The Board develops recommended policy that is passed on to the City Council for final approval.  Examples of documents initially developed and reviewed by the Planning Board include the growth policy, subdivision regulations, floodplain regulations, zoning regulations, and the use of city-owned lands ordinances.  In this capacity, Board Members are encouraged to have extensive conversations with citizens and other stakeholders throughout the community.
  • Zoning Commission: As the Zoning Commission, the PBZC acts as a quasi-judicial body.  The Board holds public hearings on a variety of zoning code issues including conditional use permits and design reviews.  The Board interprets and applies the regulations that are in place as they pertain to a specific application.  The Board may approve applications, approve applications with conditions intended to mitigate potential impacts, or decline applications.  The Board endeavers to apply the current regulations fairly and equally to all applicants.  In the case of conditional use permits, applications approved by the Zoning Commission must still continue on to the City Council for final approval.  While acting in this quasi-judicial role, Board Members are restricted from having ex parte communications, or discussions outside of the public meeting, regarding the application.
  • Floodplain Board of Adjustments:  The PBZC membership also acts, as needed, as the Red Lodge Floodplain Board of Adjustments.  If an applicant or other interested party wishes to appeal a decision of the Floodplain Administrator (Community Development Director) or wishes to apply for a variance to the floodplain regulations, they would request a hearing before the Floodplain Board of Adjustments.  In this capacity, the Board again acts in a quasi-judicial manner interpreting the existing regulations and making a ruling based on the facts.  As with the Zoning Commission role, when dealing with quasi-judicial matters, the Board is restricted from ex parte communication.

Planning Board Bylaws: Follow this link to see the bylaws for the Red Lodge Planning Board and Zoning Commission.

Montana Code – Planning BoardsFollow this link to see the Montana State Statutes that provide for and define a planning board.