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2019 MAP Conference at Chico Hot Springs


Montana Association of Planners

2019 Annual Conference

Planning for Paradise


September 24, 25, and 26

Pray, Montana

Chico Hot Springs Resort




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2018 MAP Conference Scheduled

The 2018 MAP conference will be held in Whitefish, September 12 - 14. 

Registration is now open.

MAP Member Early Bird Discount - $195

Full Registration - $255


Single Day Registration - $100

Student Full Registration - $100

Interested sponsors can learn more here:


Conference website can be found here:


2017 MAP Conference - Miles City | September 26 through 28

We are excited to announce the 2017 MAP conference will be held in Miles City, MT. 

The conference will start on Tuesday, September 26 at 8 am, and run through lunch on Thursday the 28th.  In addition, we plan on holding a full day session free to all conference attendees on disaster and mitigation planning. That will likely be on Monday.

Conference website can be found here :


Sleep Inn Best Western 


Econo Lodge   


Guesthouse Inn 


Pending:  Miles City Inn & Suites 


2016 MAP & Western Planner Conference Info



This conference was held in August 2016.

Information on the 2016 Western Planner & Montana Association of Planners Conference click HERE.

For the Conference Schedule click HERE.

Thanks to All Conference Sponsors


2015 MAP Conference Fairmont Hot Springs, Fairmont, MT Sept. 28-30



2015 MAP Conference

Rediscovering the Treasure State: 

Planning and Revitalization for Future Generations

September 28-30, 2015

Fairmont Hot Springs

Fairmont, Montana

For the Conference Website click on the link: 

Network with MAP members, professional planners, citizen planners, realtors, developers, elected officials and community leaders, and individuals interested in planning of all types at the 2015 MAP conference, Fairmont Hot Springs, September 28-30.  AICP CM credits will be available.

The conference program focuses on 3 primary tracks:

·      Growth Policies

It’s been 16 years since Montana’s growth policy law went into effect.  Explore best practices in growth policy development around Montana and how the growth policy can be effective in positioning a community to better reach its goals.  Sessions include:

o   Urban design tools

o   Form and performance based approaches to planning

o   Planning with web and mobile maps and apps

o   Convergence of transportation and land use planning

o   Unique public outreach and growth policy development strategies

·      Remediation, Restoration and Reuse

Montana’s resources have been of enormous importance to America’s industrialization.  Discover how environmental remediation, particularly institutional controls, incorporate land use planning, recreation, historic preservation, economic development and community revitalization.  Sessions include:

o   Institutional controls panels

o   Downtown preservation

o   Trail development

o   Headwaters mine reclamation

o   Historic preservation and superfund

o   Superfund site tour

·      Collaboration

Partnerships among former fierce opponents have become models in using different perspectives to build trust and find common solutions.  Take home lessons in how to organize, structure and run a successful collaborative process to solve the biggest problems in our towns, cities and counties.  Sessions include:

o   Devil’s Kitchen Management Team

o   Big Hole Watershed floodplain mapping

o   Mine reclamation

o   Flathead National Forest plan

o   Economic development

o   Building active communities

In addition to the track sessions, the conference includes

·      Planning 101 – A one-day seminar on the basics of land use planning.  Certified by the Montana Board of Realtors for six real estate continuing education credits

·      Planning Ethics – A special session with examples from the real world.

·      Keynote Addresses on the conference theme by speakers from Montana Heritage Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency

·      Legislation Update – A summary of planning-related issues at the 2015 Montana Legislature.

·      Law Update – Court decisions and opinions related to planning.

·      MAP Awards  - Send in your nominations

·      Mobile Workshop – Superfund remediation in the area.

·      Bicycle Ride

·      Roundtables  

·      Raffle  - 50/50 and conference-themed baskets.

AND, the Annual Membership Meeting  on Wednesday, September 30


Reserve one of the block of rooms set aside for the conference at Fairmont Hot Springs online or by phone. 

·      Online -  Group ID:  15490 and Password:  37003576.

·      Phone - 800.332.3272 or 406.797.3241.  Ask for the Montana Association of Planners room block.

Registration and Cost

The agenda will be updated and fine-tuned, but online registration is now available at:

Full registration (includes breakfast, lunch, reception, banquet)

·      MAP member Early Bird (through September 4) - $195

·      MAP member standard (after September 4) - $240

·      Non-member - $260

·      Official/Planning Board - $155

Planning 101 only (Monday, 9/28 – includes lunch)

·      Land Use Primer - $99 

Need additional tickets?  Purchase guest tickets while registering for:

·      Lunch (Monday) - $15

·      Lunch (Tuesday – keynote speaker) - $15

·      Lunch (Wednesday) - $15

·      Reception (Monday night) – $15

·      Banquet (Tuesday night – keynote speaker) - $30

2014 MAP Conference - Sept. 15-17 Hamilton, MT


September 15-17 Bitterroot River Inn, Hamilton, Montana

The 2014 MAP Conference is complete.  THANK YOU, to all who attended and especially to the conference sponsors, presenters, and the conference committee for an enjoyable successful conference!

Below are links to some of the presentations given at the conference.  

Planning 101 Subdivision Presentation

Wildland Urban Interface

 Montana Floodplains and their Administration 

GIS in Public Health

Montana Joining Community Forces

The American Community Survey - What is it & How Should it be used

Date Sources and What are the Differences - A Montana Perspective

Wood - Heating and Building Communities

GIS Tools for Integrating Wildlife Maps with Land Use Decisions

Impact Fees

Planning 101

To see the agenda click HERE.


2013 MAP Conference - Helena, September 9-11th


This year's conference was a great success!  Thanks to all the sponsors and conference committee members who made it happen!  The session presentations are listed below: 

Planning 101 (including Zoning & Annexation)


                                  Growth Policies

                                  Census & Economic Information Center (MT population projections)

                                  School Facility Siting

                                  Capital Hill Mall Charrettte


2012 Western Planner Conference

MAP hosted the Western Planner conference this year in Billings in lieu of our annual conference.  Please follow this link to all of the presentations, bios and sponsorship information.  

2011 MAP Conference

The 2011 conference was held in Big Sky September 14-16th.  See the Summary Agenda, and Full Program with session/speaker details.  Presentations can be found below.

Planning 101:  Growth Policies, Zoning, Subdivisions, Planning, Value, Planning Board Duties

Flood Planning  Comprehensive Infrastructure Planning  Rebuilding America

Transportation Planning:  LINX Transportation Cooperative, Rimrock Trailways 

 Legal/Legislative:  2010-2011 Legal Decisions, Takings Primer 

 AICP Exam Prep  Wildlife Subdivision Review Criteria Recommendations 

Urban Service Challenges:  Big Sky, Lockwood

Records Management/Retention:  Records Management, Records Retention - Billings, Records Retention - Bozeman


2010 MAP Conference

The 2010 MAP Conference was held in Missoula at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park on September 22nd through 24th.  It was great!  Thank you to the organizers and for all who attended.

See the summary Program and the list of speakers and generous sponsors.  For the whole program (36 pages of session abstracts and speaker bios) select the Big Lebowski.

******************************** Conference Presentation Materials***********************************

Planning 101 - Planning Boards and Growth Policies   Subdivision Regulation and Review    The Value of Planning  Zoning

Tax Increment Financing - An Introduction

Subdivision Exemption Review

Missoula Urban Fringe Development Area - A GIS Perspective and Presentation

Montana's Water Resources - Exempt Wells  Using a Water Budget Approach

Reconnecting America (John R. Smith)

Livability (What's in a Word)    Missoula County PLACE Project   Why is Nature Important

Downtowns - Billings BID   Bozeman Historic Preservation Program   North Higgins Streetscaping 

Missoula Aging Services

Helena Climate Action Plan


 Wildlife Planning - Planning and Conservation Practices  Planning for People and Wildlife  Natural Heritage Map Viewer  FWP CAPS


2010 Western Planner Conference

The 2010 Western Planner Conference was held in Vancouver, Washington August 10-13 August. Additional information can be obtained from the Western Planner web site.

2009 MAP Conference

The 2009 MAP Conference was held in Red Lodge at the historic Pollard Hotel September 30 through Friday, October 2nd.

Photos (courtesy of Dr. Greer) of the conference can be found here.

Presentations, in PDF format, from the conference are linked below.

Planning 101 - Subdivisions

Health Impact Assessments Presentation

Health Impact Assessments - Billings/Yellowstone County Executive Summary

Roundabouts (caution, big file)

Billings Trails (caution, big file)

Bozeman Trails - Funding

Bozeman Trails - Inter-Community (caution, big file)

Bozeman Trails - Urban vs Rural

Red Lodge Trails (caution, big file)