The communities surrounding Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB), located in northern-central Montana, are a diverse mix of urban and rural residential and commercial uses. The Base no longer hosts an active runway; rather it is tasked with the maintenance of 150 missile silos and 15 launch control facilities located throughout a seven-county region of central Montana.  As new and infill development moves closer to the Base and / or Missile Alert Facilities (MAFs) and Launch Facilities (LFs), a coordinated effort is needed to ensure that the growth throughout the region allows the installation to maintain its strategic role in the nation’s defense, as well as continue to be a vital member of the local community and a major contributor to the regional economy. 

As part of the Malmstrom AFB Joint Land Use Study, Matrix developed proposed amendments to the comprehensive plans and land use strategies of the City of Great Falls and the surrounding counties of Cascade, Chouteau, Fergus, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Teton, and Wheatland.  Through the public involvement process, Matrix was able to develop guidelines that the City and counties can use to accommodate new growth and promote compatible economic development and transportation solutions.  Matrix facilitated the development of universally acceptable planning strategies that will posture the Base to accept a variety of potential missions in the future, including reactivating flight operations, to augment its reduced role in maintaining launch facilities.

Services Included:

  • Joint Land Use Study Implementation
  • Public Involvement
  • Compatibility Planning