Applied Communications
Planning Services
Applied Communications, LLC offers extensive experience in land use planning for small to medium sized towns and rural counties. The firm works closely with staff, citizens and public officials to identify community needs and develop effective strategies.  Applied Communications offers the following services.
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Growth Policy
  • Surveys, Data Collection
  • Development Regulations (Subdivision, Zoning, User Guides …)
  • Development Review Support
  • Park and Recreation Master Planning
  • Expert Witness Testimony & Research
  • Socio-Economic Analysis & Projections 
Following are descriptions of planning projects that Applied Communications has undertaken. 

City of Missoula, MT – Growth Policy (2014 -2015)

Workedwith the City of Missoula to update their growth policy.   Responsible for organizing and facilitatinglistening sessions, focus group meetings and steering committee meetings.   Compiled community input into draft goalsand objectives and action plan.

Opportunity Link – Regional SustainabilityPlan (2012-2015)

OpportunityLink is a non-profit organization based in Havre that serves an 11 countyregion in north central Montana.   In2012, the organization received a HUD regional sustainability grant to create aregional plan.  Ms. McMahon was on theproject team and was responsible for conducting a review of 23 growth policiesin the region, assisting with the design and facilitation of sustainabilitycharettes, conducting training webinars and compiling the draft of the regionalplan.   The plan was completed in submittedto HUD in 2014.  AppCom has sincecompleted action items including growth policy technical assistance, downtownexpo, grant writing and housing needs assessment. 

Whitefish Park & Recreation MasterPlan (2013)

Completedthe city’s first Park and Recreation Master Plan.   Included a needs assessment, trendsanalysis, organizational analysis, community survey and recommendations.  

Whitefish Legacy Partners – PermanentRecreation Easement (2011-2012)

Worked with WhitefishLegacy Partners to compile a Conservation and Recreation Plan for the SpencerLake, Beaver Lakes, and Swift Creek state trust lands.  Whitefish LegacyPartners is working closely with the City of Whitefish and the MT Department ofNatural Resources to develop the plan. 

Choteau, MT - Zoning Updates (2012)
AppCom has worked with the Planning Board to develop a review draft of the new zoning regulations.   The workshop to obtain public input is scheduled for March 5, 2012. 

Great Falls West Bank Park Master Plan (2010)
AppCom is on a member of the project team with CTA Architects to develop a master plan for the West Bank Park in Great Falls.  AppCom has conducted an on-line survey to obtain public input for the process and completed research on funding resources .

Hamilton, MT -  Growth Policy (2009)
AppCom has completed a Growth Policy for the City of Hamilton.  The Growth Policy includes an expanded Park and Recreation Element and a Planning Area Element.  The process relied on focus groups, on-line surveys and visioning workshops to produce a community driven planning document.  The Growth Policy was adopted in 2009 and the city successfully applied for a CDBG grant to implement recommendations for a master plan for Riverside Park.

Flathead County Parks and Recreation Master Plan (2009)
AppCom teamed with Bruce Boody Landscape Architects to develop the Flathead County Parks and Recreation Master Plan.   The plan used a level-of-service analysis to identify current and future park and recreation needs.  Funding and organizational strategies are based on a benefits based management approach.     

Anaconda - Deer Lodge County (2008-2011)
Anaconda -Deer Lodge has contracted with AppCom to provide development review support, update the Growth Policy, rewrite the Development Permit System regulations and assist with redevelopment planning for superfund sites.   AppCom also provides training for staff and Planning Board members and assists with grant administration.  The new Growth Policy was adopted in March of 2011. 

Georgetown Lake (2008-2010)
Appcom is working with the Georgetown Lake Homeowners Association on an interim zoning ordinance for the Georgetown Lake District.  After an initial town meeting and survey to identify issues in the area, the County Commission reviewed the technical paper and has authorized the homeowners to work with AppCom to amend the Growth Policy and draft regulations.  The new zoning district was adopted in March 2011. 

Kalispell, MT - Revitalization Plan Update (2008)
AppCom worked with the City of Kalispell to complete a Revitalization Plan for the core area of the city adjacent to the BNSF Railroad line.  A key component of the plan is to relocate the industrial uses so the rail line can be converted to a linear park.  This amenity would be the catalyst for commercial and mixed used redevelopment along the old railway corridor.  In 2009, the City has received an EPA $400,000 Brownfield Assessment grant and in 2010 was one of 23 cities to receive a pilot EPA pilot Brownfield Area-Wide planning grant.