Planning Division

Duties

The Planning Division prepares and implements the comprehensive plan, which guides land use, zoning, municipal utilities, transportation, and community facility improvements or anticipated changes, as well as interpreting and enforcing the zoning, subdivision and sign codes, environmental planning, and GIS.

Staff members prepare reports and make recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council for decisions regarding land development within the City. They also prepare special reports and studies for economic growth, redevelopment, and long-range plans.

Planning Documents

Administrative SubdivisionFor dividing a parcel into two
Conditional Use Permit (CUP)Nonconforming land use for the current zoning
Interim Use Permit (IUP)
Grading PermitAltering between 500 to 1,000 cubic yards of earth
Mining - MinorAltering between 1,000 to 5,000 cubic yards of earth
Mining - MajorAltering more than 5,000 cubic yards of earth
Outdoor EntertainmentRequired for private gatherings of 250 people or
more or for commercial gatherings of 500 people or more
Planned Unit Development (PUD)
Rezoning Map Amendment or Zoning Text Amendment
Sign Permit - Permanent
Sign Permit - Temporary
Subdivision
Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
VarianceFor "Practical Difficulties" meaning the property in question
cannot be put to a reasonable use under the current
zoning regulations and the plight of the landowner is
due to circumstances unique to the property not
created by the landowner, and the variance, if granted, will not alter the essential character of the locality

Wetland Forms

Joint Application Form for Activities Affecting Water Resources in Minnesota (wetlands)