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Posted on: March 28, 2022

Department Spotlight: Planning Department

Planning Economic Development Department

The Planning and Economic Development team is part of the Community Development Department.

The planning division oversees all land development with the City of Blaine. This includes reviewing and processing development proposals submitted to the City which are considered by the Planning Commission and City Council as well as interpreting and enforcing zoning and subdivision ordinances. This division also implements the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan which guides land use and future development of the City based on guidance from the Blaine City Council and Metropolitan Council. The department also prepares special reports, studies, and long-range redevelopment plans for certain areas of the City.

The economic development division offers assistance to businesses, developers, and real estate brokers in finding available sites and buildings based on their space needs and future plans for the City. In some instances, financial assistance is provided by the Blaine Economic Development Authority. Various home improvement programs for residents are also administered by this division.

Economic development staff also assist in planning and hosting various events throughout the year to market the City of Blaine to prospective businesses and developers such as the Blaine Business Appreciation Day, the Blaine Business Council, and the 3M Open. Economic development staff also manage any real estate transactions executed by the Blaine Economic Development Authority that are part of identified redevelopment areas of the City.

Learn more at BlaineMN.gov/CommunityDevelopment.

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