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Before starting the application process, contact the Planning Department at 763-785-6180 or email the Planning Department to discuss your proposal. A planner will inform you of specific documents required for your application based on the nature of your request.
Before starting the application process, contact the Planning Department at 763-785-6180 to discuss your proposal. A planner will inform you of specific documents required for your application based on the nature of your request.
There is a process available for you if you believe you need to apply for a variance to the existing standards of the zoning ordinance. Please keep in mind that generally staff does not recommend approval of any variance that does not meet the state mandated criteria for issuing variance approvals. The city has a zoning ordinance for a reason and that is to ensure orderly and consistent development within the city. To obtain a variance you will need to prove that you have a hardship on your property that does exist on other properties within the city and that does not allow you to meet specific development standards in the zoning ordinance. Please refer to the Administration section of the Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 27). This section details the criteria you need to meet in order to obtain a variance. View Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 27.
Site Plan approval is an administrative process that builders/developers/property owners need to go through in order to construct a building on their property. Site plan approval generally applies to all commercial and industrial projects, but it also applies to residential townhome development. This process is initiated after all Planning Commission and City Council meetings have been held on the issue, or for permitted uses in each Zoning District, after a meeting with City staff to discuss the project.
The City’s Zoning Ordinance discusses home occupations in Chapter 33.10. If you have questions on home occupations please contact the Planning Department at 763-785-6180 or the Planning Department. The Administration Assistant can direct you to the appropriate Planning personnel to determine if you home occupation is allowed. Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 33.10
The Planning Commission meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7PM unless dictated by State and Federal holidays that may occur on that same day. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of every month at 7:30PM. The City Council generally holds workshop meetings before the regularly scheduled meetings. The meetings are held in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall. Meeting Calendar
Given the large number of homeowners associations in the city, the city does not keep an official list and/or contact information for the associations within the city.