The following applications require a public hearing before the Planning Commission:
  • Code Amendments
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendments
  • Conditional Uses
  • Interim Uses
  • Planned Unit Developments
  • Rezonings
  • Site Plan Reviews
  • Subdivisions
  • Wetland Alterations

Proposed Development Signs

The zoning ordinance requires that the city post development signs on sites that are the subject of certain development applications. These signs are posted on the affected property approximately four weeks prior to the public hearing at the Planning Commission.

City Review Procedure

  • City code requires all property within 500 feet of the subject site to be notified of the application in writing. Any interested party is invited to attend the meeting.
  • Staff prepares a report on the subject application. This report includes all pertinent information and a recommendation. These reports are available by request.
  • At the Planning Commission meeting, staff will give a verbal overview of the report and a recommendation.
  • The item will be opened for the public to speak about the proposal as a part of the hearing process.
  • The Commission will close the public hearing and discuss the item and make a recommendation to the City Council.
  • The City Council may reverse, affirm or modify wholly or partly the Planning Commission’s recommendation.
  • Rezonings, land use and code amendments take a simple majority vote of the City Council except rezonings and land use amendments from residential to commercial/industrial.
  • Minnesota State Statute 15.99 requires all applications to be processed within 60 days unless the applicant waives this standard. Some applications due to their complexity may take several months to complete. Any person wishing to follow an item through the process should check with the Planning Department regarding its status and scheduling for the City Council meeting.
  • A neighborhood spokesperson/representative is encouraged to provide a contact for the city. Often developers are encouraged to meet with the neighborhood regarding their proposal. Staff is also available to review the project with any interested person(s).
  • Because the Planning Commission holds the public hearing, the City Council does not.
  • Minutes are taken and any correspondence regarding the application will be included in the report to the City Council.
  • If you wish to have something to be included in the report, please contact the Planning Staff person named on the notification.
  • If a constituent or resident sends an email to staff or the Planning Commission, it must be made part of the public record based on State Statute. If a constituent or resident sends an email to the Mayor and City Council, it is up to each individual City Council member and Mayor if they want it to be made part of the public record or not. There is no State Statute that forces the Mayor or City Council to share that information with the public or be made part of the public record. Under State Statute, staff cannot remove comments or letters provided as part of the public input process.