Planning and Zoning Division

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Planning And Zoning Responsibilities

The City of Richfield Planning Division is responsible for the administration of land use regulations and policies throughout the City. The Planning Division coordinates the preparation of the City's Comprehensive Plan (long-range land use and infrastructure plan), recommends zoning regulations to implement that Plan, and reviews and processes individual applications for new development, redevelopment, land subdivision and variances. The Planning Division also provides information and assistance to residents, local businesses and developers.

Zoning Ordinance 

The City's Zoning Code is intended to protect and promote public health, safety, comfort, aesthetics, economic viability and general welfare in the City.  The Code is the means by which the City long-term vision for its future (described by the Comprehensive Plan) is implemented.

While the City makes every attempt to keep this site up-to-date, it is recommended that you confirm regulations prior to beginning any project.  The City also produces summary handouts related to number of zoning-related requests.

RICHFIELD ZONING ORDINANCE 

ZONING MAP

INTERACTIVE MAP: search for zoning information by address

Typical Land Use Application Process/Timeline

The Planning Division prepares reports and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council regarding land development in the City. The City Planner serves as the staff liaison to the Planning Commission. 

- Submit land use application a minimum of 28 days prior to Planning Commission Meeting.
- Internal staff review begins, Administrative Review Committee  meets with applicant.
- Applicant makes required revisions and resubmits a minimum of 14 days prior to Planning Commission Meeting.
- 4th Monday of the month, public hearing held at Planning Commission; Planning Commission makes recommendation to Council.
- 2nd Tuesday of following month, Council considers application and issues final decision.

This timeline and procedure can vary significantly depending on the scope of a project.  Some applications can be processed administratively and are not heard by the Planning Commission and/or Council; others require additional hearings and review by other bodies (e.g. Hennepin County, Metropolitan Council).

CONTACT US:
612-861-9760
com_dev@richfieldmn.gov