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Planning, Zoning, and Land Use

Boundary adjustment, General overview of planning and zoning handbook, Practical guide to 60-day rule.

Municipal Boundary Adjustment The boundaries of Minnesota’s cities and towns are legally adjusted by the Office of Administrative Hearings in cases involving the creation, annexation, detachment, or consolidation of municipalities.

PZ1000-Planning-and-Zoning-General-Overview.pdf (Document Number: PZ 1000)
Provides a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of local planning and zoning and questions that should be asked before proceeding. This paper also provides an overview of the players involved with town-ship planning and zoning, a description of the types of documents and regulations involved with planning and zoning, and a summary of the process to adopt planning and zoning. A discussion on how to administer and enforce regulations is also included. (17 pages) (Revised Sept. 2023)

Appendix A – Shoreland Management Ordinance Best-Practices

Appendix B – DNR Model Shoreland Ordinance with Commentary

Appendix C – DNR Model Shoreland Ordinance without Commentary

PZ2000-Zoning-Decisions-.pdf (Document Number: PZ 2000)
Explains the various legal limitations imposed on a town’s zoning authority by the legislature and the courts. (19 pages) (Revised: December 2001)

PZ3000-Practical-Guide-to-the-60-day-rule.pdf (Document Number: PZ 3000)
A review of the requirements under Minn. Stat. § 15.99 to handle zoning requests within 60 days. (10 pages) (Revised: January 2004)