Resources

Land Use Variances

Learn about variances as a way cities may allow an exception to part of their zoning ordinance.

Published May 21, 2021.

Land Use Nonconformities

What a city can do about land uses or structures that don't comply with its current zoning ordinance.

Published May 21, 2021.

Land Use Conditional Use Permits

Learn the basics of conditional use permits (CUPs) in administering the city’s land use ordinances.

Published May 10, 2021.

Land Use Ordinance Mistakes

Informational Memo

Find and fix common land use mistakes in your city's ordinances.

Published Mar 10, 2021.

Planning and Zoning 101

Informational Memo

Learn the basics of why and how cities engage in land use planning and regulation.

Published Mar 1, 2021.

Zoning Decisions

Informational Memo

Learn the nature of a city’s decision-making authority and the legal standards associated with variances, conditional use permits, and nonconformities.

Published Mar 1, 2021.

Handbook for Minnesota Cities Chapter 2: Change of Boundaries, Status, and Name

Handbook Chapter

Learn the procedures for incorporating, consolidating, and dissolving cities and the related procedures of concurrent annexation and detachment.

Published Oct 28, 2020.

Handbook for Minnesota Cities Chapter 15: Environmental Regulations

Handbook Chapter

Find out about the most significant environmental regulations to help protect and improve your city’s natural resources.

Published Oct 27, 2020.

Zoning Guide for Cities

Informational Memo

Learn the framework of municipal zoning and basics of other land use controls available to cities to complement zoning controls.

Published Oct 9, 2020.

Subdivision Guide for Cities

Informational Memo

Learn the framework of municipal subdivision regulation, a basic building block in city land use and development plans.

Published Oct 6, 2020.