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Planning & Zoning
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Planning and Zoning is responsible for the short and long-term land use planning for the city by meeting the development proposals of the Planning Commission and City Council.  The department also interprets and enforces the Zoning Code, Design Guidelines and Sign Code, as well as the Subdivision Ordinance. Planning and Zoning also prepares and implements the Comprehensive Plan, which guides land use, zoning, transportation, and community facility improvements or anticipated changes. 

Planning and Zoning Commission
The Commission prepares and maintains the Comprehensive Plan for the physical development of the City. The Commission also serves as the Board of Appeals and Adjustments of Variance and Appeal Cases. Another Commission function is as an advisory board to the City Council on matters pertaining to Conditional Use Permit applications and zoning amendments.

The Planning and Zoning Commission consists of five members appointed by the Council. The appointed members serve four-year staggered terms and are appointed by the Mayor. The City Engineer, Zoning Administrator, Building Official, and City Attorney serve as ex-officio members of this commission.

Land Use Application Forms
The following forms are required for any land use request in the city.  Application deadlines are generally on the first business day of the month.  Contact the Assistant Community Development Director or City Planner for additional information.



Elizabeth Holmbeck
City Planner

590 40th Ave. NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Ph: (763) 706-3673

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact Columbia Heights
590 40th Ave. NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Ph: (763) 706-3600
Fx: (763) 706-3601
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