Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals  

Meetings

Third Thursday of each month
6 p.m.

Upcoming meeting

06-16-2022 PC Agenda Packet

06-16-2022 PC Supplemental Memo No. 1

Public monitoring

Members of the public may monitor the meeting by watching the live stream.

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eComment

The City of Northfield has an electronic comment (eComment) feature for PC/ZBA meetings. eComment provides an easy way for residents to add their voices to the process and makes participation in public meetings convenient when it may be difficult to the attend the meeting in person.

Once the agenda is published, the eComment link will be active. Residents can review agenda items details, indicate their position on an item and leave feedback by clicking on the eComment tab on the PC/ZBA meeting page:

City of Northfield - PC/ZBA

Comments may be submitted until 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Agendas and minutes

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Members

NameTitleTerm expiration
Betsey BuckheitChairDecember 31, 2023
Tracy HeislerVice-ChairDecember 31, 2024
Bill KuhlmannMemberDecember 31, 2022
Jason MenardMemberDecember 31, 2024
Brian Nowak
Member
December 31, 2023
William Schroeer
Member
December 31, 2022
Davin SokupMemberDecember 31, 2024
George Zuccolotto
Council Liaison (non-voting)December 31, 2022
Grant Boardman
Youth Representative (non-voting member)
2021-2022 school year
Sofia ChihadeYouth Representative (non-voting member)2021-2022 school year


Contacting the commission

If you have questions or comments, you can email the commission. Each member will receive your email. When replying to your email, a commission member cannot reply to all members, only to you. This avoids violating the open meeting law.

Email the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals

Liaisons

For general information about the commission, please contact a staff liaison. Also, if you have questions or comments for the commission, contact a staff liaison and they will assist.

NameTitlePhone number
Mitzi BakerCommunity Development Director507-645-3005
Mikayla SchmidtCity Planner507-645-3059
Kari BondeAdministrative Associate507-645-3036

Overview

Special meetings are occasionally called, four members constitute a quorum. All Planning Commission meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live on the city website.

The functions of the Planning Commission are separate from and exclusive of the functions of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Planning Commission prepares and maintains the city's Comprehensive Plan and advises the City Council on matters regarding implementation of the plan. The commission also conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the City Council on proposed changes affecting zoning and land uses within the city, considers site plan reviews, conditional use permits, and variances in conformance to the Land Development Code. The Planning Commission forwards information gathered from these public hearings, along with their own recommendations, to the City Council for final action.

The official Land Development Code is located in the Official City Code, Chapter 34, and will be the code that rules.

  1. 2020 accomplishments
  2. 2019 accomplishments

Accomplishments

  • In the beginning of the year, the Planning Commission worked very hard on expanding their work plan to coincide with the City Council Strategic Plan. A letter was sent to the Council with three main areas.
  • Assisted with beginning steps for several projects, variances, conditional use permits and plats. A few of those included:
    • Hills of Spring Creek 9th Addition
    • Spring Creek Townhomes 2nd Addition
    • St. Olaf College – Ole Housing Project (Rezoning and Conditional Use Permit)
    • Approved variances for a front porch, garage, and a sign in the Downtown Historic District. Three variance requests were also denied.
    • Conditional Use Permit for Hyacinth Solar
    • Community Action Center – Hillcrest Village (Rezoning)
  • Provided feedback for plans and projects including Rice County 2020 Comprehensive Plan, the proposed Paulson Property redevelopment project, and the Community Action Center’s Hillcrest Village housing project

Membership requirements

The Planning Commission / Zoning Board of Appeals is comprised of seven regular members who are appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Each member serves a three-year term. There is a three term limit. Members do not receive monetary compensation.

Applying

  1. You can apply to more than one board, commission or task force.

    Apply for a board, commission, or task force

    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057