Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals  


Third Thursday of each month
6 p.m.

City Hall
Council Chambers
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

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Planning Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals

Member   Term Expiration  
Joe Gasior Chair 12/31/2021 507-645-1667
William Schroeer Vice Chair 12/31/2019 651-295-0860
Betsey Buckheit Member 12/31/2020 507-581-3991
Tracy Heisler Member 12/31/2021 612-787-7047
Terri Jensen Member 12/31/2019 507-382-0908
Greg Siems Member 12/31/2021 319-541-2246
Aaron Swoboda Member 12/31/2020 412-266-2413
Arlie Lee Youth Representative    
Marta Sorenson Youth Representative    
Suzie Nakasian Council Liaison   507-301-6756
City Staff   Phone
Mitzi Baker Community Development Director 507-645-3005
Scott Tempel City Planner 507-645-3024
Mikayla Schmidt Community Development Specialist 507-645-3059


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.

Application & 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.

Applications are available online or at:
City Hall, City Clerk
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057