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Contact Information

201 4th Street SE
Room 108
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2950
Fax: 507-328-2401

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Department Contacts

NOTICE: As of Tuesday, February 18, all City of Rochester Planning and Zoning services will be fulfilled at the new Development Services & Infrastructure Center located at 4001 West River Parkway NW, Rochester, MN 55901. 

Welcome to the new Community Development Department for the City of Rochester, Minnesota.

downtown-rochesterRochester is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best places to live, work, learn, and invest, and Community Development plays a vital role in shaping the future of urban development of the city. 

In alignment with City Council priorities, the Community Development Department takes a collaborative, multi-faceted approach to managing and driving physical development within the City of Rochester.

Department areas of focus include: 

  • Development Site Planning & Review;
  • Land Use Regulation;
  • Zoning Compliance;
  • Urban Design;
  • Heritage Preservation;
  • Sustainability;
  • Small Area Design;
  • Neighborhood Planning; and
  • Arts & Culture.  

Community Development Mission Statement: 

Our mission is to enrich our community’s future by fostering creative and innovative strategies to cultivate sustainable economic growth, build and preserve healthy neighborhoods, enhance our natural environment, and nurture arts and cultural opportunities.

Current Community Development Initiatives: