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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

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About Community Development

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Successful community development requires intentional and proactive strategies to promote engagement, build relationships, and ultimately improve the physical, economic, environmental, and social quality of a community.

On July 1, 2019, the City of Rochester took the first step toward its commitment to deliver a positive and deliberate customer service experience to residents, business owners, developers, entrepreneurs, and the construction community by officially launching the new Community Development Department.

Community Development, led by Director Cindy Steinhauser, consists of 13 team members, including experts in planning, development, zoning compliance, sustainability, urban design and heritage preservation, communications and engagement, and administrative support.

The City of Rochester's record growth in construction and development for 2018 - with city-issued building permits totaling nearly $600 million - was one of the many reasons the City Council felt it was necessary for Rochester to position itself to respond to the consistent and unprecedented growth happening in the community. The formation of the new Community Development Department was part of the City Council’s vision to be intentional and strategic about the transformation of Rochester – both now and in the coming years.

In alignment with the City’s Vision to be a vibrant, compassionate, innovative team, the establishment of the Community Development Department is the first phase in the city’s longer-term plan to create a one-stop development services center. This collaboration will bring the newly-formed Community Development Department as well as the Building Safety and Public Works Departments together under one roof to provide a more seamless customer service experience for those seeking to build, develop, and invest in Rochester.

Community Development Purpose Statement

"We build community by nurturing relationships with residents, business owners, developers, and entrepreneurs to improve the physical, economic, environmental, and social health of Rochester."

Community Development Service Philosophy

We believe in:

Partnership | Integrity | Performance | Efficiency | Creativity | Resiliency