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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 Planning & Zoning

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What is planning and zoning? 

Planning is the strategic management of community or neighborhood growth. City planners ensure the way in which buildings, roads, and parks develop are both attractive and convenient for residents.

Zoning helps to control the physical development and use of land. It dictates where residential, industrial, recreational, or commercial activities can take place, helping to protect investment in property.

Why is it important?

Planning and zoning are valuable tools to achieve sustainable development. They help governments maximize municipal budgets by identifying and optimizing infrastructure and service investments and balancing demands for growth with the need to protect local characteristics and environment.