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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


Zoning Board of Appeals

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Meets First and Third Wednesday of the Month


State planning legislation Chapter 462.357 (sub. 6) requires that any city with a zoning ordinance form a Board of Appeals. As a quasi-judicial body, the Board makes decisions based on the facts submitted by the applicant, information provided through the public hearing process, and on the requirements of the City of Rochester Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Manual. This is important in that the Board is expected to apply current city land use policies and regulations, not create policy/regulations.

Organizational Structure

The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals is an independent body consisting of citizen volunteers appointed to the Board by the Mayor with approval of the City Council. The Board consists of seven (7) members with one (1) member also being a member of the City Planning and Zoning Commission. Members shall serve for terms of three (3) years.

Meeting Schedule and Information

The Board generally meets once each month on the first Wednesday of each month. If enough applications are submitted, a second meeting will be held on the third Wednesday of the month. The Board meets in the Council/Board Chambers at the Government Center, 151 Fourth Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

To view agendas, meeting packets, and minutes, please visit the City's Meeting Portal

Commission Members   

  • Jan Throndson, Chair 
  • Kurt Wayne, Vice Chair
  • Jeff Prussack
  • Jens Boyum
  • Ronald Wightman
  • Kraig Durst, CPZC Representative

For additional information, please contact the Community Development Department at 507.328.2950 or via email at