Planning & Zoning

The City of Medina Planning & Zoning Department processes requests for building permits, variances, subdivisions, platting, site plans, comprehensive plan amendments, and conditional use permits.  Also is a resource for wetland data, GIS (Geographical Information System) mapping, code enforcement, zoning regulations, and septic systems.

Planning Department Staff

Dusty Finke, City Planner: 763-473-8846 or Dusty.Finke@ci.medina.mn.us

Debra Peterson, Associate Planner: 763-473-8847 or Debra@ci.medina.mn.us

Linda Lane, Administrative Assistant to Planning & Public Works: 763-473-8852 or Linda.Lane@ci.medina.mn.us

Planning & Zoning Information

Land Use Applications

Any proposal which goes before the Planning Commission requires an Application for Planning Consideration which must be accompanied by relevant information that the Commission can use in order to review the proposal.

Most of these Applications require a pre-Application meeting with the City Planner where the applicant will be informed what information and/or materials will be needed in order to review the proposal.  Relevant regulations, ordinances, and standards will also be discussed.  To schedule a pre-application meeting, contact City Hall at (763) 473-4643, extension 1.

All information and/or material requested must be submitted a month before the meeting which the application will be discussed at the Planning Commission.  This allows City Staff to conduct a thorough review of the application.

Current Planning Projects Under Review – Updated 6/16/17

Land Use Application Reviews

Land Use Application Review

  • Johnson Accessory Dwelling Unit CUP – Robin Johnson has requested a CUP to allow an accessory dwelling unit in an accessory structure at 1325 Tamarack Drive. The Planning Commission held a public hearing at the May 9 meeting and recommended approval.  The Council reviewed at the June 6 meeting and directed staff to prepare a resolution of approval.  The resolution will be presented to the Council on June 20.
  • Dykhoff Septic Variance – 3396 Elm Creek Drive – Michael Dykhoff has requested a variance to reduce the required 75 foot setback for a replacement septic system from wetlands. The only area on the property which could accommodate a mound system is approximately 50 feet from a wetland.  The Council reviewed at the June 6 meeting and directed staff to prepare a resolution of approval.  The resolution will be presented to the Council on June 20.
  • MultiFamily Residential Setback Amendment – Brian Fragodt has requested that the City consider amending its zoning code to permit a reduced rear setback within the MR zoning district for property adjacent to commonly-owned open space. The property owner owns a twinhome at 3500 Pinto Drive, which backs up on a large Outlot owned by the HOA.  Other districts in the City permit such a reduction and the owner seeks to expand their existing deck.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing at the June 13 meeting and recommended approval on a 6-1 vote.  The ordinance will be presented to the Council on June 20.
  • Reserve Phase II PUD Concept – Toll Brother has requested review of a concept plan for a potential Planned Unit Development for the future phases of the Reserve project. The applicant proposes to plat the same amount of lots, but to narrow many of the lots in order sell 4 acres of land to the City for a City park.  The Planning Commission held a Public Hearing at the June 13 meeting.  Commissioners generally did not believe the concept as proposed would meet the PUD criteria.  The Park Commission reviewed at the May 17 meeting and supported the PUD in order to allow for the provision of a park in the area.  The City Council is scheduled to review at the June 20 meeting.
  • School Lake Nature Preserve CD-PUD – Wally and Bridget Marx have requested review of a PUD General Plan of development and preliminary plat for a conservation design subdivision to include 6 lots and conservation of 70 acres (11.76 buildable). The Planning Commission held a Public Hearing at the June 13 meeting and unanimously recommended approval.  The City Council is scheduled to review at the July 5 meeting.
  • Lunski Preliminary Plat, Rezoning, Site Plan Review – Lunski, Inc. has applied for approvals for a development of 90 units of mixed senior housing, 24,767 s.f. of office, and 4,100 s.f. commercial north of Highway 55 and west of Mohawk Drive. Staff is conducting a preliminary review and will schedule for public hearing when complete, potentially at the July 11 Planning Commission meeting.
  • Crosby/Snow 2nd Home CUP – 2402 Hamel Road – Buddy and Kim Snow have requested a conditional use permit to construct a 2nd principal single family home on property owned by Kim’s parents.  The RR district allows a 2nd home on properties over 40 acres for family, employees or guests.  Staff is conducting a preliminary review of the materials for a public hearing at the Planning Commission, potentially at the July 11 meeting.
  • Hamel Road Thirty Two Plat (combination) – 32 Hamel Road LLC has requested approval of a plat to combine 3 lots at 32-42 Hamel road into a single parcel. The City had previously approved of this lot combination, but it was not finalized by a previous owner.  Staff is conducting a preliminary review of the materials for review by the City Council, potentially at the July 18 meeting.
  • Three Rivers/We Can Ride CUP, Woodridge Church, AutoMotorPlex, Hamel Brewery, St. Peter and Paul Cemetery – The City Council has adopted resolutions approving these projects, and staff is assisting the applicants with the conditions of approval in order to complete the projects.
  • Woods of Medina – This preliminary plat has been approved and staff is awaiting a final plat application
  • Capital Knoll, Hamel Haven subdivisions – These subdivisions have received final approval. Staff is working with the applicants on the conditions of approval before the plats are recorded