The City of Richfield Planning Division is responsible for the administration of land use regulations and policies throughout the City. The Planning Division coordinates the preparation of the City's Comprehensive Plan (long-range land use and infrastructure plan), recommends zoning regulations to implement that Plan, and reviews and processes individual applications for new development, redevelopment, land subdivison and variances.
The Planning Division provides information and assistance to residents, local businesses and developers. In addition to direct contact, the staff makes available handouts and maps on frequently requested matters.
The Planning Division prepares reports and makes recommendations to the Hearing Examiner (variances), Planning Commission, and City Council regarding land development in the City. The City Planner serves as the staff liaison to the Hearing Examiner and Planning Commission.
TYPICAL LAND USE APPLICATION PROCESS/TIMELINE
- Submit land use application a minimum of 28 days prior to Planning Commission Meeting.
- Internal staff review begins, Administrative Review Committee meets with applicant.
- Applicant makes required revisions and resubmits a minimum of 14 days prior to Planning Commission Meeting.
- 4th Monday of the month, public hearing held at Planning Commission; Planning Commission makes recommendation to Council.
- 2nd Tuesday of following month, Council considers application and issues final decision.
This timeline and procedure can vary significantly depending on the scope of a project. Some applications can be processed administratively and are not heard by the Planning Commission and/or Council; others require additional hearings and review by other bodies (e.g. Hennepin County, Metropolitan Council).