City Planning & Zoning

The City Planning and Zoning Department helps guide Nowthen residents, developers, business owners, and anyone interested in the City of Nowthen. Please call the City Office (763) 441-1347 for more information. 

The City has contracted services with The Planning Company, 
City Planner Liz Stockman (651) 303-3670.

Application Schedule

Zoning Map

Position Open Immediately for planning and zoning commissioner!

The City of Nowthen, Minnesota has an immediate opening for a resident of at least 18 years of age, to serve until December 31, 2024, as a member of the planning and zoning commission. The commission normally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7pm at the Historic Townhall building. The planning and zoning commission reviews development proposals, conducts public hearings, implements the comprehensive plan, and enforces zoning ordinances by making recommendations to the city council. 

To apply, simply CLICK HERE to be sent to the application.
Or you can drop by the city office to obtain an application there!


 

Nowthen Comprehensive plan

 "The primary function of municipal government is the provision of an orderly, safe and enhanced living and work environment.  While this encompasses social, physical and economic opportunities and issues, the City of Nowthen primarily influences the quality of life or its residents through the physical environment .  Nowthen has been progressive in planning for the development that has occurred over time.  A comprehensive plan was first adopted in 1980 when the community was a rural township, followed by preparation of comprehensive plans 1993, 1999, and most recently in 2009.  Reference to these past planning efforts is critical to understanding the direction and evolution of many of Nowthen's established goals and policies." (2019 Nowthen Comprehensive Plan pg. 1)  

CLICK HERE to read more about  Nowthen's 2019 Comprehensive plan.

 

Forms and Applications

2022 Agendas and Packets 

 Planning and Zoning Commission meetings

Planning and Zoning is Responsible for:

SPLITTING LAND

Subdividing is the process of splitting up a single parcel of land into multiple parcels.  While simple in concept, in practice subdividing land can be quite involved as it requires many steps and compliance with a number of rules and regulations.  Subdivisions split correctly demonstrate compliance with the City’s minimum lot sizes, lot widths, lot frontage (access to a public street) and lot buildability (the capability of a parcel to support structures and utilities).

 

Types of subdivisions vary in their complexity based on the number of lots involved, whether public street access exists or needs to be provided and the process through which the legal documents are reviewed, approved and recorded.

 

 

MINOR SUBDIVISIONS

Minor subdivisions are the simplest form of parcel splits involving a total of three (3) lots or less and include:

  • Lot Splits (dividing one or two lots from the original parcel)

  • Lot Reconfigurations (changing a lot line without creating a new lot)

 

All minor subdivisions, require (at minimum) a Certificate of Survey, prepared by a registered and licensed land surveyor, wetland delineation (for lots containing ditches or wetlands) and deeds containing the new legal descriptions for recording at Anoka County.  Surveys for minor subdivisions commonly describe land using metes and bounds to determine property boundaries, with terminal points and angles listing the compass directions and distances.

 

In Nowthen, all minor subdivisions require City Council approval with the exception of Administrative Lot Splits which may be reviewed by the City’s Zoning Administrator at his/her discretion in cases that only involve one new lot, a parcel that is residentially zoned and which does not require the extension of public streets to meet the City’s lot frontage or lot width requirements.  Public hearings are not required for minor subdivisions unless there is an associated request for a variance, conditional use permit, etc.

 

  • RRA, Rural Residential Agriculture Zoning:  5 acre minimum lot size, maximum of 8 parcels per 40 acres (overall average density not exceeding 5 acres)

 

  • RRT, Rural Residential Transition Zoning:  2 acre minimum lot size, maximum of 20 parcels per 40 acres (overall average density not exceeding 2 acres)

 

 

 

PLATTING

Platting of land is required for divisions involving four (4) or more lots and usually involves a larger land area than minor subdivisions, where land is described as lots and blocks. Platting involves additional certifications by the land surveyor and requires more detailed information be provided as part of the surveying and recording process such as grading details, construction plans for public streets and storm water controls, drainage and utility easements and detailed development agreements. Land set aside for future phases of development are called Out lots for which building permits are not issued.

 

The minimum lot size in an area platted with the RRA, Rural Residential Agriculture District designation may be reduced to 2.5 acres provided the plat conforms with the 8/40 average density of five (5) acres. The RRT District density does not change, nor does the minimum lot size, when platted. Conceptual subdivision plans are required prior to submittal of a Preliminary Plat and the City scheduling a public hearing.