Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals
Meeting day, time and location
Third Thursday of each month
City Hall, Council Chamber
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Agendas and minutes
Members of the public may monitor the meeting by watching the live stream.
The City of Northfield has an electronic comment (eComment) feature for PC/ZBA meetings. eComment provides an easy way for residents to add their voices to the process and makes participation in public meetings convenient when it may be difficult to the attend the meeting in person.
Once the agenda is published, the eComment link will be active. Residents can review agenda items details, indicate their position on an item and leave feedback by clicking on the eComment tab on the PC/ZBA meeting page:
Comments may be submitted until noon on the day of the meeting.
Public Hearing Notices
In the Council Chambers, an induction loop system is provided for hearing device users. To use:
- Someone with no hearing aids will need a loop receiver with an earpiece or headset.
- Someone with hearing aids and NO T-Coil will need a loop receiver with an earpiece or headset.
- Someone with hearing aids and have T-Coil in the hearing aid will change the setting of the hearing aid from microphone to T-Coil. They will NOT need a receiver as the T-Coil in their hearing aid is the loop receiver.
- Not all hearing aids have T-Coils because of the size or money, so they are limited.
|Betsey Buckheit||Chair||December 31, 2023|
|Tracy Heisler||Vice Chair||December 31, 2024|
|Bill Kuhlmann||Member||December 31, 2025|
|Jason Menard||Member||December 31, 2024|
|Brian Nowak||Member||December 31, 2023|
|William Schroeer||Member||December 31, 2025|
|Davin Sokup||Non-Voting Ex- Officio Member - Council||December 31, 2023|
|Donald Stager||Member||December 31, 2024|
|Griffith Dahle||Youth Representative (non-voting member)||2023-2024 school year|
|Steven Thorstensson||Youth Representative (non-voting member)||2023-2024 school year|
Contacting the commission
If you have questions or comments, you can email the commission. Each member will receive your email. When replying to your email, a commission member cannot reply to all members, only to you. This avoids violating the open meeting law.
For general information about the commission, please contact a staff liaison. Also, if you have questions or comments for the commission, contact a staff liaison and they will assist.
|Jake Reilly||Community Development Director||507-645-3005|
|Mikayla Schmidt||City Planner||507-645-3059|
|Kari Bonde||Administrative Associate||507-645-3036|
The Planning Commission plays a major role in advising the City Council in the preparation, review and implementation of the city's Comprehensive Plan. The commission conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the City Council on zoning amendments, conditional use permits, preliminary plats and other proposed changes affecting zoning and land uses within the city. The Planning Commission forwards information gathered from these public hearings, along with staff and their recommendations, to the City Council for final action.
The functions of the Planning Commission are separate from and exclusive of the functions of the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews and makes final decisions on variances and appeals on land use decisions.
The official Land Development Code is located in the Official City Code, Chapter 34, and will be the code that rules.
Special meetings are occasionally called. Four members constitute a quorum. All Planning Commission meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live on the city website.
The Planning Commission / Zoning Board of Appeals is comprised of seven regular members who are appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Each member serves a three-year term. There is a three term limit. Members do not receive monetary compensation.