Planning & Zoning

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The Planning and Zoning Office evaluates and regulates development in the City as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan, Growth Area Plans, Moorhead City Code, metropolitan policies, and State Statutes.  It provides staff services to the City Council, Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment, Oakport Joint Powers Board and Airport Committee

 

The Planning Office responds to inquiries about the use of land and physical development from residents, developers, businesses, realtors and others – including information on the Comprehensive Plan, zoning and subdivision regulations, demographic trends, and development possibilities.

Spotlight Projects

Growth Area Plans

The City of Moorhead recently initiated the development of Growth Area Plans for future growth areas. This project will be led by the City's consultant, Stantec, together with representatives of the City's Planning Office.  

These Growth Area Plans are intended to designate land uses within these areas to ensure future development is connected to the larger community.  These plans will provide a road map for long range future development of the city. 

Draft 2016 Growth Area Plan Report

 

GROWTH AREA PLANS OPEN HOUSES
Thursday, May 19, 2016
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Hjemkomst Center - 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN

Open House Presentation, Boards and Overview

Thursday, November 3, 2016
5:00 to 7:00 pm - Presentation at 5:30 pm
Hjemkomst Center - 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN

 

GROWTH AREA PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE
March 15, 2016 Minutes and Presentation

April 14, 2016 Minutes and Presentation

May 5, 2016 Minutes and Presentation

June 30, 2016 Minutes and Presentation

October 20, 2016 Minutes and Presentation

 

River Corridor Plan

After significant floods in 2009, 2010, and 2011, the City of Moorhead began several flood mitigation projects and acquisition of flood-prone properties adjacent to the Red River. As a result, a large portion of private property along the river has been transferred to public ownership. The Moorhead River Corridor Study was implemented to answer questions about the use of this public land and to develop a plan to guide future management and maintenance of the river corridor, balancing community needs, flood mitigation, transportation, recreation, public/private property, and natural resource preservation and restoration. 

There were two phases to the River Corridor Study. 

  • Phase I, led by FM Metro COG, was completed in April 2013 and identified the needs and issues related to the River Corridor as well as documented existing conditions, summarized public input, outlined limitations along the River Corridor, and presented a range of needs and opportunities identified by the public, residents, and staff. 
  • The Final River Corridor Plan and Executive Summary were approved by the Mayor and City Council on May 12th, 2014.  The River Corridor Plan is Phase II of the study and establishes policies and strategy alternatives that can be used to address the issues, needs and opportunities identified along the River Corridor.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the River Corridor Planning process! 

Since approval of the River Corridor Plan in May of 2014, there have been numerous projects that have been completed or are underway along the River Corridor, including:

2016:

 2015:

2014:

  • Stripe bike lanes along 11 Street N from 15 Ave to 28 Ave N (Clay County)
  • Private/public property delineation signage
  • Legacy Trails Grant Applications – Blue Goose and Downtown Link Trails and MB Johnson Phase III Projects (applications denied)
  • Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission – application to request Regionally Significant Park/Trail
  • Collaboration with River Keepers, including: storm drain markings, Water Festival, litter pickup, community education and outreach events, tree plantings, and Bike Patrol

 

Contact Us

Phone 218.299.5370

Fax 218.299.5399

By Email

Moorhead City Hall 4th Floor, 500 Center Avenue Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm