Zoning and Planning
How is Moorhead, Minnesota planning for controlled growth and
development? Find out more about Moorhead's direction for the
future by reading the City's four major planning documents, including
it's Comprehensive Plan, Growth Area Plan, Zoning Ordinance,
Subdivision Ordinance. These documents establish the direction for
and regulations for the use of land and physical development.
If you want to see our community's vision for growth over the next 20 to
25 years, look over the City of Moorhead Comprehensive Plan, which
provides a framework for growth and development. Our Comprehensive
the policies, standards and principles that serve as the basis
for updating the City's zoning, subdivision and other developmental
controls. Last updated
in 2004, the plan also establishes long-term community goals.
2004 City of Moorhead Comprehensive Plan
2009 Update to the City of Moorhead Comprehensive Plan
A copy of the plan is also on file at the City of Moorhead's Planning and Zoning Division on 4th Floor of City Hall, 500 Center Avenue, Moorhead, MN.
Growth Area Plan
The southern and eastern growth areas of the City are guided by a Growth
Area Plan which specifies where future streets, parks, stores, apartments
and homes will be located. The Growth Area Plans were reviewed and updated as part of
the 2009 Update of the City of Moorhead Comprehensive Plan.
Alternative Urban Areawide Review
The Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) is an environmental review for future development projects within the Growth Area Plan. It inventories environmental and cultural resources, identifies potential cumulative impacts of one or more development scenarios and focuses on effective mitigation strategies.
AUAR for South and East Moorhead
AUAR for North Moorhead/Oakport Township
Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance
Officially adopted by the City Council on January 3, 2005, Moorhead's Zoning
Ordinance establishes land use and building requirements for private property
within the city limits to meet the objectives of the Comprehensive Plan.
All property falls under one of the 17 zoning districts established by the
Zoning Ordinance. That ordinance regulates:
Location and size of buildings and other structures
Size of yards
and open spaces
Use of buildings and land for promoting and protecting public
health, safety and general welfare.
Our City Subdivision Ordinance encourages well-planned, efficient and attractive
subdivisions (developments) through adequate, impartial design and construction
standards. Any subdivided property must be approved by the Moorhead City
Council, either through official platting-which requires a public hearing
before the Planning Commission and final approval by the City Council-or
through minor subdivision, which is heard by the City Council without a
Title 10 Zoning and
Title 11 Subdivisions
These titles are provided for informational purposes only. In the case of any discrepancy
between this version and the official hard copy on file with the City Clerk, the official
hard copy will prevail. This version of the code may not reflect all of, or the most current,
amendments/ordinances that have been passed.
Active in Moorhead Partnership
2009 Neighborhood and College Meeting Results (PDF)
2009 Resident Survey Results (PDF)
1st Avenue North Report
1st Ave North Report
Downtown Framework Plan Update
Downtown Framework Plan Update - 2007
Moorhead - Dilworth Orderly Annexation Boundary Agreements
The Cities of Moorhead and Dilworth have negotiated orderly annexation boundaries within Glyndon, Moorhead and Oakport Townships for the future growth of both cities. The annexation agreements will help both cities plan properly for the anticipated growth of both cities and assist in the orderly planning of the expansion of municipal services to the area. No property within the areas covered by the agreements is sought to be annexed at this time.
Joint Resolution - Glyndon Township
Joint Resolution - Moorhead Township
Joint Resolution - Oakport Township
Annexation Boundary Map
Administrative Subdivision Approval
Comp Plan or GAP Amendment
Conditional Use Permit
Final Plat Approval
Preliminary Plat Approval
If you are interested in development, construction or use of a
property within Moorhead, contact the City's Planning and Zoning
Division at (218) 299-5370 for more information on zoning. Or, visit
the City of Moorhead building codes office on 4th floor of City
Hall, 500 Center Avenue