Rochester, Minnesota

Land Development Regulation Updates

Rochester, Minnesota, is the third largest city in that state, home to more than 110,000 residents and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, and the winner of many “best city” awards for its high quality of life and strong economy.  In 2017, Clarion Associates was retained to work with the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department to update four key parts of the city’s land development regulations to help further improve the city’s built environment.

Clarion’s updates will focus on (1) infill and redevelopment tools, (2) incentives and restricted development, (3) transit-oriented development zoning, and (4) other updates needed to implement its emerging Planning to Succeed comprehensive plan. Clarion will work closely with stakeholder groups assembled by the city to address each of those key topics. The project is expected to be completed, and the resulting amendments adopted in a series of actions ending in April of 2019.

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