Planning and Zoning

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Zoning Setbacks  Zoning Map    (you will be directed to MAPS page)
Planning & Zoning Commission Do I need a Permit?
Change of Zoning Requests Variance Requests
Fence Regulations  Sign Regulations

 

 

ZONING SETBACKS

Setbacks ensure that the City has a uniform appearance and the safety of the residents.  Click HERE for the setback requirements.  If you are not able to meet these setbacks due to hardship, you may apply for a variance.

 

CITY OF AURORA

2014 PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION

 

Jim Lakso

David Olson   

 VACANT

JoAnn Burke

Bob Lloyd

Councilor Scott Smolich (Chairperson)

 The Aurora Planning  and Zoning Commission is composed of seven members commission that acts as an advisory to the the City Council.  All requests for a Improvement Permit, Zoning Permit and/or Variance requests are heard by the Planning  and Zoning Commission, who then makes a recommendation to the City Council. 

COMMISSIONER REQUIREMENTS

  • Each Commissioner shall be a resident of the city and shall subscribe to the appropriate oath of office.
  • No Commissioner shall take part in the consideration of any matter wherein he or she is the applicant, petitioner or appellant, nor in the consideration of any application, petition or appeal wherein his or her interest might reasonably be expected to affect his or her impartiality. 
Vacancies on the Commission are filled by appointment of the Mayor and confirmed by a majority vote of the Council. Upon appointment, each Commissioner shall serve for a term of two years or until a successor has been appointed.
 
 

MEETING DATES AND TIMES

The meetings of the Commission are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. The City Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer serves as Secretary to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

DO I NEED A PERMIT?

 Any work on your house or property that is not maintenance, requires a permit. 

ZONING PERMIT    - If your project involves constructing something new, such as a garage, a shed, a deck, or a new house.

IMPROVEMENT PERMIT - if you are redesigning, remodeling, or altering such as a roof, windows/doors, siding, etc.

 

CHANGE OF ZONING REQUESTS

 As Per City Code Chapter 153, Subd. 153.005, when any proposed change of zoning is initiated by an owner or owners of real estate in the City of Aurora, a REZONING APPLICATION requesting the change must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office.  A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 shall accompany the request.

All rezoning requests require a public hearing.  Public hearings for rezoning are heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  This Commission meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month.  Rezoning requests must be received by the City Clerk’s Office at least 15 days prior to the Planning and Zoning meeting date.

 All rezoning request applications shall contain the following information:

  1. The applicant’s name and address;
  2. A legal description and street address of the property proposed to be reclassified;
  3. The name and address of the owner or owners of the said property;
  4. The present zoning classification and existing uses of the property proposed to be reclassified;
  5. The area of the property proposed to be reclassified, stated in square feet or acres, or fraction thereof; and,
  6. A map drawn to scale, clearly showing the property proposed to be reclassified and its present zoning classification and existing uses.

If you have any questions about rezoning, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (218) 229-2614.

  

VARIANCE REQUESTS

In instances where the strict enforcement of the required Zoning Setbacks would cause undue hardship because of circumstances unique and distinctive to an individual property, the City shall have the power to grant variances, in keeping with the spirit and intent of this chapter. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Circumstances caused by the property owner or any previous owner shall not constitute sufficient justification to grant a variance.  

APPLY FOR A VARIANCE

When any proposed variance is initiated by an owner or owners of real estate in the City of Aurora, a VARIANCE APPLICATION requesting the change must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office.  A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 shall accompany the request.

All variance requests require a public hearing.  Public hearings for variances are heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  This Commission meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month.  Variance requests must be received by the City Clerk’s Office at least 15 days prior to the Planning and Zoning meeting date.

 All variance request applications shall contain the following information:

  1. The applicant’s name and address;
  2. A legal description and street address of the property proposed to be reclassified;
  3. The name and address of the owner or owners of the said property;
  4. A map drawn to scale, clearly showing the property proposed use and existing uses.

If you have any questions about rezoning, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (218) 229-2614.

 

I WANT TO BUILD A FENCE...

 Click HERE for Fence Information

 

I WANT TO CHANGE OR CONSTRUCT A SIGN...

 Click HERE for City Ordinance No. 65 regarding Signage.   

 

If you have any questions about Planning and Zoning, or Construction in Aurora, please feel free to contact the

City Clerk's Office at (218) 229-2614 or via email at cityclerk@ci.aurora.mn.us