Planning & Zoning

Fiscal Year 2023

Department Overview

To protect the public health, safety and welfare of the City of Owatonna through a growth mindset and by fostering development and addressing the concerns of all while finding routes and efficiencies to assist the public and all employees.


  • Assisted in the kickoff, planning, and adoption of the future Sanitary Sewer Study
  • Continued Flood mitigation efforts by getting grant extended
  • Identified potential redevelopment areas for commercial and high density residential uses
  • Annexed 20 acres of land
  • Assisted in the completion of the Cedar Avenue Streetscape project
  • Completed all zoning and subdivision approvals for the West Lake Meadows development including the development agreement
  • Completed the design and implementation of the new Citizen Services software
  • Completed a web page redesign to coordinate with the online permitting component of Citizen Services
  • Began discussing future housing trends and how they may fit with our current zoning ordinance and plans
  • Managed, Designed and implemented the Cartegraph asset management system
  • Flew and implemented 2022 Aerial Photos


  • Continue to work on redevelopment of blighted properties
  • Work on Corridor beautification efforts
  • Continue to amend / address the outdated portions of the zoning / subdivision / sign ordinances
  • Continue flood mitigation efforts, including demo of houses
  • Continue back scanning of case files into Laserfiche
  • Start the update to the Comprehensive Plan
  • Continue to amend and improve Citizen Services to better serve Staff and the Public
  • Complete design and bid Phase 2 of the Downtown Streetscape Project (Vine Street Parking Lot)
  • Manage, Design, and implement Phase 2 of the Cartegraph asset management system

Financial Information



Staffing Analysis