Planning Commission & Board of Adjustment


The Rice County Board of Commissioners appoints citizen representatives to serve on the Rice County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. The membership, terms and functions of both are set by Minn. Stat. Subd. 394.27 and 394.30 respectively.  The Planning Commission & Board of Adjustment generally meets on the first Thursday of the month in the Commissioners Room, Rice County Government Services Building.


The Planning Commission has the authority to review and recommend County Board matters concerning Zoning, Re-Zoning, Conditional Use Permits, Preliminary & Final Plats, Ordinance changes/modifications, and Comprehensive Planning, including land use recommendations.

The Board of Adjustment has the exclusive authority to review variance requests of the Zoning Ordinance adopted by Rice County, hold public hearings, and make final decisions granting or denying the requested variances from the Zoning Ordinance.

Membership & Terms

The Planning Commission & Board of Adjustment consists of five (5) members appointed by the County Board, representing an even distribution of geographic areas in the County. The term of each member shall be for three (3) years. Each member may be eligible for reappointment, but not more than three (3) consecutive three (3) year terms.   Meetings are held once a month or at the call of the Chairperson. Members are compensated in an amount set by the County Board.

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