Planning Commission & Board of Adjustment

Planning Commission

Oct. 6, 2022 meeting update:

This meeting will be conducted as a hybrid meeting with board members and county staff attending in person.

Any applicants or guests who wish to attend in person may do so, but there is an option to attend the meeting via Zoom. For those wishing to attend in-person, the meeting will be conducted at the Rice County Government Services Building, in the Commissioners Board Room at 320 Third St. NW, Faribault.

Anyone attending in-person and wishing to participate in either of the meetings should come at the following times to help limit the number of people in the Board Room at one time:

  • Board of Adjustment applicants & those wishing to add public comment - 6:30 p.m.
  • Planning Commission applicants & those wishing to add public comment - 7 p.m.

To view the meeting via Zoom:
Access by computer: Register at
Access by phone: Call 507-332-6030 or toll free options – 877-853-5247, 888-788-0099, 833-548-0276 or 833-548-0282 
Meeting ID: 848-9944-1821

Regular meetings

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • First Thursday of the month (in 2022, the July meeting moved to June 30 and the August meeting moves to July 28)
  • Rice County Government Services Building
    Commissioners Room
    320 Third St. NW
    Faribault, MN 55021


  • Preston Bauer
  • Jill Ellingson
  • Charlie Peters
  • Julia Hogan

  • Michael Streiff III
  • Jeff Docken, Commissioner representative
  • Steve Underdahl, Commissioner representative, alternate

Agendas & minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View the most recent agendas and minutes.


The Rice County Board of Commissioners appoints resident representatives to serve on the Rice County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. The membership, terms and functions are set by Minnesota Statutes 394.27 and 394.30, respectively.


The Planning Commission has the authority to review and recommend to the county Board matters concerning zoning, rezoning, conditional use permits, preliminary and 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 and Board of Adjustment consists of five members serving three-year terms. They are appointed by the Board of Commissioners and represent an even distribution of geographic areas in the county. Members may be eligible for reappointment, but may not serve more than three consecutive three-year terms. Meetings are held once a month or at the call of the chair. Members are compensated in an amount set by the Board of Commissioners.