Each of the seven regular Planning Commission
members have equal voting privileges. Any member may
be removed by a four-fifths (4/5) vote of the City Council.
A quorum consists of at least five regular members.
Generally the Planning Commission has
the powers and duties given to the city planning agencies
by law. The purpose of the Planning Commission is to
prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan for the physical
development of the city, including proposed public buildings,
street arrangements and improvements, efficient design
of major thoroughfares for moving of traffic, parking
facilities, public utilities services, parks and playgrounds,
a general land use plan and other matters relating to
the physical development of the City.
Upon adoption of a comprehensive plan
or any section, the Planning Commission recommends to
the City Council reasonable and practical means for
putting into effect the plan or section to serve as
a pattern and guide for the orderly physical development
of the City and as a basis for judging the timely disbursements
of funds to implement the objective. Means of effectuating
the plan consists of a zoning ordinance, subdivision
regulations, capital improvement programming and technical
review and recommendations referred to the Planning
Commission by the City Council.
The Planning Commission:
- Takes part in public hearings relating to
the Zoning Ordinance and report recommendations
to the City Council.
- Makes recommendation in relation to the subdividing
of land to the City Council.
- Reviews all variance applications (power
of Board of Appeals as provided in M.S. 462.357)
and forwards with or without recommendation
to City Council.
- Reviews and decides on all sign applications.