Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
City of Richfield Master Plan

Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances

HKGi has extensive experience preparing zoning and subdivision ordinances that shape growth, development and infrastructure while preserving and enhancing community assets. We involve staff, officials, property owners, civic groups, the development/design community and the general public in the process to assure community buy-in and understanding.

We use illustrations, charts and tables to enhance clarity and efficiently communicate the regulation intent and details. We also build in flexibility to allow for creative design solutions while still retaining control to assure quality and conformance with the ordinance intent.

The result of our commitment to communications and hands-on approach is a successful track record of traditional and non-traditional zoning and subdivision ordinance approaches. Some examples of the regulatory tools we have helped create include:

  • Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances Golden Valley, MN: developed ordinance amendments to address concerns about the impact of new subdivisions on existing neighborhoods, including minimum lot area requirements for new subdivisions in large lot neighborhoods, tree preservation, lot size, irregular lot shape, house-to-lot relationship, and planned unit developments.
  • Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Zoning Ordinance Eden Prairie, MN: developed new TOD zoning districts for the City's five planned light rail transit (LRT) stations, including TOD-Mixed Use, TOD-Residential, and TOD-Employment.
  • Zoning Ordinance Amendments Mound, MN: development of amendments to reflect current state law, market trends and community desires such as non-conforming structures, corner lot designations, shoreland overlay districts, parking standards, secondhand goods stores, breweries and brewpubs, and urban agriculture.
  • Outdoor Lighting Ordinance St. Louis Park, MN: a major rewrite of ordinance now better controls light pollution by including standards that require use of current lighting technologies.
  • Downtown Sign Ordinance Chaska, MN: a major update of ordinance to add zoning standards for a broader range of downtown-appropriate sign types.
  • Urban Village Zoning District Woodbury, MN: a special district designed to implement a mixed-use urban village master plan that emphasizes development form and land use.
  • Northwest Area PUD Overlay District Inver Grove Heights, MN: a stormwater and low impact development (LID) based overlay district.
  • Mixed Use Districts Richfield, MN: a zoning approach along I-494 that emphasizes development form over use.
  • Gladstone Neighborhood Form Based Code Approach Maplewood, MN: a zoning approach to implement redevelopment for a neighborhood district.
  • Infill Lot Housing Compatibility Standards Bloomington, MN: zoning standards that address how new, oversized housing like McMansions impact established neighborhoods.
  • Tree Preservation and Landscaping Standards Bloomington, MN: zoning standards that preserve and establish sustainable landscape elements.
  • Bluff Creek Overlay Chanhassen, MN: an overlay district that protects and preserves natural resources, viewsheds, and water quality.
  • Downtown Zoning Districts Minneapolis, MN: revisions to downtown zoning standards designed to facilitate implementation of the Downtown East/North Loop Master Plan.
  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Districts Apple Valley, MN: special districts around transit stations that encourage walkable development forms, densities, and uses that are supportive of transit.
  • Town Center Zoning Districts Eden Prairie, MN: special districts that help realize a town center master plan by emphasizing both form and function.