Planning & Zoning

Planning for the City of St. Michael is guided by a Comprehensive Plan and implemented with zoning and subdivision ordinances. These plans and ordinances provide for orderly development and redevelopment of the City, while protecting the health, safety, and general welfare of residents and businesses. If you have questions about planning or zoning activities, please call City Hall at 763-497-2041.

Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan serves as a vision statement for the City of St. Michael that anticipates and guides change for 10+ years. The Plan includes long-range goals, policies, and plans related to Land Use, Transportation, Housing, Infrastructure, and Parks. The Plan is continually reviewed and updated to reflect changing conditions. The City's Land Use Plan and Phasing Map are located on the link in the right-hand column.

The Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances regulate uses and structures throughout the City and provide for general development standards. The ordinances provide answers to questions such as; How close can my shed be to the property line? How many parking stalls do I need to provide for my business? and Where can I install a fence in my yard? For information on a specific issue, contact City Hall or search the City's Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances using the link in the right-hand column.

Recent Ordinance Amendments

  • Ordinance 1605 - Amends the ordinance to opt-out of the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, Section 462.3593 which permits and regulates temporary health care dwellings; clarifies language for eligible lots of record in the A-1 Zoning District; adds lot depth to the residential lot  and building requirements table, amends the sign ordinance to allow dynamic display sign in the Industrial Zoning District, increase the maximum sign area allowed for a dynamic display sign on freestanding signs and deletes accessory buildings regulations in the A-2 Zoning District.

  • Ordinance 1606 - Amends Section 155.073 to allow roof-mounted solar energy systems to be visible from the public right-of-way.
  • Ordinance 1607 - Amends Table IV:  Zoning Map Amendments of the City's ordinance.
  • Ordinance 1608 - Adds regulations for predatory offender residency restrictions.
  • Ordinance 1609 - Adopting the Fee Schedule for 2017.
  • Ordinance 1701 - Amends the Fee Schedule to add Pressure Reducing Valve.
  • Ordinance 1702 - Amends Chapter 110 relating to On-sale Sunday Liquor Sales and adding a strong Beer/Wine License.
  • Ordinance 1703 - Amends Section 91.18 regarding construction and maintenance activity hours, revises language about open flames or fires on balconies of multi-family dwellings, adds language regulating park and recreation areas and adds requirements for exclusive use permit requirements. 
  • Ordinance 1704 - Adds language for fire protection and emergency response fees,parking of commercial vehicles, revising language to include shrubs in the right-of-way as a public nuisance, establishing new easements for lot line adjustments or lot combinations as determined by the city engineer, amends the definition of an accessory building, adds a definition of an irregular lot, relocates language allowing recreational vehicles to be used as dwelling units for 14 days per calendar year, adds language to the accessory building table that structures cannot be placed in drainage and utility easements, reorganizes language regarding off-drive parking and driveways, amends language regulating the maximum amount of impervious surface in a front yard of a residential lot, adding language requiring driveway areas leading to an off-drive parking area to be surfaced with concrete, bituminous or asphalt, adding parking requirements for medical/Dental facilities and personal business services, adding indoor motor vehicle sales as a permitted use in the industrial zoning district, adding regulations for mini-storage facilities located on parcels identified in the state highway standard sections, adding minimum lot depth, minimum floor area and unit width in the agricultural zoning district, adding minimum lot depth in the residential zoning district and diagram of an irregular shaped lot, revising language for averaging of wetland buffer strips, amending the structure setback on sewered lots classified as river or stream, adding definition of a sandwich board sign, adding language prohibiting campaign signs on public property and regulations for sandwich board signs, adding language to allow one commercial sign in the agricultural district, amending the size and height of a monument sign in the public institutional zoning district, deleting language regulating the number of temporary sign permits allowed per year and minimum days displayed, adding language allowing an additional 30 days for temporary sign for a business grand opening and design standards for temporary signs.
  • Ordinance 1706 - Amends the St. Michael Code, Chapter 96 relating to Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants by adding and amending definitions, removing license requirements for solicitors, adding registration requirements for solicitors, amending the maximum days allowed per registration from 2 weeks to yearly, adding language exempting tax-exempt non-profit, charitable, religious, educational organization and holders of conditional use permits from licensing requirements and reorganizing and amending language for prohibited activities.
  • Ordinance 1707 - Amends Chapter 39.02 of the City Code to adopt updated 2018 fees, to be effective January 1, 2018

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on requests for subdivisions, commercial/industrial site plans, conditional use permits, rezonings, and Comprehensive Plan amendments. The Planning Commission does have authority to approve or deny variance requests without Council action. The seven-member Planning Commission consists of St. Michael residents that are appointed by the City Council. The current Planning Commission members include Chair Brian Mielke, Commission Members Joe Eull, Steve Flaten, Eric Hamilton, Tom Hamilton, and Kyle Hartnett and Jolene Nelson.  The Planning Commission meets regularly on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Zoning Code Enforcement
The purpose of St. Michael’s code enforcement is to provide a clear and consistent process for the investigation, notification, and correction of code violations.  The goal of code enforcement is to seek voluntary compliance with the requirements of the City’s Ordinances, which provide for the maintenance of a high quality of life in the community and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens.

The following are examples of issues not enforced by the St. Michael’s City Code, and are considered civil issues.  You may wish to contact someone who can offer you legal advice regarding these issues. 


  • Property line disputes
  • Blocking of private views
  • Tree roots and/or overhanging trees on private properties.
  • Private covenants

Click on the document below to learn more about the City's Code Enforcement Policy.