Application Forms, Instructions And Fees

City of Waseca Planning & Zoning Fees Code Amendment Application Conditional Use Permit Application

Planned Unit Development How to Apply Rezoning Application Sign Permit Application Subdivisions

Fillable Application – Vacation of Easement/Right of Way Variance Application

Building Permit The Subdivision and Zoning elements of the Land Usage Regulations are the core of the City of Waseca’s development approval process.  All land within the City is subject to the zoning district and standards established within these Ordinances, which establish standards for each zoning district including types of permitted, conditional or accessory uses allowed; minimum lot dimensions and setbacks; and development standards related to parking, site design, landscaping, and signage. When a property owner or developer undertakes to develop property in Waseca, various processes must be completed to ensure the project is properly and legally coordinated. The various processes that may apply to a project include:

  • Subdivision or Platting
    • Rezoning
    • Planned Unit Development
    • Conditional Use Permit
    • Variance
    • Site Plan Review

The Community Development Department has developed a Development Review and Approval Process which can generally be applied to all required processes. Pre-application Meeting The first step in any development process is a pre-application meeting between the property owner/ developer and City Staff. At this meeting Staff and the developer, including the developer’s representatives such as engineer, surveyor, architect, etc., review and discuss preliminary project details. This is an early opportunity to identified project goals, zoning and land use requirements and standards, and the required review and approval process/s.  It is also at this time that opportunities and challenges associated with the project are preliminarily identified. Complicated or controversial projects will likely require more than one such meeting. Application and Formal Submittal Based on discussion during the pre-application phase, the developer prepares and submits more detailed and formal plans for the project and, if required, makes application for land use or zoning approval/s. The information submitted at this stage is detailed enough for the project to proceed through the formal review and approval process. Community Development Staff reviews the information provided and distributes it to the various City departments for review and comment. Review by the Development Review Committee For larger or more complex projects, the Community Development Director calls a meeting of the Development Review Committee (DRC), which is comprised of staff members from the various city departments that have an interest in land use and zoning issues.  The Community Development Director introduces each request and provides a summary presentation of the main elements of the project.  The Committee compares the proposed development to the City’s land use, zoning, engineering, and other standards, and members ask questions and make comments regarding the project, based on each member’s specific area of expertise.  The Committee makes recommendations regarding plan modifications, conditions of approval, and whether the project should be approved or denied. After review of a proposal by the DRC, comments and recommendations are communicated by the Community Development Director to the developer. Any required plan revisions are made by the developer and submitted to the City, along with any additional information requested by the DRC.  There may be additional meetings between the developer and staff during this time. If necessary, a second DRC review occurs. If a project only requires a sketch or a site plan review, once updated plans are submitted to and approved by the Community Development Director, the developer can apply for a building permit. If a project requires other land use or zoning approvals, e.g. plat, variance, conditional use permit, the application proceeds to the Planning Commission. Planning Commission-Additional Process Involved The Community Development Director prepares a detailed report for the Planning Commission, including all necessary attachments as provided by the developer.  The report will describe the proposed project in detail and analyze the appropriateness of the requested land use action on the property and in the neighborhood, provide a recommendation to approve or deny the request, provide recommended conditions for approval if applicable, and make findings of fact related to the recommended course of action.  A copy of the report will be provided to the developer and any other interested parties upon their request. The Planning Commission conducts a public hearing and discusses the request based on its land use and zoning implications and merits; adopts a recommendation to approve or deny the request based on supporting findings of fact related to the recommended course of action; and adopts recommended conditions of approval, if applicable.  The Planning Commission’s recommendation is forwarded to the City Council for formal action. City Council Action The Community Development Director prepares a memorandum summarizing the proposed project and request, public input from the public hearing, and the Planning Commission’s findings and recommendation.  In addition, a resolution or ordinance, the formal instruments that convey decisions by the City Council on land use and zoning requests, is drafted as recommended by the Planning Commission. At a regular business meeting, the City Council discusses the request and either approves, conditionally approves, or denies the request.  If an ordinance is required to approve the request, the City Council will hold a public hearing.  A signed copy of the resolution or ordinance conveying the decision of the City Council is provided to the developer. The resolution or ordinance is recorded with the Waseca County Recorder’s Office. Building Permit Upon approval of a land use or zoning request by the City Council, the developer may apply for a building permit for the project.  A building permit application must be accompanied by the site development and landscape plan, building elevations, building plans and any other information or plans required by Staff.  Once the developer submits a complete building permit application and associated plans and documents, the plans and a building permit application are reviewed and approved by the Building Official.