The Planning and Zoning Office evaluates and regulates development in the City as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan, Growth Area Plans, Moorhead City Code, metropolitan policies, and State Statutes. It provides staff services to the City Council, Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment, Oakport Joint Powers Board and Airport Committee.
The Planning Office responds to inquiries about the use of land and physical development from residents, developers, businesses, realtors and others – including information on the Comprehensive Plan, zoning and subdivision regulations, demographic trends, and development possibilities.
- Zoning and Subdivision Development Information
- Long Range Planning
- Annexation Resources
- Application Forms
- Related information
Growth Area Plans
The City of Moorhead recently initiated the development of Growth Area Plans for future growth areas. This project will be led by the City's consultant, Stantec, together with representatives of the City's Planning Office.
These Growth Area Plans are intended to designate land uses within these areas to ensure future development is connected to the larger community. These plans will provide a road map for long range future development of the city.
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Hjemkomst Center - 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN
Thursday, November 3, 2016
5:00 to 7:00 pm - Presentation at 5:30 pm
Hjemkomst Center - 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN
River Corridor Plan
After significant floods in 2009, 2010, and 2011, the City of Moorhead began several flood mitigation projects and acquisition of flood-prone properties adjacent to the Red River. As a result, a large portion of private property along the river has been transferred to public ownership. The Moorhead River Corridor Study was implemented to answer questions about the use of this public land and to develop a plan to guide future management and maintenance of the river corridor, balancing community needs, flood mitigation, transportation, recreation, public/private property, and natural resource preservation and restoration.
There were two phases to the River Corridor Study.
- Phase I, led by FM Metro COG, was completed in April 2013 and identified the needs and issues related to the River Corridor as well as documented existing conditions, summarized public input, outlined limitations along the River Corridor, and presented a range of needs and opportunities identified by the public, residents, and staff.
- The Final River Corridor Plan and Executive Summary were approved by the Mayor and City Council on May 12th, 2014. The River Corridor Plan is Phase II of the study and establishes policies and strategy alternatives that can be used to address the issues, needs and opportunities identified along the River Corridor. Thank you to everyone who participated in the River Corridor Planning process!
Since approval of the River Corridor Plan in May of 2014, there have been numerous projects that have been completed or are underway along the River Corridor, including:
- Downtown Link Trail (Reconstruction and Realignment) and Homestead Trail selected by the Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission for Legacy Grant Award for $660,600.
- Blue Goose Trail selected to receive $360,000 in funding (MnDOT District 4 Transportation Alternative Program)
- MB Johnson Park selected by the Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission for a 2017 Legacy Grant Award for $1,299,000
- Gooseberry off-road trails courtesy of FM Trailbuilders
- Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative - N River Dr and Riverview Cir S locations
- Adopt the Red Volunteer Program
- Collaboration with River Keepers, including: canoe/kayak rentals, paddling excursions, Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Grant, Storm Drain Marking Program, Red River Water Festival, adopt programs, community education and outreach events, 800 tree plantings, and downtown and on-the-water litter pick up
- Construction of 150 person park shelter – MB Johnson Park
- River Corridor Plan - 2015 American Planning Association - MN Chapter Award Winner
- Transportation Alternative Program – grant application for Blue Goose Trail (application denied)
- Audubon Society Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative
- Heritage Gardens and Amphitheater of Moorhead at Woodlawn Park
- Sale of River corridor remnant parcels
- Pavement rehabilitation - downtown trails
- MB Johnson Park Improvements Grant Application - Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission
- Installation of High Water mark signs - multiple locations
- Collaboration with River Keepers, including: canoe/kayak rentals and paddling events, Earth Partnership Grant, storm drain markings, invasive species removal, Water Festival, litter pickup, community education and outreach events, 1,200 tree plantings, and Bike Patrol
- Stripe bike lanes along 11 Street N from 15 Ave to 28 Ave N (Clay County)
- Private/public property delineation signage
- Legacy Trails Grant Applications – Blue Goose and Downtown Link Trails and MB Johnson Phase III Projects (applications denied)
- Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission – application to request Regionally Significant Park/Trail
- Collaboration with River Keepers, including: storm drain markings, Water Festival, litter pickup, community education and outreach events, tree plantings, and Bike Patrol