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City of Orono, Minnesota
The Lakeshore City

Zoning Ordinance Amendments
The City Council and Planning Commission continually reviews city ordinances to ensure they further the goals of the community.  The City has recently passed and is currently reviewing many proposed ordinances, including:
Future Ordinance being considered
  • Rental licensing and short term rental prohibition
  • Person Watercraft regulations on Long Lake
  • Accessory structure setbacks
  • Subdivision requirements
  • Wetland regulations, reduce the setback from the wetland edge.
Ordinances approved in 2017
  •  Fees.  The application fees for zoning applications (Variances, Conditional Use Permits, subdivisions, etc.) was reduced.  
  • Setbacks in non-conforming lots.  (17-3925) An Ordinance was approved on July 10  reducing the side yard setbacks for many non-conforming lots, and the side street setbacks.  The goal with these changes is to reduce the need for a variance.
  • Zone change for Public Schools (17-3941)  The City Council approved an ordinance that establishes schools as a permitted use in the RR-1B zoning district, if the lot is greater than 15 acres.  The intent here is to eliminate the need for the school district to get a conditional use permit for every minor improvement.  Sports lighting would require a conditional use permit.
  • Accessory Structures in side yard setbacks. (17-3894)  This ordinance allows small planters, retaining walls, and similar structures less than 2 feet in height within the setback.  
  •  Structural Coverage (17-3896)  Structural coverage limits have been adjusted for lots between 10,000 sq ft and 2 acres, allowing 20% structural coverage.  For lots less than 10,000 sq ft, structural coverage limits is raised to 2,000 sq ft.  Also, what is considered "structural coverage" was adjusted, to only include roofed structures.
  •  Permitting process.  The permitting process has been modified through ordinances related to surveys (17-3920) and escrow agreements (17-3921), intended to make the application process less expensive for most projects.
  •  Lot Line adjustments, (17-3923) the process of adjusting common boundary lines got easier for non-conforming lots.  
  •  Exemptions for government signs (17-3926) was approved, allowing the city, county, and state to place signs in their right of way.  
  •  Wetland regulations.  (17-3922) Changes to wetland delineations were approved, primarily which projects require delineations.  No changes to the setbacks were approved, though this item will be reviewed later this fall.  
Keep an eye on this section and the Planning Commission/ Council agendas for more updates to our City Codes.  

Contact Information

City of Orono, 2750 Kelley Parkway, Orono, MN 55356 - Main (952) 249-4600 - Fax (952) 249-4616