Land Use Training and Education Program

The Basics of Planning and Zoning

When and Where:

  • Thursday, June 8 - Owatonna, Owatonna Public Utilities Building, 208 Walnut Ave S.
  • Tuesday, June 13 - St. Paul, The League of MN Cities, 145 University Ave. W.
  • Thursday, June 22 - Little Falls, Initiative Foundation, 405 1st St. SE

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Check-in begins at 8:30 am)

Fee: $150 (includes lunch and materials)

This workshop covers the nuts & bolts of planning, zoning & subdivision regulation. Participants will learn how planning and zoning is developed, where they fit into the process, and how the different "players" can maximize their impact. Among topics to be addressed are:

  • The history, how the system has gotten to where it is today, the authority and limits to planning and zoning, and the connection to public health
  • The basic land use and zoning tools: comprehensive plans, zoning and subdivision ordinances, amendments, permits, enforcement
  • Legal basics: avoiding litigation, what is "due process," what is a taking, conducting public hearings, making findings of fact, and the 60-day rule
  • Who participates in the planning & zoning process; YOUR role, responsibilities and opportunities
  • Hands-on simulations of actual planning and zoning dilemmas
  • Hot issues, answers to your questions

Audience: Designed for those new to land use planning or interested in a review of the fundamentals.



Anita Archambeau has been with the City of Sartell since 2003. She is currently its Community Development/Assistant City Administrator. In this position Anita plans, organizes and implements programs and activities to accomplish established city goals relating to planning, zoning and economic development. She also provides primary staff support to the city's Planning Commission and Economic Development Commission. Prior to joining the Sartell staff Anita was a consulting planner for Dahlgren, Shardlow and Uban and also served planner for the cities of Ramsey and Oakdale. Anita received a master's degree in urban planning from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is currently completing the requirements to obtain a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul.

Michael Couri is a partner with the law firm of Couri & Ruppe located in St. Michael. Couri & Ruppe represents nine cities and 180 townships throughout the State. Mike received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1988. He has been practicing in municipal law for 25 years and is currently the City Attorney for the cities of Albertville, Avon, Howard Lake, Rice Lake, Rockford and St. Augusta. Mike has recently served as President of the Minnesota City Attorneys Association.

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