Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals  


Third Thursday of each month
6 p.m.

City Hall
Council Chambers
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Agendas and minutes

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Name Title Term expiration Phone number
Joe Gasior Chair December 31, 2021 507-645-1667
William Schroeer Vice Chair December 31, 2022 651-295-0860
Betsey Buckheit Member December 31, 2020 507-581-3991
Tracy Heisler Member December 31, 2021 612-787-7047
Jacob Hamalian Member December 31, 2022 202-670-3712
Greg Siems Member December 31, 2021 319-541-2246
Aaron Swoboda Member December 31, 2020 412-266-2413
Grant Boardman Youth Representative (non-voting) 2019-2020 school year Not available
Sofia Chihade Youth Representative (non-voting) 2019-2020 school year Not available
Suzie Nakasian Council Liaison   507-301-6756

Staff liaisons

Name Title Phone number
Mitzi Baker Community Development Director 507-645-3005
Mikayla Schmidt City Planner 507-645-3059


Special meetings are occasionally called, four members constitute a quorum. All Planning Commission meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live on the city website.

The functions of the Planning Commission are separate from and exclusive of the functions of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Planning Commission prepares and maintains the city's Comprehensive Plan and advises the City Council on matters regarding implementation of the plan. The commission also conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the City Council on proposed changes affecting zoning and land uses within the city, considers site plan reviews, conditional use permits, and variances in conformance to the Land Development Code. The Planning Commission forwards information gathered from these public hearings, along with their own recommendations, to the City Council for final action.

The official Land Development Code is located in the Official City Code, Chapter 34, and will be the code that rules.

Membership requirements

The Planning Commission / Zoning Board of Appeals is comprised of seven regular members who are appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Each member serves a three-year term. There is a three term limit. Members do not receive monetary compensation.


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    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057