Olmsted County Planning Department




The Olmsted County Planning Department is comprised of the following five (5) areas:


Handles department accounting and finance; administers programs and grants; provides clerical support; analyzes and distributes Census and other demographic data; assists with strategic planning and provides clerical support to the department.

Analysis Planning and Policy

Provides long range planning for Olmsted County, Oronoco Township and others upon their request. Plans include land use, transportation (transit, highway, bicycle, pedestrian, parking and regional trail, infrastructure, open space, housing, and hazard mitigation. 

Transportation planning for the Rochester Metropolitan Area (all of Olmsted County) is carried out through the Rochester Olmsted Council of Governments (ROCOG), a multi-governmental group created by the Governor of Minnesota under federal law. ROCOG is charged with preparing and adopting a Long-Range Transportation Plan covering all modes of surface passenger transportation (highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian), highway modes of freight transportation, and connections with other transportation modes (rail and air).

Other transportation planning done by the Olmsted County Planning Department is primarily in the area of corridor and sub-area studies, special transit/rail studies, and other special reports done with, or for, the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Current Development Planning

Works with the public, Olmsted County Board, Townships, Planning/Environmental Commissions, and Boards to administer development ordinances. These ordinances address land development, flood plain, shoreland, wetlands, soil erosion, nuisance complaints. 

Environmental Safety

Administers the State building code and reviews building permits; administers sub-surface sewage treatment systems and well codes; reviews water supply and sewage.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Maintains GIS data/maps (parcels, streets, railroads, utilities, land use, zoning, VCOP zones, school attendance areas, census, land cover, flood plains, geology, soils, streams, sinkholes, springs, wetlands, wells, etc.) Olmsted County's E911 Addressing, and Roadway Network Data Base.