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 the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and 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 Rochester-Olmsted 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.

As stated in the Long Range Transportation Plan, the City of Rochester has set a goal of creating a safe, convenient transportation system that encourages walking, bicycling and general traffic movement that meets the needs of all its users, regardless of transportation mode and ability. In 2009, the City adopted a Complete Streets Policy outlining considerations, objectives and responsibilities to accomplish that goal. The City Council also adopted this Policy as an element of the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Rochester. 

Current Development Planning

Works with the public, Rochester City Council, Olmsted County Board, Townships, Planning/Environmental Commissions, and Boards to administer development ordinances. These ordinances address land development, flood plain, shoreland, wetlands, soil erosion, noise, dust, odor, and airport regulations. 

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.