General Development Plan

Map of General Development Plans (2.0 MB PDF)

A.   General Development Plan

  1. Purpose: Olmsted County considers vital the orderly, integrated, compatible development of the limited land area within the county. The Olmsted County General Land Use Plan establishes general land use policy. The zoning ordinance establishes detailed policies, regulations, and standards for specific areas of the county. General development plans are necessary to:
    1. Insure that the landowner and developer investigates the broad effects development of property will have on the site and also on adjacent properties and the public infrastructure;
    2. guide the future growth and development of those portions of the county identified for development in accordance with the land use plan;
    3. protect the natural, social and economic character of the county by encouraging orderly development that assures appropriate timing and sequencing;
    4. ensure that public facilities and services are available concurrent with development and will have a sufficient capacity to serve the proposed development(s);
    5. prevent the pollution of water bodies and groundwater; assure the adequacy of drainage; and establish protection for and wise management of natural resources in the county;
    6. provide for open spaces through the efficient design and layout of the land;
    7. avoid and remedy the problems associated with improperly subdivided lands, including premature subdivision and scattered subdivision.

B.   When a General Development Plan is required:

  1. A general development plan is required for any land use plan amendment, zone change, or subdivision of land requiring platting on land located within an Urban Service Area as identified in the Olmsted County Land Use Plan.
    1. A general development plan shall not be required for any portion of an area for which a general development plan has previously been approved by the Board.
    2. A general development plan may be waived by the Board based on the factors of subsection 2 (b) (1-6).
  2. In the review and approval of a proposed zoning district amendment in the Suburban Development Area, the Planning Advisory Commission and the Board shall first determine whether a general land use plan shall be required, based on the following factors:
    1. consistency with the land use plan policies;
    2. the size of the subject property and parcels adjacent thereto;
    3. the potential for street, surface water runoff and drainage system, and open space connections from the subject property to adjacent property, developed or undeveloped;
    4. the amount of undeveloped land in the vicinity and amount that borders the subject property; whether proposed development is infill development;
    5. onsite and adjacent property site characteristics including floodplain, shorelands, public waters, bluffland, sand, public streets and street pattern;
    6. adjacency to the Rochester Urban Service Area;
    7. sufficiency of public facilities and services serving the proposed development area, and appropriate timing of and location of development.
    8. The County Board of Commissioners shall have the authority to initiate a general development plan for a parcel or area located within the Rochester Urban Service Area or the Suburban Development Area as designated on the Olmsted County General Land Use Plan.
  3. A General Development Plan shall be acted on separately by the Olmsted County Planning Advisory Commission and County Board of Commissioners in accordance with the procedures of Section 4.00 Amendments. A General Development Plan and zoning map amendment may be reviewed at the same time in the hearing process. The action taken must be by separate motion of the Planning Advisory Commission or County Board of Commissioners.

C.   A General Development Plan should include:

  1. all current parcels proposed for subdivision and development under the rezoning;
  2. all other parcels abutting the property proposed for rezoning or within one half mile of the boundaries of the property proposed for rezoning located within the urban service area, urban reserve area, or the suburban development area as delineated on the land use plan;
  3. all adjacent lands under the same ownership as the owner or applicant proposing the rezoning; and,
  4. all parcels needed to provide access to public roads.

D.  The following physical and planning factors should be addressed in an General Development Plan:

  1. existing and proposed land uses, densities, and general lot sizes and location;
  2. transportation and other infrastructure systems internal to the planning area, including the street pattern and connections to the external street network and shared water supply and sewage treatment systems;
  3. the surface water drainage system;
  4. the open space system that may include natural resource lands (unique habitat, sensitive lands (shorelands, wetlands, floodplain, steep slopes, sinkhole concentrations and other features dependent on the site); and,
  5. the schedule for development of infrastructure.

E.  In the review of a General Development Plan, the Planning Advisory Commission and the Board of Commissioners shall make findings indicating that:

  1. proposed land uses are in accordance with the Olmsted County General Land Use Plan and zoning map;
  2. the street pattern is appropriate to serve properties under consideration;
  3. the proposal makes provision for planned capital improvements and streets based on the county capital improvement plan and Thoroughfare Plan;
  4. the proposal makes adequate provision for surface water drainage, soil erosion control, water supply, and sewage treatment, consistent with State law and rule and County or Township ordinance;
  5. the lot, block and street layout is consistent with the General Land Use Plan use, development, and resource management policy, and subdivision design principles;
  6. unique natural resource features and sensitive areas are protected through the open space provisions and appropriate lot layout;
  7. development will occur in an orderly fashion; and
  8. connecting roads are adequate to handle projected traffic, or provision has been made to correct deficiencies