Todd County Planning and Zoning is in the process of conducting updates to the Planning and Zoning Ordinance.

Recently, five items went before the Planning Commission to hear public comments about the proposed ordinance changes. The commission will continue to review the proposed changes until a recommendation is developed to present to the Todd County Board of Commissioners.

The most significant ordinance change that recently passed was an increase to the peak height of accessory structures in shoreland zoning. Shoreland zoning consists of the first 1,000 feet from the ordinary high water level of any lake and 300 feet from a river or stream. Previously, there was an 18-foot peak height cap for accessory structures that were located in shoreland zoning.

The recommendation from the commission was to increase the peak height of accessory structures to 25 feet as long as all setbacks were being met. In the event a setback is not met, the cap of 18 feet would still exist.

Additional amendments will be coming before the Planning Commission in the future. Planning Commission meetings are held the first Thursday of each month.

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Todd County leaders encourage citizens of Todd County to keep an eye out in the legal newspaper for the public notice of these meetings and also encourage public participation. Input from the public is important to the planning process.

In addition to amendments, the Planning Commission also reviews applications for conditional use permits, proposed developments, rezoning requests, and other items that require a public hearing prior to issuance of a permit. The Planning Commission consists of a five-member board that is appointed by the county commissioners, one representative from each commissioner district. There are also at-large alternates to the board to fill in on an as needed basis.

If you are interested in learning more about the Planning Commission or about the upcoming ordinance amendments, contact the Todd County Planning and Zoning Office at 320-732-4420.