Zoning District Descriptions

A zoning district may be either a primary district or an overlay district.

The current districts are outlined briefly below. For more information on the definitions and requirements associated with each district, please consult the Municipal Code, Title 20.

Primary Zoning Districts

A primary district is any of several residence, office residence, commercial, downtown, or industrial districts. All property within the city is included within a primary zoning district. In the municipal code, these districts are described in chapters 546-550.

Residence Districts

  • R1 – Single-family District (low density)
  • R1A – Single-family District (low density)
  • R2 – Two-family District (low density)
  • R2B – Two-family District (low density)
  • R3 – Multiple-family District (medium density)
  • R4 – Multiple-family District (medium density)
  • R5 – Multiple-family District (high density)
  • R6 – Multiple-family District (high density)

Office Residence Districts

  • OR1 – Neighborhood Office Residence District
  • OR2 – High Density Office Residence District
  • OR3 – Institutional Office Residence District

Commercial Districts

  • C1 – Neighborhood Commercial District
  • C2 – Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District
  • C3A – Community Activity Center District
  • C3S – Community Shopping Center District
  • C4 – General Commercial District

Downtown Districts

  • B4 – Downtown Business District
  • B4S – Downtown Service District
  • B4C – Downtown Commercial District

Industrial Districts

  • I1 – Light Industrial District
  • I2 – Medium Industrial District
  • I3 – General Industrial District

Overlay Zoning Districts

An overlay district is any of several additional districts established by the zoning regulations that may be more or less restrictive than the primary zoning district. Where a property is located within an overlay district, it is subject to the provisions of both the primary zoning district and the overlay district. Where the provisions are in conflict, the overlay district governs. In the city’s municipal code, these districts are described in chapter 551.

PO – Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District

LH – Linden Hills Overlay District

IL – Industrial Living Overlay District

TP – Transitional Parking Overlay District

SH – Shoreland Overlay District

FP – Floodplain Overlay District

MR – Mississippi River Critical Area Overlay District

DP – Downtown Parking Overlay District

B4H – Downtown Housing Overlay District

DH – Downtown Height Overlay District

NM – Nicollet Mall Overlay District

HA – Harmon Area Overlay District

NP – North Phillips Overlay District

AP – Airport Overlay District

UA – University Area Overlay District

WB – West Broadway Overlay District

Last updated March 17, 2010

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