Development Regulations

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Kathleen Castle, City Planner
Phone: 651.490.4682 | E-mail Kathleen

The City's Development Code delineates the activities allowed in each of the Development Districts, the locations of which are shown on the Zoning map. Provided below is a brief description of each District and a link to the Development Code regulations, Section 205 of the City Code , can be found here. The City is divided into:

Business districts

These areas have been established to provide suitable locations for commercial, office and business park development. The Shoreview Development Code specifies general regulations for these Business Districts in the Business District Overview.

  1. The Limited Retail Service District (C1A) is intended to provide areas to serve the convenience retail and personal service needs of nearby residents.

  2. The Retail Service District (C1) is intended to provide areas to serve the entire community, as well as persons from nearby. Retail, personal service, indoor recreation, restaurant and office uses are permitted.

  3. The General Commercial District (C2) is intended to cater to visitors. These areas are located on an arterial roadway. Uses permitted include motor vehicle fuel, service and sales, convenience retail, restaurant, and motel/hotels.

  4. The Office District (OFC) is intended to provide suitable areas for office environments and thereby incorporate job opportunities within the City.

  5. The Business Park District (BP) is intended to provide areas suitable for low intensity office, light industrial and supporting commercial services.

industrial district
The Industrial District (I) has been established to provide an area for industrial and related uses. These areas provide space for development and concentration of industrial uses, as well as open space for separation. Site planning, landscape design and architecture standards are high for this District.
Residential districts
These Development regulations have been designed to insure utilities are available to all residential properties, to maintain appropriate densities, to provide a diversity of housing opportunities, and to provide a safe housing environment. For a summary of general regulations, which includes those for fences and swimming pools, please refer to the Residential District Overview.
  1. The Residential Estate District (RE) provides for single-dwelling neighborhoods where lot areas are substantially larger than required in the R1 District. These areas are typically wooded with large mature trees and other natural features.
  2. The Detached Residential District (R1) provides for single-family residential development at reasonable density.
  3. The Attached Residential District (R2) provides for medium density residential development. In addition to detached housing, buildings with 2 - 6 residential units are permitted.
  4. The Multiple Dwelling Residential District (R3) permits higher density residential development, where buildings of 6 or more residential units are permitted.
  5. The Mobile Home Residential District (R4) permits establishment of mobile home parks.
special districts
Several Special Districts have also been established. These Districts provide flexibility in review, creativity in design, and techniques to address difficult conditions which exist in undeveloped land:
  1. The Flood Plain Management Ordinance defines an overlay District for flood hazard areas.
  2. The Planned Unit Development Zoning District (PUD) provides an alternate form of land subdivision, providing flexibility in design and review, yet retaining consistency with the densities outlined in the City's Comprehensive Plan.
  3. The Open Space District (OS) identifies those properties which are part of the Ramsey County Open Space System.
  4. The Urban Underdeveloped District (UND) identifies those properties which remain substantially underdeveloped.
  5. The Telecommunications Overlay District provides regulations for the establishment of telecommunications facilities within the City.
  6. Finally, the City's Shoreland Management regulations apply to all properties located within 1,000 feet of a protected water body. These requirements protect the lakes and streams located within the City from overcrowding, pollution, and other undesirable conditions, while maintaining property values, views and the natural character of the shorelines.
tower district
The Tower District (T) is intended to provide areas for the location of broadcast towers and accessory structures and equipment.

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