The City of Wadena Planning Commission directly advises staff and officials regarding rezoning decisions, platting of lots and the layout and naming of streets. The commission also makes recommendations about the layout of public infrastructure, the location and nature of public buildings and areas, as well as similar matters associated with the physical development of the City of Wadena.
The City Council is the Zoning Board of Appeals having the responsibility to decide on variances to the zoning ordinance and matters of appeal where it is alleged that there has been an error in the interpretation of the zoning ordinance.
The commission-board consists of seven members appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. Members serve three-year terms. There is no term limit. Members do not receive monetary compensation.
The Planning Commission holds meetings on the last Tuesday of each month if there is business scheduled to come before the Commission. Public Hearings for Conditional Use Permits, Variances, Land Use issues, etc. are held at the Planning Commission Meetings. If you have a Land Use or Building project that requires a Conditional Use Permit or a Variance, call the Planning & Zoning Director for the proper applications and processing information.
Application and Membership Requirements
The Mayor recommends applicants to the City Council based on their interest in the development of Wadena, willingness to serve and background.
Applications for the Planning Commission are available by contacting the City of Wadena City Clerk at City Administrative Offices at 222 2nd Street SE in Wadena.
Dean Uselman, Planning & Zoning Director
LeaAnn Motschenbacher, Planning & Zoning Assistant
City of Wadena
P.O. Box 30
Wadena, MN 56482