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Zoning Ordinance Update Project

The City of Bloomington is undergoing a multi-year effort to update its Zoning Ordinance and related City Code provisions. The current Zoning Ordinance was largely written in the 1950s and has, until recently, never been comprehensively updated. The overall project is divided into many smaller subprojects.  Each year, the City completes several subprojects.  As the update occurs, text is transitioned from Chapter 19 to Chapter 21 of the City Code.

The following projects are underway at this time:

Chicken Standards Update

Revising the City’s nearly 10-year old standards related to raising chickens is one of the tasks included on the 2019 Planning Commission Work Plan. Staff has evaluated the standards and will present three potential code amendments to consider related to setbacks, screening, and composting. Staff is seeking Planning Commission feedback during a study session scheduled after the regular meeting on April 4 before drafting a proposed code amendment.

The staff report outlining potential code amendments can be found here:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Michael Palermo at or (952) 563-8924.  This site will be updated regularly as we continue to move to a formally adopted ordinance. 

Proposed Rezoning of 98th Street and Lyndale Avenue

The City is proposing to rezone eight parcels from B-2 General Business to B-4 Neighborhood Commercial. The proposed rezonings were identified in the recently adopted 98th Street Station Area Plan and are consistent with the Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The proposed rezonings are intended to allow for more transit supportive development to meet the changing needs of 98th Street Station Area (half mile radius from 98th Street Station).  Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for March 7 and the City Council public hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 1.  Background information about the rezonings proposed in the 98th Street Station Area Plan can be found here: BLM.MN/98thStreetSAPRezoning

Recreational Vehicle Ordinance update

On April 1, 2019, the City Council adopted the following ordinance modifying parking and storage standards and approval processes for recreational vehicles.

PDF icon Ordinance adopted 04012019

Accessory Dwelling Units Update

Staff is proposing several modifications to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance that are intended to make the creation of an ADU more feasible for some home owners. Proposed changes to the ADU performance standards pertain to minimum site size, off-street parking requirements, and the proportionate size of an ADU. The draft ordinance is linked below. The Planning Commission recommended approval at the February 14, 2019, public hearing meeting and will move to the City Council as a public hearing on March 25, 2019.  If you have any questions, contact Nick Johnson, Planner, at 952-563-8925 or

PDF icon ADU_Draft_Ordinance 011719.pdf

Completed updates