Southwest Regional Development Commission works with local units of government, businesses, community groups, and area residents to implement land management policies in our region. In addition to our work in Environment, Energy, Infrastructure, and Transportation, SRDC offers technical expertise in land use planning and development.
Planning & Zoning
A comprehensive plan is a business plan for your community. An effective comprehensive plan includes careful analysis of existing conditions and trends, presents a clear vision of the community's future, and identifies specific policies, strategies and actions to achieve that vision. The comprehensive plan also provides the legal basis for land use regulation, such as zoning and subdivision ordinances.
Southwest Regional Development Commission has experience working with local units of government, private employers and non-profit organizations across Southwest Minnesota. We regularly work with counties, townships and cities to facilitate and manage land use planning and development regulations, from subdivision and zoning ordinances to redevelopment and transportation plans.
Whether you need an in-depth qualitative and quantitative profile of your jurisdiction, or a streamlined, focused kitchen-table English strategic plan, SRDC can help you meet to the unique needs of your community.
Recently Completed Plans & Studies
Cottonwood County Comprehensive Plan
Jackson County Comprehensive Plan Update
Lincoln County Development Plan & Zoning Ordinance (and update)
Murray County Comprehensive Plan
Nobles County Comprehensive Plan
Pipestone County Comprehensive Plan
City of Pipestone Comprehensive Plan
Land use maps for cities such as Lake Wilson, Lynd, Marshall, Redwood Falls, Russell
Local water management plans
Hazard Mitigation plans for all 9 counties in Southwest Minnesota
For more information on Planning & Zoning, contact Development Planner John Shepard.
Census, Demographics, and Geographic Information Services (GIS)
There is a wide variety of demographic and economic data available online now. SRDC is a Census Data Center, and we can help you navigate the web of public data sources to find what you, when you need it.
Geographic information services, or GIS, integrate hardware, software, and data to analyze and display geographically referenced information in an integrated geographic information system. Using this geodata technology helps to see information on the ground and visualize relationships, trends and patterns to improve decision-making. SRDC has the capacity to use ESRI ArcMap systems with public data to assist in your planning projects.
For more information on GIS and demographic analysis, contact Development Planner Drew Hage at DrewH@swrdc.org