Land Use

Southwest Regional Development Commission works with local units of government, businesses and area residents to implement policies protecting the natural environment of 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 kind of business plan for a 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 in the city, 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.

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 the cities of Lake Wilson, Marshall, Lynd, Russell, Redwood Falls
  • Local water management plans (see Environment)
  • Hazard Mitigation plans for all 9 counties in Southwest Minnesota


  • Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association (MnAPA)
  • Minnesota Association of County Planning & Zoning Administrators (MACPZA)

For more information on Planning & Zoning, contact Development Planner Drew Hage or 507-836-1633.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
A geographic information system, or GIS, integrates hardware, software, and data to analyze and display geographically referenced information. 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 to assist in your planning projects.


  • Minnesota Geospatial Information Office(MnGEO)
  • Minnesota DNR Data Deli
  • Lincoln County GIS & Maps
  • Lyon County GIS Department

For more information on GIS, contact Development Planner Drew Hage