Edina was the first village in the State to appoint a Planning Commission - that was in 1929.

Cary Teague Community Development Director

Edina has always been a community that has recognized the importance of its past while preparing itself for the future. From its incorporation in 1888 as a milling community on the banks of the Minnehaha Creek, Edina has evolved to  be a model among municipalities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. It has been an innovator and leader in many ways as evidenced below:

  • Adoption of a comprehensive zoning ordinance in 1929, the first Minnesota village to do so.
  • Approval and construction of the County Club neighborhood in 1924, featuring contoured streets, parks, trees, and 18-hole golf course and housing with private covenants governing unit placement, architectural style and property maintenance.
  • Establishment and upgrade of the 50th & France commercial district starting in the 1930s.
  • The opening of Southdale Center in 1956 as the nation's first fully-enclosed, climate-controlled regional shopping mall -- a model that has been subsequently used throughout the country.
  • Development of Centennial Lakes and Edinborough parks, which have become contemporary models for the integration of commercial and residential land uses.

In 1957, the City hired the State's first full-time Planning Director. It was evident then, as it is now, that planning is an integral part of Edina's past and future.

Although the City is more than 98 percent developed, the Planning Division is still confronted with the challenges of continually changing land uses. Properties that are redeveloped and that are surrounded by existing established neighborhoods, services and streets require a sensitive and careful review to ensure a compatible and sensitive result. The Planning Division reviews development and redevelopment proposals with the guidance of the City's long-range Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

The Comprehensive Plan is the City’s long-range guide to how property should be developed or redeveloped.

The Zoning Ordinance defines the current rights that owners have for their properties. The Zoning Ordinance regulates many aspects of land use, such as the type of use, sign regulations, landscaping requirements, setbacks and density regulations.

Click here for zoning classification information.

Requests for zoning changes, variances, conditional use permits, subdivisions, site plans and comprehensive plan amendments require review by the Planning Commission and approval by the City Council. Planning staff serves as liaison to the Planning Commission, making recommendations on the land use issues.

A visual outline of the variance and rezoning process can be found below:

Variance Download the flowchart explaining "Can I build or do I need a variance?"
Phase 1 of Rezoning and New Development Review Process Download the flowchart on the City of Edina's Rezoning and New Development Review Process Phase 1.
Phase 2 of Rezoning and New Development Review Process Download a flowchart of the City of Edina's Rezoning and New Development Review Process Phase 2.
Phase 1 of Resident Involvement Download a flowchart of the Resident Involvement During a Request for Rezoning Phase 1.
Phase 2 of Resident Involvement Download a flowchart of the Resident Involvement During a Request for Rezoning Phase 2.


The Planning Division also performs the following functions:

  • Maintains and updates the City's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map.
  • Advises the Heritage Preservation Board.
  • Advises developers, land owners and residents about the requirements for land use, plats and zoning.
  • Administers and oversees the Community Development Block Grant Program.
  • Issues sign permits.
  • Oversees U.S. Census data.
  • Oversees Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) map information.

On a typical day, the Planning Division will:

  • Meet with developers, land owners and residents inquiring about development or redevelopment of property.
  • Review residential, commercial and industrial building plans.
  • Answer residents' inquiries regarding building setbacks, lot coverage and building height requirements.
  • Review sign permit applications and answer inquiries regarding size, location and height requirements for signage.
  • Review plans and answer inquiries regarding radio and television antennas and towers.
  • Field questions and process applications for the Community Development Block Grant Program.
  • Field questions regarding home occupations.
  • Conduct follow-up inspections and investigate complaints regarding Zoning Ordinance compliance.

Click here for a summary table of single-family residential ordinance requirements.

In a typical year, the Planning Department will:

  • Process 30 variance requests.
  • Submit to the City Council between 20 and 30 requests for subdivision, rezoning, site plan, comprehensive plan and conditional use permit approval.
  • Process 100 sign permits.
  • Administer $150,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding.

For more information, contact the Planning Department at 952-826-0369.

Planning Division
4801 W. 50th Street
Edina, MN 55424

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Zoning Map

Click here to view the interactive zoning map, or click here to view and print a PDF of the zoning map.

Construction Management Plan

The City has implemented the requirement of a construction management plan for new home tear down and rebuild projects. The construction management plan is intended to hold builders accountable for their construction project, and attempt to minimize impacts on adjacent properties.


Download the Construction Management Plan

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