WHAT IS A CONDITIONAL USE?
A Conditional Use is a use that is not principally permitted in a particular Zoning District. Conditional Uses require a Planning Commission hearing, as well as a County Board hearing, in order to determine if the proposed use is necessary or desirable to the property, whether it may potentially have a negative impact on the surrounding area, and whether the use complies with the Goodhue County Comprehensive Plan. During this public hearing the Planning Commission will apply operational conditions that may mitigate concerns or may be required by the Zoning Department and the Zoning Ordinance. Conditional Use Authorizations are entitlements that run with the property, not the operator.
WHEN IS A CONDITIONAL USE AUTHORIZATION NECESSARY?
For each Zoning District, the Zoning Ordinance has a Table of Uses showing whether each use is permitted as of right (P), conditionally permitted (C/I), or not permitted (NP or blank). Contact Land Use Management Zoning Staff for additional information.