Goodhue County is in the process of changing the land use zone around the incorporated city limits of Red Wing, Goodhue, Zumbrota, Wanamingo, Pine Island, Kenyon, Cannon Falls, and Dennison from an Urban Fringe District to one of two types of Agricultural Districts. The differences between the Urban Fringe Zoning District and the Agricultural Districts are housing density, and some conditionally permitted activities. Health is currently not being considered as a factor for which agricultural zoning district should replace the Urban Fringe District, even though each type of land use could result in different potential health impacts.
Goodhue County Health and Human Services, in collaboration with Goodhue County Land Use Management, will conduct a health impact assessment (HIA) to inform what, if any, health impacts to consider when deciding zoning district changes. The HIA could bring to light some of the health impacts of these decisions and help shape the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance to address ways to mitigate potential negative impacts and enhance potential positive impacts.
The results of the HIA may also inform the county, cities and townships to be more specific about their own land use decisions.
Below you will find links to information regarding the HIA, what we are researching and findings thus far.