Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area
What is happening now?
Zoning rules along the Mississippi River have been updated by the state and must now be adopted by cities, including Coon Rapids.
The Minnesota Legislature updated the MRCCA rules in 2017. Now, cities must adopt and comply with these coordinated regulations. The City of Coon Rapids is expected to approve updated ordinance language that aligns with the new regulations in 2022.
The City hosted a virtual open house on the new regulations in October 2021. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the ordinance on September 15, 2022 and City Council consideration is expected to occur in October 2022.
What is changing?
- Permits will be required for certain land alterations and vegetation removal.
- Design standards for river access – including paths, stairways, water-oriented structures, patios and decks – will be updated to reflect new MRCCA rules.
What is not changing?
When do these changes begin?
Zoning updates will go into effect after the City Council adopts a new ordinance. The Council is expected to approve the ordinance by late Fall of 2022, following a public hearing and review process. Until then, existing zoning standards will apply.
Virtual Open House
More Resources for Property Owners
If you have questions about the ordinance update or the virtual open house, please contact Matt Brown, Planning and Development Manager, by email or call 763-767-6430.