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The Zoning Ordinance can be found in Chapter 78 of the city code. The zoning map is necessary to determine your zoning district.
Clicking on the Permits Licenses Applications button will lead you to the landing page of our portal. Click on "Do I need a Permit" to learn more about permitting requirements and "Submittal Requirements" to learn about what you'll need to make an application.
The Planning Commission meets monthly and holds public hearings on applications received the previous month. The agendas are posted the Friday before the meeting, and video of the meeting can be viewed during the meeting, or a couple of days after.
Applications are generally due the the third Wednesday of the Month, and if complete, will be reviewed by the Planning Commission the third month of the next month. The official Application Deadlines can be found in Planning Related Documents.
Yes, applications can be submitted online through our Jobs portal.
The city maintains campaign finance reports along with requirements for such. We also provide resources for registering to vote and information about voting locations. Please visit our Elections page for more information.
Orono has several options for those wishing to give back to the community through volunteering. Learn more about our current volunteer opportunities.
Find resources for dog ordinances, dead animals, and other nuisance wildlife.
View our Staff Directory for a listing of all departments and contacts.
Speed limits create a traffic flow where most cars are moving at or around the same speed, limiting the risk of accidents and crashes. This video from the Minnesota Department of Transportation provides more information.
Residents and businesses are required to maintain the right of way area by keeping it mowed and clear of debris. Property owners are also discouraged from doing any landscaping or planting in the right of way. If plantings - with the exception of grass - are damaged during utility work, they may not be replaced. For more information, contact Public Works.
A right of way is the publicly owned area in a development or neighborhood that extends beyond the back of the curb into the residential or business yard. A common misconception is that the homeowner’s or business owner’s property line goes right up to the curb. It does not. The public owns a certain amount of the land behind the curb (right of way).
The size of the right of way is not always the same for every property. The right of way is important for the installation and maintenance of streets and private and public utilities, including:
The right of way area behind the curb is also used for snow storage when the city plows streets. The city administers the use of this area through a permitting process.
An easement is the area of land that lies adjacent to the private property line. An easement allows public and private utilities to do work on approximately 10 feet either side of the property line without seeking permission from the property owner. The only difference between an easement and the right of way is the easement is private rather than public property.
Typically, easements are either included as part of the original plat of the property or have been established through negotiation with a property owner. The easement stays in effect until the easement is no longer needed and is vacated. If the property is bought and sold, the easement remains in effect.
Most street lights are the responsibility of the electric utility company. Orono is served by two electric utility companies – Xcel Energy and Wright-Hennepin Electric. Click on the link to your power company to report a street light out
The decorative street lights in Navarre are the responsibility of the city. To report an outage, contact the Public Works Department.
With proper preventative maintenance – periodic seal coating and mill and overlay – the new streets are expected to last 40 to 50 years
No. Currently, city street projects are funded either through Municipal State Aid Funds or by the General Tax levy. The city does not have an assessment policy for streets. For more information, contact the Streets Department.
Call our utility billing department at 952-249-4613.
The State of Minnesota passed a law which obligates cities to adopt a water rate structure that encourages water conservation. This structure is called a tiered system. The more water you use, the higher the rate. For more information, contact Public Works.