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Regulating the Use of Private Land
Zoning is the division of a Municipality or County into districts for the purpose of regulating the use of private land. These zoning districts are usually shown on a zoning map. Within each of these districts the zoning ordinance specifies:
  • Permitted and conditional uses
  • Yard and lot area regulations
  • Setback regulations

Authority to utilize zoning to regulate the development of private property is delegated to counties, cities and townships, by the states.

Does Not Include a Retroactive Function
In practice, zoning is used to prevent new development from interfering with existing development. Zoning is not retroactive and therefore cannot be relied upon to correct conditions which existed prior to the adoption and implementation of land use controls.

For More Information
Please contact the Blue Earth County Zoning Department at (507) 304-4381 for information regarding zoning of a specific property or general zoning questions.

George Leary
Land Use Administrator 
Chris Meeks 
Land Use Specialist-Feedlots         

Aaron Stubbs
Land Use Planner

Blue Earth County Government Center
410 S. 5th St.
P.O. Box 3566
Mankato, MN 56002-3566

Ph: (507) 304-4381
Fx: (507) 304-4431