Community Development

The city of Minnetonka community development department ensures construction work and licensed business activities meet or exceed basic standards, and other programs offer important services to the community. Areas of responsibility include inspections, environmental health, building permits, planning and zoning (including reviews of proposed projects), licensing, and housing and redevelopment.

Community development staff work actively to educate residents and businesses about code compliance and to assist them in developing a safer, well-planned, and healthier community. We believe education must be a central focus in our work, and substantial effort is put into sharing clear, timely information with residents and businesses.

Contacts
Julie Wischnack
Community Development Director, AICP

952.939.8282

Elise Durbin
Community Development Supervisor, AICP

952.939.8285

Kathy Leervig
Community Development Coordinator

952.939.8274

Planning and Zoning

The comprehensive plan is the city’s long-range guide to how property should be developed or redeveloped.

The zoning ordinance defines the current rights that owners have for their properties. The zoning ordinance regulates many aspects of land use, such as the type of use, sign regulations, grading permits, landscaping requirements and environmental regulations. Environmental regulations include ordinances that protect wetlands, steep slopes, trees, shorelines and floodplains. Zoning changes require review by the planning commission and approval by the city council, and the planning staff serves as liaison to the planning commission.

Learn more about planning.

Contacts
Department phone

952.939.8290

Loren Gordon
City Planner, AICP

952.939.8296

Susan Thomas
Principal Planner, AICP

952.939.8292

Jeff Thomson
Associate Planner

952.939.8293

Ashley Cauley
Planning Technician

952.939.8298

Economic Development

The department staffs Minnetonka’s Economic Development Authority, which undertakes affordable housing and economic development efforts such as revitalizing the Minnetonka Boulevard/Hwy. 101 and Glen Lake commercial centers. Tax increment financing and housing and industrial bond financing are also coordinated through community development.

Learn more about economic development.

Housing

The city of Minnetonka community development department provides a number of services related to housing. The city provides housing rehabilitation grants and certain other housing assistance programs, often through outside agencies. The department works with Minnetonka’s Economic Development Authority, which undertakes affordable efforts such as aiding the Homes Within Reach Land Trust and adding affordable units in condominium/townhome developments.

Learn more about housing.

Environmental Health

Environmental health is responsible for licensing and inspecting all food, beverage and lodging establishments in the city of Minnetonka, as well as public swimming pools and spas, and massage and tattoo facilities, and is responsible for coordinating the city’s nuisance violation program. Environmental health also investigates food-related complaints and suspected illnesses as well as air/water quality issues.

Learn more about environmental health.

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Contacts
John Weinand
Environmental Health Supervisor

952.939.8272

Lisa Gyswyt
Environmental Health Specialist

952.939.8279

Nichelle Manchester
Environmental Health Specialist

952.939.8382

Michael Greene
Environmental Health Specialist

952.939.8280

Licenses

The city licenses on- and off-sale liquor establishments, food and lodging establishments, contractors, and certain other businesses. Inspection staff monitors licensees for code compliance.

Learn more about licenses.

Contacts
Julie Wischnack
Community Development Director, AICP

952.939.8282

Elise Durbin
Community Development Supervisor, AICP

952.939.8285

Kathy Leervig
Community Development Coordinator

952.939.8274

Inspections

The city conducts plan reviews and fields inspections to ensure compliance with the State Building Code.

Learn more about inspections.

Pipes, dials, and knobs just waiting for a plumbing inspector to arrive.

These electrical wires are frayed and also in need of inspection.

Contacts
Bob Manor
Chief Building Official

952.939.8275

Barry Riesch
Building Inspector

952.939.8286

Dan Menth
Building Inspector

952.939.8344

Noel Westphal
Electrical Inspector

952.939.8277

Mike Denny
Mechanical Inspector

952.939.8284

Todd Triethart
Plumbing Inspector

952.939.8278

Permits

The city issues permits to ensure compliance with the State Building Code. Annual building permits amounted to $127 million in 2005.

Learn more about permits.

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Contacts
General Permit Tech line

952.939.8394