Community Development


Contact Information

Community Development Department
590 40th Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Community Development

Huset Parkway_thumbThe Community Development Division is responsible for the long range planning activities of the City, zoning administration, enforcement of land use control ordinances, housing policies and management, Building Code enforcement, administration of permits and licenses, and the coordination of the City's economic development activities. The Community Development Division provides staff services to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Economic Development Authority and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. 

The Planning and Zoning Department, within the Community Development Division, is responsible for evaluating and administering applications for Conditional Use Permits, zoning changes, variances, and other land use-related items. The Planning and Zoning Department is currently managing the update and revision to the City's Comprehensive Plan. 

The Economic Development Department, within the Community Development Division, coordinates the City’s economic development, redevelopment projects, and housing programs. This Department works closely Economic Development Authority, and uses tools such as marketing, tax incentives, downtown revitalization initiatives and beautification. 

The Building Safety Department, within the Community Development Division, is responsible for oversite and administration of the State Building Code. The Building Safety Department provides building, plumbing and mechanical inspection services, issues permits and business licenses, and provides overall property inspections for new single family rental housing within the City.

Current Development Projects
Visit our Development Corner to view a list of current development projects in Columbia Heights.

A Site Plan Review application that was submitted by Dominium for a proposed 173 unit multi-family apartment development, located at 1069 Grandview Way and 4729 Grand Avenue, was tabled by Planning & Zoning Commission at the regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Since the proposed plan did not meet some of the Findings of Fact as outlined in § 9.104 (N) of the cities’ Zoning Code, the Planning & Zoning Commission requested that Dominium modify the proposal accordingly to comply with the Zoning Code of the City. At this time, it is anticipated that Dominium will present an amended site plan before the Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday, October 3rd and the City Council on Monday, October 9th. Both meetings will be at 7:00 PM, and held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall located at 590 40th Ave. NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421. Updates will continue to be made as they become available. If you would like to view a copy of the proposed Site Plan Application tabled by the Planning & Zoning Commission, please click here.

Staff Contact Information
Joe Hogeboom, Community Development Director
Phone: (763) 706-3675  |  Email:   

Keith Dahl, Economic Development Manager
Phone: (763) 706-3674  |  Email:  

Elizabeth Holmbeck, City Planner
Phone: (763) 706-3673  |  Email:   

Larry Pepin, Building Official
Phone: (763) 706-3677  |  Email:   

Shelley Hanson, Permits and Licensing Secretary
Phone: (763) 706-3678  |  Email:   

Jodi Griffin, Community Development Secretary
Phone: (763) 706-3672  |  Email: