Minnesota’s MRCCA program guides land development within the MRCCA to protect the corridor’s natural, cultural and scenic resources through two local government tools:
- MRCCA plan, which is an element of each community’s comprehensive plan and contains maps, policies, and implementation actions consistent with Minn. Rule 6106.0070 Subp. 4.
- MRCCA zoning regulations, which implement the policies and actions in the local MRCCA plan and must be consistent with Minn. Rule 6106.0070 Subp. 5.
MRCCA ordinance review and approval process
The DNR must review and approve all local government MRCCA ordinances and subsequent amendments
MRCCA model ordinance
The model ordinance is a tool to help local governments develop new MRCCA zoning standards. Using the model will expedite DNR review and approval of local government ordinances. The model includes two documents that are updated regularly based on user feedback and to maintain consistency with statutes and other agency rules that may change from time to time.
The MRCCA rules (MR 6106.0070 Subp. 5) establish minimum standards to protect the corridor’s natural, cultural and scenic resources during land development and land alteration activities. These standards are administered through local government zoning regulations as a MRCCA overlay district.
- MRCCA model ordinance with commentary
This PDF document includes the model ordinance text AND commentary explaining provisions that may be confusing or misinterpreted. It also includes optional model ordinance text for better administration and resource protection.
- MRCCA model ordinance
This MS Word document only includes the model ordinance text (including optional text) for cutting and pasting into existing local government zoning codes.
MRCCA ordinance administration
Local governments issue permits for building construction, vegetation clearing and restoration, land alteration, and septic systems as well as approvals for variances, conditional use permits, subdivisions, PUDs, and master planned projects. The following resources will help administer the MRCCA standards & requirements for these zoning applications.
Structure setbacks from the ordinary high water level (OHWL) and bluffs as well as structure height limits are determined by MRCCA district.
Primary conservation areas (PCAs)
Standards protecting PCAs pertain to all applications. Identifying the type and location of PCAs is important for reviewing and applying the standards appropriate to the specific application.
MRCCA Permit Templates
Local governments may use these templates for developing their own public information documents and forms for administering vegetation clearing & restoration and land alteration permits, as well as for reviewing and approving variances and conditional use permits. These sample documents contain text consistent with the optional higher standards in the MRCCA model ordinance. Local governments should modify the content of these documents to be consistent with the adopted MRCCA ordinance. These documents are updated periodically based on feedback. Please contact the DNR if you have questions or feedback on these documents.
Vegetation Clearing and Restoration Permits
- Vegetation Permit – Property Owner Guide
- Vegetation Permit – Application Form
- Vegetation Permit – LGU Permit Review Guide
- Vegetation Permit – Additional Information Needed Letter
- Vegetation Permit – Approval Letter
Land Alteration Permits
- Land Alteration Permit – Property Owner Guide
- Land Alteration Permit – Application Form
- Land Alteration Permit – LGU Permit Review Guide
- Land Alteration Permit – Additional Information Needed Letter
- Land Alteration Permit – Approval Letter
Variances and Conditional Use Permits
Districts and Boundaries
Primary conservation areas
- MRCCA soil erosion susceptibility
- MRCCA bluff impact zones
- MRCCA shore impact zones
- MRCCA significant existing vegetative stands (contained in the MNRRA shapefile)
- Native plant communities