An Overview of the Development Process
We welcome you to the Scott County development process. Our goal is to assist you and to help make the development process as economical and efficient as possible for all concerned. The links found on this page outline requirements and procedures which should be followed. The Planning Department is the primary contact throughout the review and approval process. Staff may be contacted at any time for assistance at 952.496.8475.
The following information needs to be prepared by the Developer for a complete application. It serves as the basis for discussions between the developer, Planning Department, and Town Board representatives. The Development Review Team (DRT) process is intended to provide the Developer with an advisory review of the request through a sketch plan, without incurring major costs. Detailed requirements are in the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. These Ordinances are available on the County Web Site under the “Your County Government” tab or for purchase at the Planning Department.
The approval process includes a unique partnership between your Town Board and Scott County. The Township is the road authority and is responsible for planning, construction standards, and maintenance of the local road system. They also are the responsible governmental unit for wetland issues (delineation and alteration approval) maintenance of drainage systems and for local parks. The County is the planning and zoning authority and grants approval for all subdivisions and planning actions related to the plat or conditional use permit. The County is responsible for regional and County parks, trails, and open space. The watershed authority is the County’s responsibility in all areas of the County, except for the Prior Lake/Spring Lake and Lower Minnesota Watershed Districts. Scott County is also the road authority for County roads. The County also administers the Individual Sewage Treatment Ordinance (ISTS) county wide and Uniform Building Code for construction of all buildings in the 11 townships.
We look forward to working with you throughout the process.
Scott County Community Development Staff