Planning Commission

Boards, Commissions & Committees

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is an eleven members commission that meets the first Tuesday of every month. Eight members, who shall be residents of the City, are appointed by the City Commission for a three year term. The remaining three members are appointed by the Cass County Commission for a five year term. Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the appointing commission without compensation.

Members of this commission serve the community by:

  • Recommending amendments to the text of the Land Development Code
  • Deciding on suggested changes to The City zoning map
  • Being the final reviewing authority for conditional use permits
  • Reviewing Institutional Master Plans
  • Reviewing major and minor subdivisions, planned unit developments and area plan applications and making recommendations to the City Commission

NDCC 40-48-03 provides for creation of a Planning Commission and allows for not more than 10 members appointed by the Mayor. It mandates appointment of three rural members in cities having a population of 25,000 or more, with these rural members appointed by the County Commission. It also states that the executive officer, the engineer and the attorney of the City shall be ex-officio members of the Commission.

North Dakota Century Code 40-47-06 states that if a city has a Planning Commission it may be appointed as the Zoning Commission.

A note in an old Ordinance book indicated that in 1964 the Zoning Commission was separated from the Planning Commission and a new and separate Zoning Commission was created by Resolution of the City Commission. Prior to that they were one group.

Chapter 20 is now included in the Land Development Code dated
February 1, 1998 and Amendments Thereto Dated February 17, 1998.

On August 27, 1974 Ordinances were adopted again combining the two Boards into the Planning Commission. (Section 20-0201 of the Fargo Municipal Code)

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, City Hall, located at 225 4th Street North, Fargo 58102. Notice of hearings are published in the Fargo Forum once a week for two successive weeks before each meeting.

Agendas are available on this site approximately one week prior to the meeting. Minutes of the meeting are posted when they become available. Meetings are broadcast live on cable channel TV Fargo 56 and can also be viewed by video stream under the agendas & minutes link on this page. Rebroadcasts are aired each Wednesday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m.

People with disabilities who plan to attend the meeting and need special accommodations should contact the Planning Department at 701.241.1474 or TDD at 701.241.8258. Please contact us at least 48 hours before the meeting to give our staff adequate time to make arrangements.