Planning & Zoning
The purpose of planning and zoning is to provide for orderly land use development that minimizes conflicts and reduces impacts to local resources. The Comprehensive Plan, revised in 2002, lays out policies that will guide future land use decisions. The County Planning Commission is responsible for adopting the Comprehensive Plan and for reviewing conditional use permits, subdivisions, ordinance amendments and zoning classification amendment proposals. They recommend actions to the County Board for final approval. The Land and Related Resources Management Ordinance (Amendment 1, Amendment 2, Amendment 3) and Big Stone County Subdivision Controls Ordinance ( Amendment 1) are the tools used to reach the goals established in that plan. These ordinances lay out which activities can occur in certain areas or zoning districts, as shown on the Official Zoning Map. Big Stone County is laid out into the following zones: A-1 Agricultural District; A-2 Agricultural District; OS Open Space District; UD Urban District (Residential); C-1 Commercial; I-1 Industrial; and the Shoreland Management Zone.
There currently seems to be a movement toward renewable energy sources in our area, therefore the County Board chose to take a proactive approach by adopting the Big Stone County Wind Power Management Ordinance on Dec. 6, 2006 which outlines our objectives for wind developers.
Take a look at our GIS site or click on our permit viewer (to the right) if you are planning any land development.
County Zoning Map
Download Big Stone County's zoning map: