Planning & Zoning


Planning and Zoning is a division of the Department of Development Services.  The division is responsible for all functions related to the city's land use planning program including:  long range and current planning; annexation; subdivision and development of land; environmental review; zoning; and administration of the Unified Development Ordinance. The City's Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance (zoning and subdivision ordinances) are used by the division to ensure that development in Park Rapids meets the goals and objectives established by the City Council through input by members of the community.


Planning and Zoning serves as primary staff liaison to the Planning Commission and Development Review Committee, as well as other ad hoc committees addressing other land use and zoning topics.  Specific division activities include:  providing information to the public; working with developers, property owners, and business owners; coordinating the development review process; conducting research and preparing reports; and analyzing policy, regulations, and standards and developing associated recommendations.

The Planning Administrator is responsible for leadership and technical support for the City's planning and zoning.

Department Director

          Ryan Mathisrud: City Planner                                                                  
          218-237-2746

Email: rmathisrud@arvig.net


The Planning Assistant is the initial contact for incoming planning and zoning code information as well as the Rental Inspection Program. Carmen serves as the assistant to the Planning Administrator Ryan Mathisrud. Carmen also serves as the secretary to the Planning Commission, Airport Commission, Urban Forestry Committee and Safety Committee.  Questions concerning planning and zoning issues, building & plumbing permits, sign permits and rental inspections can be directed to the Planning Assistant.


 Planning Assistant

         Carmen Lockhart
         218-237-2743

Email: clockhart@arvig.net


If you live outside of the Park Rapids city limits, please contact Hubbard County Zoning Department at 218-732-3890.