February 05, 2020

Planning Commission Video: Self Storage

​The recent City Council vote ended the threat of a requested variance that would, if granted, have permitted self storage units in the city. Read more about the issues in the debate on the link below.

Watch Video & Read Villager post

October 02, 2019

Proposed Elimination of Floor Area Ratio (FAR) Requirements

On Oct. 2, 2019, the City Council discussed a proposal from the Planning Commission to eliminate entirely the floor area ratio (FAR) requirements of our zoning ordinance in our industrial park.

The Planning Commission proposed to eliminate a protective provision of the ordinance for all future building in our industrial park. This action seems to be directed solely for the purpose of accommodating the construction of a self-storage facility. Until now, such facilities have not been permitted in our city. Eliminating this important FAR requirement will also open the door to requests to modify and expand existing buildings in our industrial park, and of course eliminate it for all future buildings in the park.

Making changes in the FAR today will certainly cause those current industrial park businesses (who were required to comply with the FAR) to question the impacts, and this move will likely cause some of them to seek expansion of their facilities under an expanded or eliminated FAR.

You may watch the discussion on this subject here:


August 26, 2019

Star Tribune Article on Proposed Changes to Ayd Mill Road

The recent Star Tribune article recounts likely problems the St. Paul proposal will create for residents in their city and surrounding areas. 

Star Tribune Article by James Walsh

VIEW CALENDAR: City of Mendota Heights Meetings and Events

The Mendota Heights City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Meetings start at 7:00pm. Please check the calendar as special circumstances may arise to change the date or start time. 

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