Planning & Zoning

Planning & Zoning


The City of Willmar Zoning Ordinance regulates land use within the city limits. It stipulates permitted uses, building setbacks, parking regulations, sign code, exterior storage, and accessory structures for each parcel within the City Limits based off which zoning district the parcel is designated. Other Ordinance codified with the Zoning Ordinance is the Shoreland Ordinance and Wireless Communication Towers and Antenna's Ordinance.

current projects

2020 Comprehensive Plan
The City of Willmar is in the process of updating its current comprehensive plan. The plan is the city’s long-range vision for guiding growth, development, and change over a determinable period of time. Approximately every ten years many local units of government, including cities, counties, and townships undertake a future planning process that forecasts the future land use and growth patterns of the community.

View the Current Comprehensive Plan

Proposed City of Willmar Renaissance Zone Incentive Package
In an effort to entice more development for commercial and housing in the downtown area, the Willmar Planning and Development Department has drafted a proposal for a Renaissance Zone. The proposal would overlay the current Opportunity Zone, which provides tax breaks for those who invest in projects in the designated area. With ample opportunity for growth and development in the downtown area, the Renaissance Zone Incentive Package would offer a variety of incentives, such as tax abatements, free building permits, discounted city-owned land, a loan program, and more open zoning in the designated Renaissance Zone.

View the Proposed Renaissance Zone Incentive Package

City of Willmar
333 6th Street SW
PO Box 755
Willmar, MN 56201
T: 320-214-4913
F: 320-235-4917