Policies

Plat Development Review


We welcome you to the Rice County Highway Department Plat/Development Review process. This collaborative process between the County Highway Department and the County Planning and Zoning Department is being implemented to recognize and support the planned and orderly development and redevelopment of the County.

Safe & Efficient Highways


Vital to accommodating development is a strong infrastructure system, which includes the County Highway System. It is important that the County Highway System be improved and maintained to be a viable transportation network.

A safe and efficient Highway System is not only essential for the traveling public, but also the economic vitality of local communities and businesses. Maintaining this safe and efficient Highway System can be better achieved through the combined efforts of city, township, and county planning and zoning actions and our development review process.

Economic & Efficient Development


Our goal is to assist you and to help make the development process as economical and efficient as possible for all concerned. The Plat/Development Review Committee process has been developed and is intended to provide you with an advisory review of the development proposal through a sketch plan, without incurring major costs.


Information Packet


This packet of information will assist you in understanding the County Highway Department's review process and provide the framework for achieving timely and agreeable development reviews. The packet includes three sections:

When to Apply, Review Process and Basis of Review - This section guides readers through what actions trigger a development proposal review, steps in the review process, and the major content items that will be considered when reviewing the proposed development. Read the

Plat/Development Review Committee Application - The application form that must be submitted for the development proposal to be reviewed.

Plat/Development Review Committee Application Submittal Requirements - Items that must be prepared and submitted for an application to accepted as complete. This information serves as the basis for discussions between the Developer, County, City/Township, and Minnesota Department of Transportation, when appropriate.
The County Highway Department is the primary contact throughout the review and approval process. The County Planning and Zoning Department may also be involved to review land use and permit approval requirements. We look forward to working with you throughout the process.

Snow Removal Policies


The Rice County Highway Department staff strive to provide the safest winter driving conditions possible. Please refer to the Snow and Ice Control Policy (PDF) form to learn all about the snow policies in Rice County.


Help Us Help You


  • Please remove vehicles from the streets when it snows.
  • Please do not plow snow from private drives onto county roads.
  • Snow and ice removal is a difficult and time-consuming job. Patience is appreciated as County staff works to restore the streets to safe winter driving conditions.

Adopt-a-Highway

For information on the policies for adopting a highway, please refer to our Adopt-a-Highway page.