Planning Commission & Board of Adjustment

December 2, 2021 Meeting Update:

This meeting will be conducted as a hybrid meeting with the Board members and County Staff attending in-person.

Any applicants or public guests that wish to attend in-person may do so as well, but there is also the option

 to attend the meeting via Zoom.

If you wish to attend in-person, the meeting will be conducted at the Rice County Government Services building, in the Commissioners Board Room, located at 

320 3rdStreet NW, 

Faribault, MN 55021.

We do ask if you attend in-person and wish to participate in either of the meetings, please come at the following times to help us limit the number of people we

have in the Board Room at one time:

Board of Adjustment Applicants & those wishing to add public comment = 6:30 p.m.

Planning Commission Applicants & those wishing to add public comment = 7:00 p.m.

To access the meeting via Zoom, please refer to the information below:

Remote access for the public includes the following:

Access by computer:

Register using the following link:


Access by phone:

Please call: (507) 332-6030 or toll free options  (877)853-5247, (888)788-0099, (833)548-0276,


Meeting ID: 811-5101-9616

Passcode: 659602

If you would like to virtually attend or participate in this public meeting and are in need of assistance, please call the County's Environmental Services Office at 507.332.6113

 or e-mail  . Please call 24 hours before the meeting, if possible, if assistance is needed.

Regular Meetings

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • First Thursday of the month
  • Government Services Building
    Commissioners Room
    320 Third Street NW
    Faribault, MN 55021


  • Preston Bauer
  • Steve Underdahl
    Alternate Commissioner Representative
  • Jeff Docken
    Commissioner Representative

  • Charlie Peters
  • Jill Ellingson
  • Michael Streiff, III
  • John McCarthy

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes.


The Rice County Board of Commissioners appoints citizen representatives to serve on the Rice County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. The membership, terms and functions of both are set by Minnesota Statute Subdivision 394.27 and 394.30 respectively.


The Planning Commission has the authority to review and recommend County Board matters concerning Zoning, Re-Zoning, Conditional Use Permits, Preliminary and Final Plats, Ordinance changes/modifications, and Comprehensive Planning, including land use recommendations.

The Board of Adjustment has the exclusive authority to review variance requests of the Zoning Ordinance adopted by Rice County, hold public hearings, and make final decisions granting or denying the requested variances from the Zoning Ordinance.

Membership & Terms

The Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment consists of 5 members appointed by the County Board, representing an even distribution of geographic areas in the County. The term of each member shall be for 3 years. Each member may be eligible for reappointment, but not more than 3 consecutive 3 year terms. Meetings are held once a month or at the call of the Chairperson. Members are compensated in an amount set by the County Board.

-          Rice County is seeking one (1) Rice County resident to serve a 4-year term on the Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission. To get an even distribution of geographic areas of the county preference is for a resident from northeastern Rice County. Members of the Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission currently receive mileage reimbursement for miles driven to and from meetings, and $100 per meeting attended. Questions should be directed to Environmental Services at (507) 332-6113 or Physical applications may be picked up from the Rice County Administration Office, 320 N.W. Third Street-Suite #3, Faribault, MN or by downloading the application below.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by the Rice County Administration Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021.