Planning and Zoning

The Planning and Community Development Department provides a variety of services to preserve and enhance the high quality of life offered to those who live or work in our community. We help to create and enhance a vibrant, well-planned community by supporting efforts that define and realize our community's aspirations.

The Department connects people, places, and services through innovative planning, partnerships, and forums for effective community engagement. Planning prepares and manages the City of West Fargo Comprehensive Plan and administrates zoning and subdivision regulations to guide growth and development. We collect and analyze a variety of data (land use, demographic, housing, etc.) for use in monitoring plan progress and policy making.

We serve as a support staff to the City Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission and other community and metropolitan communities, task forces, and associations.

Planning and Zoning Commission


City of West Fargo Planning Director supervises the overall physical development of the city, while dealing directly with the Planning and Zoning Commission. For more information, visit the Planning and Zoning Commission page.
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Application Deadline
Jan. 8, 2018 Dec. 15, 2017
Feb. 12, 2018 Jan. 19, 2018
March 12, 2018 Feb. 16, 2018
April 9, 2018* March 16, 2018
May 8, 2018 April 20, 2018
June 12, 2018 May 18, 2018
July 10, 2018 June 15, 2018
Aug. 14, 2018 July 20, 2018
Sept. 11, 2018 Aug. 17, 2018
Oct. 9, 2018 Sept. 14, 2018
Nov. 13, 2018 Oct. 19, 2018
Dec. 11, 2018 Nov. 16, 2018

*The Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to change meeting dates to 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the April 9, 2018, meeting. This change will begin with the May meeting.

Planning and Zoning Duties

Updating, directing, and overseeing the development and implementation of the City's comprehensive growth and development plan.

Staff reviews development proposals, requests for the following:

  • Zoning changes
  • Subdivision plats
  • Retracement plats
  • Planned unit Development
  • Conditional use permits
  • Provisions use permit
  • Right-of-way dedications and vacations
  • Variances
  • Access plans for major streets
  • Building permit plans for multiple family residential, public and semi-public, commercial and industrial uses