Zoning Study 2020-2022

Request for Proposals - Design Standards

The City of Wayzata is seeking a qualified consultant to recommend updates to the City’s Design Standards, found in Chapter 909 of the Wayzata Code of Ordinances. The recommendations must be based on a visual preference survey distributed widely in the community, knowledge of best practices in the fields of architecture and urban design, and input from City staff, Zoning Study Task Force, Planning Commission, and City Council. The City is seeking a consultant to provide leadership and expertise to ensure that the changes recommended to the Design Standards meet the goals of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, relieve administrative burden on the City, and are successfully adopted by the Wayzata City Council in spring of 2021.

The RFP was released on Thursday, September 17, 2020. Each consultant must submit one electronic copy (PDF format, no larger than 10 MB and 15 pages) of their response to this RFP. No paper copies will be accepted. All proposals must include a statement that the proposed fees are valid for at least 90 days from the required submittal date. 

The electronic copy (PDF format, no larger than 10 MB and 15 pages) of the proposal must be received by Emily Goellner, Community Development Director, by email at egoellner@wayzata.org, no later than 7:00 AM on Monday, October 5, 2020. An email receipt will be sent to confirm that the proposal was received by the deadline and will be considered. The City observes the right to overlook any technicalities and accept or reject any or all proposals if it is in the best interest of the City. 

Request for Proposals - Design Standards

2040 Comprehensive Plan

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan presents a vision for the future of Wayzata. It describes aspirations for community development and it is an important tool for guiding the growth, redevelopment, and improvements. It consists of goals, objectives, policy statements, standards, and maps for guiding the physical, social, and economic development of the City. The plan is made up of a series of sections: land use, housing, transportation, natural resources, historic preservation, and community facilities. Several years of community engagement resulted in the adoption of the plan in June 2020.

Link to the document: https://www.wayzata.org/566/2040-Comprehensive-Plan-Update

Wayzata Zoning Code

The long-term vision laid out in the Comprehensive Plan is implemented through development regulations found in the Wayzata Zoning Code. It is a complex document administered and enforced by the Community Development Department of the City. The Planning Commission utilizes the Zoning Code to review development applications and make recommendations to the City Council. It is customary to updating zoning regulations every ten years after the each decennial update to the Comprehensive Plan.


City staff has compiled a list of sections to the Code that should be updated over the next two years. It includes updates to the Design Standards, Residential Zoning Districts, Commercial Zoning Districts, Tree Preservation, Signs, Fences, Subdivisions, Planned Unit Developments, Floodplain, Shoreland, and Wetland Standards. While some changes are minor and considered more of a “clean-up”, other changes are a matter of policy that the community should weigh in on. Because of this, the Wayzata City Council established a Zoning Study Task Force. Members will represent the Planning Commission, Housing and Redevelopment Authority