Zoning Study 2020 - 2022

Design Standards

The City of Wayzata completed a competitive process to hire a consultant to study the City's Design Standards, found in Chapter 909 of the Wayzata Code of Ordinances, and recommend updates. The City hired Van Meter Williams Pollack for this work. They are providing leadership and expertise to ensure that the changes recommended to the Design Standards meet the goals of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, relieve the administrative burden on the City. 

The recommendations were based on numerous discussions with the Zoning Study Task Force as well as results from a visual preference survey distributed widely in the community in November-December 2020. Van Meter Williams Pollack utilized their knowledge of best practices in the fields of architecture and urban design and worked in close consultation with City staff. The recommendations were reviewed by the Planning Commission and ultimately approved by the City Council on June 15, 2021. The link to the approved Design Standards Handbook is listed below. 

Design Standards Handbook

Zoning Study Task Force

The Wayzata City Council established the Zoning Study Task Force in September 2020. They appointed 12 members to serve through June 2021. Members include:

  • Jeffrey Buchanan, City Council Member
  • Alex Plechash, City Council Member
  • Bob Ambrose, HRA Commissioner
  • Steve Fox, HRA Commissioner
  • Peggy Douglas, Planning Commissioner
  • Jeffrey Parkhill, Planning Commissioner
  • KC Chermak, Energy and Environment Committee Member
  • Lora Ward Lake, Community Member
  • John Nolan, Community Member
  • Meredith Howell, Community Member
  • Larissa Stockton, Community Member
  • Suzanne Candell, Community Member

Staff Liaisons


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 represent the City Council, Planning Commission, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the Energy and Environment Committee.

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.

Residential and Commercial Zoning Districts

The City of Wayzata is working with WSB to make several updates to the Residential and Commercial Zoning Districts. The Zoning Code is one of the most important tools that the City has to implement the vision set forth in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The Zoning Study Task Force has reviewed the Vision, Land Use, and Housing Chapters of the Comprehensive Plan to understand how this vision can be translated into Zoning Code updates. There are also changes that staff is requesting to clean up confusing or contradictory information in the Code. All changes to the Zoning Code require a public hearing with Planning Commission and adoption by the City Council. Hearings will occur in 2021.