Planning & Zoning Department

The Planning & Zoning Department was formerly the Department of Development, or DOD.

The Planning & Zoning Department is open to walk-in customers. We ask that you still consider calling or emailing our office instead of visiting if and when it is feasible.  Thank you for your cooperation and consideration!


The Benton County Planning & Zoning Department provides services related to the use and development of land as guided by the County’s goals and objectives within the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. 

The Department is responsible for the administration of Local, State and Federal laws and rules such as the Development Code, Wetland Conservation Act, Shoreland regulations and Flood Plain Management. The Planning & Zoning Department offers assistance to create job opportunities, diversify the economy and increase the tax base of the County.


Benton County now accepts credit card payments at the counter and through our online permitting program.

  1. Sean Moe

    Land Use Technician
    Phone: 320-968-5070
    Responsibilities include: SSTS review, permitting and inspection, soil verification, review/issue land use permits, code compliance inspections, update/coordinate MSAG and 911 addressing.

  2. Sierra Cotter

    Wetland / Solid Waste Program Lead
    Phone: 320-968-5074

    Responsibilities Include: Wetland Conservation Act, solid waste management program, Amnesty Days, natural resource block grant and flood plain management.

  3. Scott Zwick

    GIS Coordinator
    Phone: 320-968-5075
    Responsibilities include: Coordinates and oversees county-wide GIS implementation, maintains parcels boundaries, maintains and updated GIS information.

  4. Karen Loehrer

    Administrative Secretary
    Phone: 320-968-5065
    Responsibilities include: Responds to public inquiries, prepares public notices, maintain files and records.

  5. David Barsody

    Building Official
    Phone: C: 612-219-2252
    C: 612-219-2252
    O: 320-532-3629

    Benton County contracts with David Barsody of Inspection Services of Central Minnesota, Inc.

  6. Roxanne Achman

    Land Services Director
    Phone: 320-968-5065

    Responsibilities include: Overall departmental administration of Land Services, which includes the Planning & Zoning Division, Assessing Division and Recording Division. Direct over-site of platting and administrative land splits, conditional/interim use permits and variance requests.