Community & Economic Development

Department Director

Mission Statement

The mission of the Community Development Department is to encourage and support private and public efforts to improve our quality of life by providing programming and services to individuals, families, organizations and businesses which enhance and promote safe code compliant construction, orderly growth and development, self-sufficiency and community pride in the areas of planning, building codes, housing, economic development, transportation, redevelopment, and historic preservation.

A wide array of programming in the areas of housing, economic development, transportation, historic preservation and planning is offered by the Community Development Department. The Department also provides primary administrative and technical support to a multitude of local boards and commissions.

In addition to these responsibilities, Department staff maintains current demographic data, which is updated regularly and is available for review. Department staff has also taken an active role in a number of community organizations, professional organizations, and state and regional advocacy groups in an ongoing effort to enhance the programming opportunities available to the community.

Recent Studies of Interest

What's New

Downtown Preservation Awards — 2/10/2015
Now Accepting Nominations! Downtown Preservation Awards – In an effort to recognize significant contributions to the preservation and enhancement of historic resources within the City of Faribault, the Heritage Preservation Commission is now accepting nominations for its newly created Downtown Preservation Awards Program. Categories include Outstanding Achievement, Distinguished Merit, Stewardship, Outstanding Signage, and Preservation Advocacy. Nomination materials may be submitted electronically or in hard copy and must be received by our office by Friday, April 24, 2015. Awards will be formally presented at the City Council meeting on May 12, 2015, to coincide with National Preservation Month. For questions contact Kim Clausen, Community Development Coordinator, at 507.333.0375 or

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