Zoning is a way that Hennepin County authorities may protect local residents from neighboring land uses that range from nuisances to dangers. Regions of the county are zoned for residential, commercial and other specific purposes; when a property within a particular zoning area does not conform to its specified use, the owner of the property may violate the county's zoning ordinances. That owner may have options for remedying his property's violation.
As individuals travel through Hennepin County they may notice a pattern to how the area is laid out. Houses cluster together in residential housing developments and businesses flank each other in commercial districts. Like buildings seem to be close together and this similarity of development is not the result of coincidence. The municipal regulation of land use and zoning dictates what types of buildings can be built in different areas of a community.
In Minneapolis, a conditional use permit is required when a land use application at first glance does not comply with all of the standards and conditions of the zoning ordinance. According to the Land Use and Zoning Overview for Minneapolis, a conditional use permit must have a public hearing before it can be approved.