The Willmar Opportunity Zone area by Jared Eischen Cinematography

Development

In an effort to entice more development for commercial and housing in the downtown area, the City of Willmar adopted a Renaissance Zone, which is a new zoning overlay district encompassing the Central Business District and adjacent areas.

The new Willmar Renaissance Zone  is a 5-year pilot program intended to encourage investment, job creation, development, creativity and vibrancy in the designated area. This district will offer greater flexibility relative to zoning requirements otherwise imposed by underlying zoning districts. Among the incentives offered in the Renaissance Zone are free permits (e.g. building permits, signage, sewer and water access charges); matching/forgivable loans for façade renovation; tax abatements for commercial and housing projects based upon meeting investment thresholds; and removal of holiday/weekend parking restrictions.

View more information here Renaissance Zone. You may also contact David Ramstad, Planning & Development Director, City of Willmar, at 320-214-5184 or dramstad@willmarmn.gov; or Aaron Backman, Executive Director, Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) at 320-235-7370 or aaron@kandiyohi.com