The Gnesen Planning and Zoning office handles all planning and zoning matters for Gnesen. Gnesen regulations are driven by the ordinances of St. Louis County and the State of Minnesota. Gnesen ordinances can be more restrictive than the state or county ordinances, but cannot be less stringent.
Gnesen uses a Planning Commission to review all planning and zoning matters. An extension of this Commission is the office held by the Zoning Officer. Additionally, the Planning Commission is supplemented by a Board of Adjustment (Variance Board) which is responsible for reviewing and approving or denying all variance requests made in the township.