WHEREAS, the city of Duluth department of planning and development received several proposals for development in the study area and, therefore, anticipated future rezoning requests; and the department determined that a neighborhood study would help to guide development decisions in the study area; and

WHEREAS, the Duluth City Council passed Resolution No. 98-1093 on December 21, 1998; a resolution of intent to support a neighborhood development study in cooperation with the Duluth economic development authority at a total cost of $25,000 to be funded equally by both parties, and subsequently passed Resolution No. 99-0120 on February 8, 1999, approving the spending of $12,500 for this study; and

WHEREAS, the Duluth economic development authority entered into a contract with RLK Kuusisto, Ltd., to prepare a comprehensive study of the impacts of various land uses in the study area at a cost of $25,000 according to Duluth economic development authority Resolution No. 99 860 260 adopted on January 19, 1999; and amended on December 21, 1999; and

WHEREAS, the residents and property owners in the study area, including the Duluth airport authority, St. Louis County, ISD 709, and Duluth Seaway Port authority, were invited to participate in the planning process through six neighborhood meetings held from September 1999 through January 2000; and

WHEREAS, this study area contains many important community resources including, the St. Louis County Jail, the Arrowhead Juvenile Detention Center, the Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center, and is adjacent to the Duluth International Airport; and the study area has many sensitive natural features including the headwaters of two naturally reproducing trout streams, Chester Creek and Miller Creek; many wetlands, including one department of natural resources protected wetland, and one wetland containing a special concern species; and

WHEREAS, on March 22, 2000, the city planning commission held a public hearing and resolved to accept the draft titled "Northwest Corner Study: A Land Use Plan," and further recommended to the city council acceptance of the amended plan document titled "Northwest Corner Area Study, July 2000."

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council hereby accepts the Northwest Corner plan with the expectation that it be reviewed and incorporated into the upcoming comprehensive plan and that it guide development in the study area until such time that the comprehensive plan is adopted. The document is on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. _______ for an area generally described as: the lands lying east of Haines Road; south of Airport Road, and its extension eastward; lying west of Blackman Avenue, and its extension northward and southward; lying north of Marble Street, and its extension eastward and westward.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The department of planning and development had received several preliminary plans for development in the plan study area. Much of the study area was not covered by a neighborhood plan and, therefore, there was little to guide decision-making regarding these development proposals.

The planning process covered 14 months from February 1999 through March 2000 during which time planning staff and the consultant held six planning meetings that all property owners in the study area were invited to participate in. Planning staff also met with the city planning commission, Duluth economic development authority, environmental advisory council, city council and Duluth airport authority to gather input for this study.

A plan draft was assembled and presented to the city planning commission on March 22, 2000, where they resolved to accept the plan with one amendment, that the port authority be allowed flexibility in applying a 75 foot to 150 foot wetlands buffer in the area north of Krueger Road.

This resolution requests that the city council accept the Northwest Corner area study with the expectation that it be reviewed and incorporated into the upcoming comprehensive plan. In the interim, this accepted plan will be used to evaluate land use requests in the study area until such time that the comprehensive plan is adopted.