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• Land area in square miles: 67.79
• Persons per square mile: 1,272
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In the document library you can find a variety of published documents that the Community Planning Division has developed. At any given time the city is working on numerous visioning, planning, and reporting documents.
Guiding Documents · Plans · Reports · Reference Documents
The Community Planning Division has a few primary documents that guide decision making and set priorities for the future. These documents address land use, transportation, development, environment, as well as, identify community needs and funding priorities for disbursement of federal funds.
The Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted in 2006 and is a policy document that describes the 20-year vision for the physical growth and development of the city. It is the foundation upon which Duluth’s regulatory tools (zoning, subdivision, shoreland, floodplain, and other ordinances) and Duluth’s capital improvement program rest. The Plan’s content, including the principles, policies, future land use map, and strategies define how development, redevelopment, and preservation decisions are made.
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The Consolidated Plan is a five year planning document. It lays out the goals for the City of Duluth’s Community Development program. Based on a collaborative process involving community members and local organizations, the City establishes a unified vision for effective, coordinated neighborhood and community development strategies. The current Consolidated Plan outlines the community’s goals and objectives for 2015 through 2019.
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Plans identify and prioritize goals and visions for the future of our community.
The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness embraces the shift from managing homelessness to ending it. According to recent research, successful Ten-Year Plans require both "closing the front door" by preventing future homelessness, and "opening the back door" by offering new housing options that accept the homeless as they are.
Annual Action Plans outline how the City plans to strategically invest federal resources to meet current challenges for low-to moderate-income people. The Plan also highlights how this year's funding will address a portion of the five-year Consolidated Plan goals.
2015 Annual Action Plan (Included in Consolidated Plan)
2014 Annual Action Plan
The Citizens Participation Plan serves as a guidelines and procedures to address citizen participation requirements under the Consolidated Plan and the Department of Housing and Urban Development programs.
A small area plan is a plan that is developed for a clearly defined area and gives more detailed recommendations than would be provided in a comprehensive plan.
Riverside Small Area Plan
Lincoln Park Small Area Plan
Gary/New Duluth Small Area Plan
Higher Education Small Area Plan
Bayfront District Small Area Plan
Central Entrance - Miller Hill Small Area Plan
Duluth's East Downtown, Hillside and Waterfront Charrette Report and Plan
Cover (10.1 MB)
Executive Summary and Introduction (8.5 MB)
Existing Conditions (23.0 MB)
Master Plan (36.8 MB)
Appendices (2.9 MB)
Morgan Park (August 2012)
West Duluth (August 2012)
Hillside (November 2012)
Lincoln Park (November 2012)
Map - Proposed Improvements
Cost & Timeline
Summary of Public Comments
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Reports analyze data to help us better understand historic and current situations in our community. We can use this information to inform our plans for the future and better address community needs and wants.
The CAPER is a document that outlines annual accomplishments in community development and housing.
FY 2014 CAPER
FY 2013 CAPER
FY 2012 CAPER
2015 Housing Indicator Report
2015 Summary Slides
2014 Housing Indicator Report
2013 Housing Indicator Report
2012 Housing Indicator Report
Archaeological Phase 1 Survey for the Historical Park (Formerly JJ Astor Park or Hertiage Park), December 2015
Ethnographic Study of Indigenous Contributions to the City of Duluth, July 2015
Historic Resources Inventory for the East End Residential Area, Phase V. (Draft October 2014)*
Historic Resources Inventory for the East End Residential Area, Phase IV. (Revised October 2012) Appendix*
Historic Resources Inventory for the East End Residential Area, Phase III. Also see map 1, map 2, and map 3. Project location map.*
Duluth Historic Resources Survey, September 1984 (214 Pages, Saved In 4 Parts). Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.*
Historic Report: 1991 Zenith City of the Unsalted Sea
* Note about Historic Resource Studies: the information contained within the reports is not the end of eligibility for properties in those respective areas. Properties not identified as being potential historic at this time may be reexamined in the future for potential eligibility.
Hartley Park Phase I Implementation of Master Plan.
Knowlton Creek Stream Restoration Project. Public comment from July 20 to August 19.
PDF of EAW
Slip 2 Capping and Shallowing. Public comment period from September 1, 2014 to October 1, 2014.
Steelton Hill Double Track. Public comment period from May 12, 2014 to June 11, 2014.
Stewart Creek Bank Stabilization. Public comment period from March 17, 2014 to April 16, 2014.
Coffee Creek Bank Stabilization in Enger Park. Public comment period from February 3, 2014 to March 5, 2014.
Duluth Traverse Mountain Bike Trail System. Public comment period from February 4, 2013 to March 6, 2013.
These documents outline information related to particular activities, for example, the bylaws that outline the procedures for our committees and commissions.
Duluth Indigenous Commission ByLaws
Community Development Committee Guiding Document
Heritage Preservation Commission ByLaws
Planning Commission ByLaws
2015 HUD-Duluth Income Guidelines
2014 HUD-Duluth Income Guidelines
2013 HUD-Duluth Income Guidelines
2012 HUD-Duluth Income Guidelines
2011 HUD-Duluth Income Guidelines
2004 to 2010 Income Limits
2010 HOME Program Limits and Additional Information
HUD Guide to Determine Income Eligibility (Purple Book)
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