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City Planning Commission

The Planning Commission advises the City Council on development applications such as rezoning and street vacations.

The Commission has final authority in approval of plats, special use permits, and variances. It also serves as the Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU) for environmental reviews.   

The regular planning commission meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at 5:00 pm.  The meetings will be in person, in the 3rd floor City Council Chambers.  

City Departments and Guidelines

Planning and Development

The Planning and Development Division supports positive growth in Duluth, from the visioning stages of long-range comprehensive planning to day-to-day zoning review. This Division is also responsible for implementing the City’s housing goals, developing businesses and the local economy, advancing infrastructure projects, protecting environmental quality, and fostering partnerships to improve access to community services.

Planning Commission

The objectives of the Commission are to guide future development of land, services and facilities so as to ensure a safer, more pleasant and more economical environment for residential, commercial, industrial and public activities and so as to promote the public health, safety, morals, and general welfare, including the aesthetic, social, economic, physical, and environmental quality of the entire city in the context of the metropolitan community.

Imagine Duluth 2035

A guiding document for the Planning & Development adopted on June 25, 2018 by the City Council.  Fourteen Guiding Principals are listed, many of which are applicable to the proposed hotel on Sundby Rd.  


Principle #2 Declare the necessity and secure the future of undeveloped places

Principle #5 Promote reinvestment in neighborhoods

Principle #6 Reinforce the place-specific 

Principle #8 Encourage mix of activities, uses, and densities

Principle #13 Develop a healthy community

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