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Regional Planning is one of four program Divisions at the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC).

The Vision of ARDC’s Regional Planning Division is to be the “Full Service Planning Resource” for the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota. We focus on helping communities with all facets of the community planning process from comprehensive planning and zoning ordinance development to specialty planning for specific community improvements. The Division also does planning on a regional basis with the intent to improve the quality of life for all residents and the quality of experience for visitors.

Regional Planning primarily works on a fee-for-service basis, but does annually use part of the ARDC levy to leverage state and federal funds for Regional projects. Additionally, the Division has an ongoing grant programs to offset the cost of transportation planning services to local units of government. The Grant is titled the Regional Transportation In-Kind Planning Grant.

The Regional Planning Division has a staff of eight Planners, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist, and a Project Assistant.

What can the Regional Planning Division do for you?
ARDC's Regional Planning Division is here to assist local and regional governments implement their visions. The Division has a nine member team with backgrounds in land use planning and ordinance development, economic development, transportation programming, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and geographic information systems. Regional Planning has facilitated and published Comprehensive Plans, Land Use Ordinances, land exchange processes, trail system plans, road network plans, scenic byway management plans, design plans, housing assessments and more.

The Regional Planning Division upholds ARDC's mission to serve the people of the Arrowhead Region by providing local units of government and citizens groups a means to work cooperatively in identifying needs, solving problems and fostering local leadership. Whatever your needs as a government entity are, the Regional Planning Division can help. Contact Andy Hubley at 218-529-7512 to discuss the possibilities.

The Transportation Program assists local governments to make informed investments in their transportation systems. ARDC particularly works to develop alternative and sustainable forms of transportation for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Regional Planning Division also serves as staff to the Area Transportation Partnership, the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC), and the North Shore Scenic Drive (NSSD) Council.

Learn about ARDC's bike and ped planning projects! Click HERE.

Community Planning
ARDC works hard to help local and regional entities with improving communities. The Regional Planning Division serves as planning staff on an ongoing basis to several smaller communities that could not afford full-time planning staff on their own. ARDC also assists communities with comprehensive planning and ordinance development. The Division also has GIS staff available to assist communities with mapping and spatial analysis. ARDC is particularly interested in intergovernmental cooperation, and serves as staff to two regional entities-the North Shore Management Board and the Regional Housing Advisory Group.


Regional Planning Division Programs
NE MN Area Transportation Partnership (ATP)
North Shore Management Board (NSMB)
Northern Aero Alliance
Healthy Northland

Current Drafts Available for Comments

Regional Planning Staff
Click HERE to see Division Staff Members

ARDC Directions
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Completed Regional Planning Projects
To download completed documents click HERE.

Current Regional Planning Projects
Click on a project link below to see project summaries, upcoming or past meeting information, and draft documents.

Economic Development

Retail Market RFP

Northeast Minnesota Economic Development District

Go Cook County

Regional and Local Land Use Projects

Balkan Community Plan

Barnum Zoning Ordinance Update

Buhl Comprehensive Plan

Calumet Marble Comprehensive Plan Update

Coleraine Comprehensive Plan Update

Cook Comprehensive Plan

Fayal Comprehensive Plan Update

Hermantown Planning and Zoning Assessment

La Prairie Comprehensive Plan Update

McKinley Comprehensive Plan

Moose Lake Comprehensive Plan Update

Mountain Iron Comprehensive Plan Update

SHIP Active Communities Technical Assistance

Scanlon Comprehensive Plan Update

Taconite Comprehensive Plan Update

Tower-Breitung Comprehensive Plan Update

Hazard Mitigation Planning

Aitkin County MHMP

Carlton County MHMP

Itasca County MHMP

Koochiching County MHMP

Ongoing Community Planning

Two Harbors

Regional and Local Transportation Projects

Highway 210 Jay Cooke Access Plan

Barnum Safe Routes to School

Beaver Bay Trailhead Development

Caribou Falls Wayside Design Project

Carlton Safe Routes to School

Cloquet Transportation Section Update

Floodwood Safe Routes to School

French River Wayside Design Project

HelmetHero - Bicycle Education

Hovland Dock Wayside Design Project

Lake County Trails Comprehensive Plan

Northeast Carlton County Bicycle Route Plan

Tofte Town Park and Gitchi-Gami Trail Design Project

Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan

Wrenshall Safe Routes to School

GIS Projects

Beaver Bay Parcels

Carlton Area Recreation Map

Gitchi-Gami State Trail Interactive Tour Map

Regional Sidewalk Inventory

Energy Projects

Duluth Community-wide Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP)

Scenic Byways

Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway

North Shore Scenic Drive

Skyline Parkway Scenic Byway

Superior National Forest Scenic Byway