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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 five 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. Click HERE to learn more!

ARDC has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a law enforcement consultant to advise and participate in a Regional Detention Facility Needs Assessement. This person or group will be very familiar with the Arrowhead Region, key law enforcement personnel, detention practices, and law enforcement processes. Interested parties should request the RFQ packet from Andy Hubley at Submissions will be due September 2, 2016.

For more information about the planning process, please click HERE!

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.

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.

Learn more about our Transportation and Community Planning programs HERE.


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

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