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Two Harbors Planning and Zoning
Two Harbors is a community of 3,700 people located along Agate Bay and Burlington Bay on Minnesota's Lake Superior. Two Harbors is the Lake County seat and gateway to the North Shore.

Two Harbors administers its own land use ordinances including zoning, subdivision, building, and sign codes. The City contracts with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) to assist with its planning and zoning activities. The City Administrator performs the duties of the Zoning Administrator.

Photo courtesy of Lake County Historical Society

Planning Commission
The Two Harbors Planning Commission is responsible, along with the City Council, for development and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, zoning code, sign code, and subdivision ordinance. The Planning Commission is charged with reviewing applications for conditional use permits, subdivisions, and planned unit developments. The Planning Commission also reviews planning and zoning issues referred to it by the City Council, City staff, and members of the public.

The Planning Commission is made up of seven citizen members and two City Council Representatives. Members are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to four year terms. Current Planning Commmission members for the City of Two Harbors are:

Jody Zastera, Chair
Robin Glaser, City Council Representative
Steve Detlefsen
Seth McDonald
Lee Senst
Shannon Kittelson
Tom Koehler
Crystal Emerson

The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the City Council Chambers at 522 First Avenue.

Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings to learn about the Planning Commission's work and to discuss issues with them.

Meeting Materials
Agendas, minutes, and reports from recent meetings will be posted here.

September 02, 2014

July 01, 2014

June 03, 2014

May, 2014

April 21, 2014

April 1, 2014

March 04, 2014

February 11, 2014

January 15, 2014

Contact Planning and Zoning
Planning and zoning questions should be directed to Justin Otsea, City Planner. Justin works out of City Hall one day a week, usually Tuesdays. Two Harbors City Hall is located at 522 First Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616

Phone: (218) 834-8833


Click here to visit the Two Harbors website!

2011 Comprehensive Plan
The Two Harbors City Council approved the Planning Commission recommended 2011 Two Harbors Comprehensive Plan on March 15, 2011. The 2011 Comprehensive Plan replaces the 1999 plan and 2005 update. The 2011 plan is the result of a public planning process that started in June 2010. The Plannng Commission lead the development of the 2011 Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan set a vision of a future Two Harbors that is: a true small town gateway that showcases Lake Superior and the recreational opportunities that exist in the area, which also thrives in and of itself with quality housing, jobs, and services. The City's high quality of life and modern infrastructure attracts residents, visitors, and business and industry."

Download here: 2011 Two Harbors Comprehensive Plan (8.9MB)

The 2011 Comprehensive Plan was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in cooperation with Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program.

The 2011 Comprehensive Plan was funded in part by the Minnesota Housing Partnership.

The City is currently undergoing an update to the Comprehensive Plan, additional information on that project can be found here.


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
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ARDC Directions
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Completed Regional Planning Projects
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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

Biwabik Township Comprehensive Plan

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

Proctor Comprehensive Plan Update

Scanlon Comprehensive Plan Update

SHIP Active Transportation Communities

Taconite Comprehensive Plan Update

Tofte Township Community Plan

Tower-Breitung Comprehensive Plan Update

Two Harbors Comprehensive Plan Update

Winton Comprehensive Plan

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

Cook County Comprehensive Trails Plan

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

St. Louis River Trail Extension

Regional GIS Projects

Gitchi-Gami State Trail User Count Project

Mesabi Trail Interactive Map Tour

Regional Sidewalk Inventory