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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

Zoning Information
The below section contains the current zoning ordinances and related zoning materials for the City of Two Harbors for reference (of note, a significant portion of the southern (lakeside) half of Two Harbors lies in the Shoreland Overlay Zone, please review both your specific zone requirements, in addition to this section of the Code when reviewing requirements in a particular zone:

Zoning Map

Chapter 11: Zoning Code

Sign Ordinance

Off-Street Parking Ordinance

Chapter 12: Subdivision Regulations

Preliminary Plat Application

Conditional Use Permit Application
Conditional Use Permit Application Guide

Variance Application

Sign Permit Application

Public Market Application

For additional assistance on individual requests or for more information, please feel free to contact the City Planner, Justin Otsea- 218-834-8833 (Two Harbors) 218-529-7529 (Duluth) or

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 one City Council Representatives. Members are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to four year terms. There is currently one vacancy on the Commission. Current Planning Commmission members for the City of Two Harbors are:

Jody Zastera, Chair
Robin Glaser, City Council Representative
Steve Detlefsen
Jeff Neisen
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.

November 3, 2015
Meeting Packet

October 6, 2015

September 1, 2015

August 4, 2015

July 7, 2015

June 23, 2015

May 5, 2015

April 7, 2015
Public Hearing Minutes
Meeting Minutes

March 3, 2015

February 3, 2015

January 6, 2015

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!

2015 Comprehensive Plan Update
The Two Harbors City Council approved the Planning Commission recommended the 2015 Two Harbors Comprehensive Plan on June 23, 2015. The 2015 Comprehensive Plan expands and replaces the 2011 plan. The 2015 plan is the result of a public planning process that started in December 2014. The Plannng Commission lead the development of the 2015 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: 2015 Two Harbors Comprehensive Plan

The 2015 Comprehensive Plan was funded in part by the Iron Range Rehabilitation and Resources Board.

For more information on the 2015 Comprehensive Plannning Process, click 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
Click HERE to see Division Staff Members

ARDC Directions
Click HERE for Directions and Parking Information

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Regional Planning Story Maps
View Regional Planning's Story Maps

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

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