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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

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

View the Interactive Comprehensive Plan Here

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.

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

Trails Plan

Walkability Report

Safe Routes to School Plan

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
Miles Woodruff

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 1, 2016
Meeting Packet

October 4, 2016
Meeting Packet

September 6, 2016
Meeting Packet

August 2, 2016
Meeting Packet

July 5, 2016
Meeting Packet

June 7, 2016
Meeting Packet

May 3, 2016
Meeting Packet

April 5, 2016
Meeting Packet

March 8, 2016
Meeting Packet

February 2, 2016
Meeting Packet

January 5, 2016
Meeting Packet

December 1, 2015
Meeting Packet

November 3, 2015
Meeting Packet

October 6, 2015

September 1, 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!


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

ARDC Directions
Click HERE for Directions and Parking Information

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