Formal comprehensive planning in Cloquet became a reality in 1955 when Harland Bartholomew and Associates prepared the City Plan for Cloquet. This document became the cornerstone for planning the city, even though it was never formally adopted by the governing body. After the consolidation of Cloquet and Knife Falls Township in 1975, it was decided that an updated plan was needed. Gibeau Research and Planning, Inc. of Duluth, Minnesota prepared a Sketch Development Plan and Policies for Cloquet, an update of the 1955 comprehensive plan. An update of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations was completed in 1976. In May of 1994, a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted by the City Council. This plan was used as a policy guide to make decisions about the physical development of the community. In 1998, the Cloquet Community Revitalization Master Plan was created.
The plan’s main goal was to encourage the development of sound and vital business districts, and to look at principals of design, economic viability and realistic implementation strategies.
Cloquet’s current Comprehensive Plan is a vision of what the City wants to be. It is a guide to help the City preserve what it values, enhance what needs to be improved, and create what is missing. The Comprehensive Plan is a general, long-term plan that analyzes existing conditions, provides goals, objectives, policies and plans and brings together various elements of Cloquet into a comprehensive, “big picture” plan. It provides a basic framework to guide other planning efforts in the city. It is a dynamic Plan that the City will review and refine as Cloquet continues to grow. The plan also includes maps of existing land use patterns as well as future land use that are consistent with the City’s vision.
The Comprehensive Plan is a compilation of policy statements, goals, standards, and maps for guiding the physical, social and economic development, both public and private, of the City. This latest update of the Comprehensive Plan was completed and adopted on August 21, 2007, and is divided into ten chapters.