Community Development FAQ

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The Community Development Department is responsible for the Planning, Zoning, and Building Code administration within the City in order to ensure the orderly and safe development of the City. The department works on Economic Development opportunities within the City and promotes the Cloquet Business Park on Highway 33. The department is also the Local Government Unit (LGU) for administration of the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA).

Holly Hansen, Community Development Director, is responsible for Economic Development in the city. If you have any economic development questions or concerns, please call (218) 879-2507 Ext. 4 or e-mail

Al Cottingham, City Planner and Zoning Administrator, is responsible for administering the zoning ordinance for the city.  If you have any planning, zoning or wetland questions or concerns, please call (218)879-2507 Ext. 3 or mail  

Matt Munter, Building Official, is responsible for enforcement of the Building and Housing Codes. Inspections are conducted on all building, plumbing, heating, mechanical, and electrical construction within the City. If you have specific building related questions, please call (218) 879-2507 Ext. 2 or e-mail

Laurie Anderson, Secretary, can provide you with general zoning and building permit information and will assist you with scheduling an inspection.  Please call (218) 879-2507 Ext. 1 or e-mail

  • What does the Planning Commission do?

    The Planning Commission consists of seven (7) citizen volunteers who are annually appointed by the City Council. The Planning Commission meets twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The Commission considers proposals to the City for amendments to the comprehensive plan, site plans, zoning ordinance changes, zoning map changes, special use permits, and subdivisions. The Planning Commission conducts public hearings on these requests as required, reviews these requests, and then makes recommendations to the City Council. The Planning Commission also considers all requests for variances from the zoning ordinance and appeals of Zoning Administrator decisions. The Planning Commission has final say on all variances and appeals unless appealed to District Court.

  • What is the Comprehensive Plan?

    The Comprehensive Plan is a compilation of policy statements, goals, standards, and maps for guiding the physical, social and economic development, both private and public, of the City. The City’s initial Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1955. A sketch development plan was adopted in 1975 after the consolidation of Cloquet and Knife Falls Township. An update of the full Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted in 1994. A Revitalization Master Plan, which guides future commercial and industrial development, was completed in 1998. The latest update of the Comprehensive Plan was completed and adopted in 2007.