Superior’s Comprehensive Plan lays foundation for the next 20 years

Superior’s Comprehensive Plan lays foundation for the next 20 years
Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 8:15 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2021 at 6:15 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - The City of Superior is looking toward the future and setting goals for how they want their city to look in 20 years.

The city’s Comprehensive Plan hopes to outline just that.

Housing, economic development, and land use are just three of the 11 key themes Superior City leaders highlight in the plan.

“It’s essentially the planning department’s guidebook, and it’s also the city’s guidebook for development,” said Jason Serck, Director of Economic Planning & Port Planning for the City of Superior.

The plan is a framework of priorities and issues the community is looking to improve on.

Earlier this year, residents shared their thoughts through a survey.

Serck said an affordable place to live was a main concern.

“The community is really in tune to the housing issues we have, not only single-family but also the low-income housing situation, which I think we need to focus on,” said Serck.

Serck said the plan is designed to be flexible and adaptable, with updates required by the state every ten years.

Superior’s Mayor Jim Paine said this allows the city to continue to grow with a clear vision in place.

“I wanna see a city that works for everybody and for me that makes sure we are looking at the kinds of things that make a city grow and thrive and improve, like economic development, but it’s also helping those folks that are really struggling or don’t have access to the same resources as everybody else,” said Mayor Paine.

With the community on board, both city leaders hope to see a tangible change that will stand the test of time.

“We are more or less going along with things we are already doing and just making sure that we keep that vision as we cross not only time but administrations, councils, and things of that nature,” said Serck.

The planning commission invites residents to attend the final open house where they can see the plan in person and offer their feedback before it heads to the council for approval in December.

The open house is Wednesday, December 1st, from 4-7 P.M. at the Superior Government Center.

There will also be a virtual option for feedback.

If all goes according to plan, it will be adopted by January 1st.

If you would like to learn more about the Comprehensive Plan, click here.

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