County Comprehensive Trails plan ready for review

A Cook County Comprehensive Trails Plan is being developed to outline strategic actions that the county and trail stakeholders can take to “create and maintain a quality system of trails for multiple uses in order to contribute to the quality of life for residents and the quality of experiences for visitors in Cook County and Grand Portage.”

Cook County is working with professional planners from the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) to complete the planning process and a public comment period will open on March 7, 2016.

According to David Demmer, land use specialist with Cook County Planning and Zoning, draft proposed actions include policy changes, improved and expanded trail systems, improvements to trail affiliated public facilities, improving the efficiency of trail maintenance, and many other ideas.

On March 7, 2016, residents and other interested stakeholders can review the draft document by going to: www.arrowheadplanning.org/ccctp.

The draft plan can also reviewed as a hard copy at the Cook County Planning and Zoning office and the Grand Marais Public Library.

The public input period will give interested parties a chance to suggest changes or add recommended actions to the plan. The committee responsible for drafting the plan will consider changes to the document after the public input period closes on March 18, 2016 and before the plan goes to an official adoption process with the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

Comments on the draft plan should be sent to ARDC via email to Charlie Moore at cmoore@ardc.org or mailed to: Charlie Moore, ARDC, 221 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55812.

Additional comments will be accepted at a public presentation of the draft plan at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Cook County commissioners’ room at the courthouse in Grand Marais.

 

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