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Gull Lake Micropolitan Pilot Area Planning Terms and Definitions Research

The Region Five Development Commission was established in 1973 as part of the state’s regional development act. Micropolitan planning is a collaborative effort coordinated by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, the Region Five Development Commission, the Initiative Foundation, and Cass and Crow Wing Counties. The goal of the pilot plan is to implement multijurisdictional planning within a pilot cluster of communities around the Gull Lake Chain of Lakes in Crow Wing and southern Cass Counties. The multijurisdictional plan for the communities around the Gull Lake will address public infrastructure, land use planning, and recreation planning. Amy Piekarski, an undergraduate student from Bemidji State University, analyzed, compared, and contrasted the terms and definitions the jurisdictions use in their plans and ordinances. The results are being used to provide the basis for a more uniform, consistent land use planning strategy and are being replicated and shared throughout the Micropolitan Area and throughout the rest of the Central Minnesota region.

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Community organization or agency: 
Region 5 Development Commission
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CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988