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Community Planning

Duluth's Medical District

Health care is a leading industry in Duluth, currently responsible for approximately 30% of the total employment. All Duluthians benefit from the health services in our region and from the economic development surrounding the health care industry. The medical district centers on St Luke’s Hospital and Essentia Health’s St. Mary’s Hospital. The two systems are actively planning for the future of their hospitals and clinics, including new hospitals and clinics, renovated facilities, and areas available for housing and other development.

Public Meetings

NEW: The Planning Commission will have a special public hearing on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 5:00 pm in the Duluth City Hall Council Chambers.  There will also be an optional informational meeting by city staff on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 6:00 pm in Room 303 at Duluth City Hall

Click here for a PDF copy of some of the application materials (rezoning, concurrent use permits, and plans related to the new 940,000 square foot medical facility)

Environmental Assessment Worksheet

An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is required for the proposed Essentia development. The City of Duluth is the Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU) for this EAW, which is currently being prepared. When available, more information will be posted on this web page.

Final Published EAW 2/4/19

Record of Decision and Responses to Comments Received, determination that an EIS is not required 4/22/10

Other Information

Find information on Essentia Health’s projects here 

Ben VanTassel
Provisional Manager
City Hall, Room 160
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802


Keith Hamre
Director, Planning & Economic Development


Adam Fulton
Deputy Director, Planning & Economic Development


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M-F: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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