Gary/New Duluth Small Area Plan HIA

Project Background

map of Gary/New Duluth

Between June 2013 and 2014, MDH facilitated a health impact assessment (HIA) on the Gary/New Duluth Small Area Plan (SAP) in collaboration with Duluth city staff and a Technical Advisory Committee made up of community members and representatives from St. Louis County Public Health, Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, Parks and Recreation, Metropolitan Interstate Council, and St. Luke’s Hospital. The SAP builds upon the goals, policies and implementation strategies in the comprehensive plan and provides a finer level of detail. The SAP included recommendations for residential and commercial development, natural environment, transportation, and parks and recreation.

The purpose of the HIA was to explore how the SAP could impact the community's health, positively and negatively, and make recommendations to the SAP to promote positive impacts and reduce negative impacts. The HIA specifically focused on impacts to social cohesion, physical activity, and access to healthy food.

On June 23, 2014, the Duluth City Council approved the Gary/New Duluth SAP and HIA. Links to the final documents are included below.

HIA Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

May 12, 2014
Final HIA Technical Advisory Committee meeting

March 11, 2014
Duluth Planning Commission Public Hearing

  • The Planning Commission recommended approval to the City Council for the SAP & HIA.

February 4, 2014
Sixth HIA Technical Advisory Committee meeting

January 9, 2014
Fifth HIA Technical Advisory Committee meeting

November 18, 2013
Fourth HIA Technical Advisory Committee meeting

November 6, 2013
Small Area Plan Public Meeting
Slides from the Small Area Plan and HIA presentations can be found on the City of Duluth's Gary/New Duluth Small Area Plan website under Meetings & Documents - Presentations.

October 10, 2013
Third HIA Technical Advisory Committee meeting

September 5, 2013
Second HIA Technical Advisory Committee meeting

July 31, 2013
First HIA Technical Advisory Committee meeting

June 18, 2013
Joint kick-off meeting of the Small Area Plan Steering Committee and HIA Technical Advisory Committee

The Gary/New Duluth Small Area Plan HIA is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Updated Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:21AM