Chisholm Comprehensive Plan 2012

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Chisholm Comprehensive Plan 2012

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This 34-page plan is much more detailed than the comprehensive plan from 2003. There is a major focus on the re-routing of Highway 169, with various options for development and re-development. There is little specific mention of water resources except to note that Longyear Lake will remain Chisholm’s focal point and that trails and other amenities including a boat launch will be added. It notes that The Causeway will become a significant focal point: “This plan envisions the removal of the causeway dividing Longyear Lake. In one form or another the causeway has been a part of Chisholm for a hundred years but it prevents the essential restoration of Longyear Lake into the naturally functioning body of water that can be the community’s keystone attraction. Its removal makes the lake’s revitalization into a regionally significant recreation area possible and provides the opportunity for such vital projects as the Festival Park. The ‘Bridge of Peace’ and associated flags will become part of one of the new lakeshore developments.” A stormwater project will be installed near the fishing pier. Actions related to Longyear Lake restoration include: “1. Develop Case Statement to describe how the combined proposed actions are intended to restore the water body to a naturally functioning system for recreational, aesthetic, civic, economic and environmental benefits. 2. Seek peer review of the Case Statement by MnDNR, environmental groups, recreational groups, and the like for purposes of building support. 3. Develop restoration plan with sequence of activities to implement and research funding sources.”


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Funding provided by: Chisholm Area Community Foundation, City of Chisholm, St. Louis County

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Arrowhead Regional Development Commission. (2012). Chisholm Comprehensive Plan 2012. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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