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Doty names Comprehensive Plan leadership team

Mayor Gary Doty announced Tuesday in a press release that an in-house leadership team has been formed to continue the city's comprehensive planning process, after the city terminated its agreement with the consulting firm SmithGroup JJR last month.

Mayor Gary Doty announced Tuesday in a press release that an in-house leadership team has been formed to continue the city's comprehensive planning process, after the city terminated its agreement with the consulting firm SmithGroup JJR last month.
In a letter to the City Council, Doty outlined the appointments. Doty said his administration's intention is to review needs for consultant expertise in about six months.
The three city staff members named to the team include:
* Tom Cotruvo, a 25-year veteran of the city planning department and currently the city's economic development manager. Cotruvo holds a master's degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania and has served as senior planner for the city.
* Charles Froseth, currently the city's senior planner, who also holds a master's degree in city planning. Froseth has held a number of professional planning positions in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including overseeing preparation of the Eau Claire County Comprehensive Plan.
* Keith Hamre, currently Duluth's manager of community development and housing. Hamre holds a master's degree in geography and urban studies and has served as principal planner for the city of Barnstable, Mass., where he was responsible for completing a comprehensive plan.
The team members will be responsible for overseeing Planning Department responsibilities related to the Comprehensive Plan until a new consultant needs to be hired.
A discussion forum has also been added to the Comprehensive Plan's Web page. Located on the front page of the site, the discussion forum allows citizens an opportunity to provide comments on district plans. Information for each of the 10 planning districts is currently located on the Web site and includes agendas, lists of assets and concerns, minutes, maps, defining places and other information.
As more information is added to the site, citizens who have not been fully involved, or who are just curious, can review the background data and drafts of the Future Land Use Plan Map.
The discussion forum allows the public to provide comments as the plans are being developed or they can engage in a dialogue with others about the particulars of the plan.
To visit the site go to http://www.duluthplan.com .

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