This project completes the fifth and final year of Duluth’s effort to map theproperty ownership of the whole city. In 2009, with monies from the City ofDuluth, St. Louis County and the Lake Superior Coastal Program, Pro-West andAssociates and the City of Duluth were able to map the final 9,500 parcels in thecity and carry out quality control on the whole dataset. The completion of theseparcels brings the total number of parcels mapped in the City of Duluth over thelast five years to 52,500. The completion of the city’s land ownership databasemarks another step in its continued effort to protect the Lake Superior Watershedwith proper management of its many rivers, streams and shoreline within the city.It also fulfils the city commitment to assist Saint Louis County in completing itsland ownership map of the entire county by the end of 2010. The city and thecounty look forward to continuing their cooperation on the development,maintenance and improvement of the geographic land ownership database andusing this valuable tool to help in its cooperative management of the LakeSuperior watershed.With this detailed property ownership map, the City is already using it to bettermanage development and its municipal infrastructure, while protecting the naturalenvironment and Lake Superior watershed. This year’s project mapped propertywithin Duluth that is south and west of the I-35 corridor and other miscellaneousareas around the city. Nearly all the areas mapped were on the St. Louis River orwithin 1 mile of the river. Having these neighborhoods, industrial and commercialareas mapped will give planners, engineers and technicians the information theyneed to make informed decisions when working with property owners,businesses and developers to manage land in a manner that will protect the LakeSuperior watershed.
This project digitally mapped the property ownership of 9,500 parcels andsurveyed over 50 monument corners. Also, over 52,500 parcels and their relateddata were reviewed and corrected where needed.Areas mapped included land in Fond du Lac, Gary, Morgan Park, New Duluth,Rice’s Point, and Park Point. These areas include highly industrial sites, denselypopulated neighborhoods and many of the most wooded and natural areas ofDuluth. Some examples include the old US Steel plant site, Magney/SnivelyPark and Mission Creek Park.Most of the survey that was needed for this year’s project was gathered last year.Fifty-four monument corners were gathered this year, 12 of these were PLScorners and the others were city monuments and plat corners. All of the PLScorners and survey points were used to define metes and bounds for propertythat has not been subdivided, or to register property subdivisions in their correctlocation. In addition to creating parcels, 24 whole and partial Public Land Survey