Best Practice Actions [See action tools, guidance, city reports]
Optional for all cities
Category B and C cities that choose to implement this best practice must complete at least one action.
Category A cities that choose to implement this best practice must complete at least two actions.
Meeting sustainable urbanism's goal of complete, compact and connected development depends on mixing land uses, which lowers infrastructure costs, minimizes environmental impacts and increases a community's quality of life. A city can use its land use authority and other tools to help create a vibrant community that attracts jobs, fosters economic development, and that is an appealing place in which people can live, work, and recreate without having to drive everywhere for every activity of daily living. Growth can happen in a manner where roads, transit, schools, ecologic services, and access to retail, commercial, and industrial facilities are planned for and efficiently provided through connection and coordination with existing local and regional infrastructure and services.
connection to state Policy
As of July 1, 2009 the new Minnesota Education Omnibus Law includes provisions to eliminate minimum acreage requirements for schools, and to remove the bias against renovating, rather than rebuilding, old, typically more compact schools within walking and biking distance of residential neighborhoods.