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New Green Buildings
no. 3

Construct new buildings to meet or qualify under a green building framework.
  Best Practice Action 5      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]       [all actions]

Adopt environmentally preferable covenant guidelines for new common interest communities addressing issues such as stormwater, greywater, native vegetation, growing food, clothes lines and renewable energy.

  • A bill in the 2014 MN Legislature establishes clear guidelines for the permitting of rooftop solar projects by Homeowners Association (HOA) boards, allowing HOAs to impose reasonable restrictions while at the same time removing barriers to solar energy. These guidelines and restrictions would apply to both solar PV and solar thermal projects, and would only cover homeowners responsible for their own roof.
  • Common interest communities are condominium associations, homeowner associations, housing cooperatives and the like. Cities can adopt guidelines governing the content of these homeowner covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&R) or other forms of deed restrictions to ensure that they allow, for example, installation of rain gardens, prairie grasses, clothes lines, and renewable energy technologies.
Guidelines allow native vegetation, raingardens and renewable energy installations.
Guidelines allow larger-scale food production areas.
Guideliness allow greywater reuse; dividing large houses into multi-family units.


Date completed/entered:   03/22/2012

Implementation details:
The city has many different common interests communities within the area. There are groups that organize volunteer outings to remove invasives such as buckthorn, thus, allowing native vegation to grow back. There are groups that are focused on the many raingradens within the area. The city of maplewood even has a program in which volunteers will help residence set up and maintain raingardens in yards. Raingarden Page http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=456

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=354

For more information contact:
Ginny Gaynor (City staff)   |   virginia.gaynor@ci.maplewood.mn.us   |   651-249-2416

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Date completed/entered:   02/20/2013

Implementation details:
The City's Comprehensive Plan, Surface Water Management Plan, and Municipal Code guide development and stormwater management. Where feasible raingardens or infiltration basins are encouraged to meet requirements. The Environmental Quality Committee may recommend native vegetation and renewable energy systems.

Descriptive links: http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/pdfs/comprehensive-plan/CPSurface_Water.pdf

For more information contact:
Mark Maloney (City staff)   |   mmaloney@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4651

Watershed districts

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Date completed/entered:   09/24/2013

Implementation details:
All development in the city must adhere to the stormwater management standards and design criteria set forth in Section 27-27 of the municipal code. Maintenance agreements are required for private stormwater facilities. Section 24-270 allows for “laundry drying equipment” in residential areas. These are not specific to common interest communities.

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greenstep advisor
Laura Millberg, Green Building Specialist, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2568, laura.millberg@state.mn.us, http://www.pca.state.mn.us/yhiz6ef