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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.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Date completed/entered:   04/13/2015

Date updated:   04/13/2015

Implementation details:
The Leech lake housing authority implemented a renewable energy and land use ordinance which requires adopting storm water guidelines.

For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

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Date completed/entered:   03/22/2012

Date updated:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The city of Maplewood has a collection program for residents where city employees will remove cleared buckthorn that has been cleared and placed on the curbside for removal during certain times of the year. There are volunteer groups as well as hotlines organized by the Maplewood Nature Center and Ramsey county to report invasive species located within Maplewood. Rain garden information is available from the city as well as the Nature Center. The Partners in Energy program rolling out in May 2015 will have an aspect that will engage residents by creating an energy challenge. This challenge will allow people to utilize resources to create change in the way energy is used at the resident level. There are community gardens within Maplewood for residents located in Edgerton Park. This area allows for larger scale local food production.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Link to Maplewood Rain Gardens: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=1032 Link to Maplewood Partners in Energy: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=1180 Link to Maplewood Community Gardens: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=999

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=1050

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, MBA, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Development and Climate Resilience Principal Planner, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2568, laura.millberg@state.mn.us, http://www.pca.state.mn.us/yhiz6ef