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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, native vegetation, growing food, clothes lines and renewable energy.

 
  • 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 dividing large houses into multi-family units.

Maplewood

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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Shoreview

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:
Jessica Schaum (City staff)   |   jschaum@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

Partners:
Watershed districts

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Woodbury

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