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GreenStep City Best Practices Transportation

Living Streets
no. 11

Create a network of green complete streets that improves city quality of life and adds value to surrounding properties.
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Adopt a complete streets policy or a living streets policy, which addresses landscaping and stormwater.

 
A city council resolution to develop standards; a policy governing city-owned streets; routine consideration of complete streets elements in all streets projects; explicit complete streets comp/strategic plan direction, that expresses the city's intent to facilitate multi-modal transportation (at least one route for each mode); include consideration of EV charging stations.
A city-council-adopted complete streets policy and implementation criteria.
A Living Streets policy; modify street design standards/practices according to policy, addressing multimodal transportation, trees and stormwater; include provisions/performance measures that account for the needs of the most vulnerable users, aiming to deliver benefits to all users equitably, particularly vulnerable users and the most underinvested and underserved communities; possible additional elements include align new streets to give buildings energy-efficient passive solar orientations; address public art in the street right-of-way; use a sustainable infrastructure tool; give consideration to growing use of ridesharing services and shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) by, for example, planning for more drop-off road sections.

Arlington

Date action report first entered:   03/30/2016
Date of last report update:   03/30/2016

Implementation details:
The Arlington City Council Adopted Ordinance 305 establishing a Complete Streets Policy. The Complete Streets Policy defines a process to ensure future street and transportation projects give ample consideration to all future users and incorporate features as necessary to fulfill the City's vision of Complete Streets. The City views each street and transportation project as unique, this means design features will likely differ from street to street, yet each street may still be considered "complete". The policy consists of narrative standards and a map illustrating focus corridors.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The unadopted (informal) Policy was used in the planning of our 2015 Street & Utility Improvement Project. We narrowed the width of our streets, added sidewalks and green space.

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For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor)   |   cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com   |   507-964-2378

Partners:
EDA/Planning Consultant Cynthia Smith-Strack, Streets Committee, Planning & Zoning Committee

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Edina

Date action report first entered:   04/21/2014

Implementation details:
The Living Streets Policy was approved by City Council on Aug. 20, 2013, and Living Streets Plan development is underway. The Living Streets Plan will address how the Policy will be implemented by providing more detailed information on street design, traffic calming, bike facilities, landscaping and lighting, as well best practices for community engagement during the design process.

Descriptive links: http://edinamn.gov/index.php?section=living_streets             view file

For more information contact:
Mark Nolan (City staff)   |   mnolan@edinamn.gov   |   (952)826-0322

Partners:
Blue Cross & Blue Sheild; Bloomington Public Health; Transit for Livable Communities

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Maplewood

Date action report first entered:   04/22/2012
Date of last report update:   05/16/2016

Implementation details:
Maplewood has developed a complete green street policy called "Living Streets" to address safety and accessibility for all the users of the roads, trails and transit systems, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, commercial and emergency vehicles and for people of all ages and abilities. The City Council adopted the Living Streets Policy on January 28, 2013. The goals of the Living Streets Policy include: •Enhance biking and walking conditions •Enhance safety and security of streets •Calm traffic •Create livable neighborhoods •Improve stormwater quality •Enhance the urban forest •Reduce life cycle costs •Improve neighborhood aesthetics As of May 2016 there have been three City road projects constructed using the Living Streets Policy.

Descriptive links: http://maplewoodmn.gov/1166/Living-Streets-Policy             view file

For more information contact:
Steve Love (City staff)   |   steve.love@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2404

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Northfield

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2014

Implementation details:
Council passed our Complete Streets Policy on July 17, 2012. The purpose of this Policy is to design surface transportation corridors that balance the needs of all users while implementing the principles of the Comprehensive Plan of enhancing Northfield's sense of place and creating a highly connected multi-modal transportation network. As part of developing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure through the implementation of this Complete Streets, Northfield intends and expects to realize long -term cost savings in improved public health, better environmental stewardship, reduced fuel consumption, and reduced demand for motor vehicle infrastructure through the implementation of this Complete Streets policy. Complete Streets also contribute to walkable neighborhoods which can foster interaction, create a sense of community pride and improve quality of life.

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For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   10/27/2014
Date of last report update:   10/27/2014

Implementation details:
The City was awarded a TIGER II planning grant from the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) to develop a Complete Streets Plan that focuses on creating tools to implement the complete streets policies the City passed as part of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. Street Design Manual The City of Saint Paul is currently developing a Street Design Manual to illustrate street design best practices and to implement adopted complete streets policies. Complete streets policies require that the needs of all street users, of all ages and abilities, be considered in the process of street design. This is the first Street Design Manual for the City and is intended to help streamline the City’s internal street design processes by developing a toolbox for street design and by providing a clear framework for street design processes. The draft Street Design Manual is available here for view. Several pilot street design workshops were completed in 2013 as part of the Street Design Manual project. Projects were selected from identified in completed citywide or neighborhood plans and studies. The workshops focused on a particular street, intersection, or area, and resulting in a preliminary design with prioritized street improvements. The goals of the pilot projects are to test the Street Design Manual in a workshop setting to create an opportunity to refine it before it is finalized, and to advance complete streets design in a variety of locations throughout the city. The complete draft Street Design Manual was introduced to the Transportation Committee on July 14, 2014. The draft manual will continue to be edited until it is released for public comment and a public hearing date is set by Planning Commission.

Descriptive links: http://www.stpaul.gov/DocumentCenter/View/73713

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6590

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Winona

Date action report first entered:   12/07/2017
Date of last report update:   12/12/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Winona approved a Complete Streets and Pedestrian & Bicycle plan on Dec. 4, 2017. The plan provides guidance for implementing more pedestrian and bicycling features with road construction projects.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Miles of new pedestrian and bike trails. Reduced crashes between cars and pedestrians and bikes.

Descriptive links: https://www.cityofwinona.com/city-services/planning-zoning/complete-streets/

For more information contact:
Luke Sims (City staff)   |   lsims@ci.winona.mn.us   |   (507) 457-8250

Partners:
City of Winona Active Transportation Committee

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Woodbury

Date action report first entered:   04/26/2013

Implementation details:
As part of the city’s commitment to sustainability and the update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, the city created a task force that completed a 15-month study of roadway corridor needs and their potential impacts. The resulting street design principles document balances the environmental impacts caused by roadways and impervious surface with the need to create space for trees, alternative transportation needs for pedestrians and bicyclists, and incorporate both complete streets and context sensitive design principles. The final document has been used to create templates for all city street corridors and has been used as a model of how cities in the region might approach the move toward Complete Streets. The Task Force sought to balance four significant goals in roadway corridor design. Traditionally, roadway design has been based on the twin principles of safety and mobility. As Woodbury has continued to mature and seek a leadership role in areas of quality of life, those two principles alone are insufficient to capture all the aspects that today’s roadway design needs to encompass. After extensive discussions with the Design Principles Task Force, it became clear that two more principles besides safety and mobility need to be added — Sustainability and Livability. Therefore, the city’s more complete list of design principles is as follows: - Mobility - Safety - Sustainability - Livability The approach used differed in significant ways from traditional approaches to roadway design, including the following: The smallest size corridor necessary to meet functional requirements and to accommodate projected traffic will be the starting point for roadway design on city, county, and state projects As a design feature, four-lane undivided roadways have been replaced with a three-lane design with center turn lane; which functions as well for mobility, but reduces the pavement area. Three-lane sections also typically have many fewer crashes when compared to four-lane undivided roadways. Minimizing the crossing width for pedestrians to the degree possible Including flexibility in the designs to add transit or other alternatives in the future Including pedestrian and bicycle facilities and landscape elements as integral components of each of the roadway templates, but not necessarily including on-street bicycle lanes; on-street bicycle lanes and bicycle routes will be evaluated on a case by case basis on city roads as part of the preliminary engineering report An updated plant schedule for corridors was included to provide high level aesthetics and environmental enhancement while minimizing maintenance costs and interference with infrastructure. Section 27-27 (a) through (h) of the City’s Environmental Management Ordinance lists the requirements for stormwater management when sites develop. Linear public roadway projects are specifically addressed in Section 27-27 (i) and are required to meet the objectives, although flexibility in the location of the BMPs to handle roadway runoff is allowed. A recent example of this is the County Road 19 reconstruction project, where the required volume reduction is being accomplished by rainwater reuse systems that will be installed on two golf courses that abut the roadway. Although the actual runoff from the road may not be treated, additional runoff from other drainage areas will be treated and counted towards the roadway stormwater management.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Albert Lea

Date action report first entered:   07/13/2016
Date of last report update:   07/13/2016

Implementation details:
City Ordinance 129(t) was adopted by the Albert Lea City Council in 2009 declaring that all subdivisions will be designed with complete streets.

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/albert_lea/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH54SU_ARTIIIIM_S54-129STBLLA

For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff)   |   jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us   |   507-377-4316

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Austin

Date action report first entered:   06/07/2012

Implementation details:
Completed and passed by City Council at 6/4/12 meeting

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For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Elected official)   |   jkanderson@gofast.am   |   507-433-1081

Partners:
Engineering and Public Works Department

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Big Lake

Date action report first entered:   10/06/2017
Date of last report update:   10/06/2017
Year action initially completed:   2010
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
This policy was adopted in 2010. The City of Big Lake only does road construction every 10 years, the last being in 2008. Therefore, we are currently planning for road construction in 2018, and the complete streets policy will be a part of that plan.

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For more information contact:
Layne Otteson (City staff)   |   lotteson@biglakemn.org   |   763-251-2984

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Bloomington

Date action report first entered:   01/05/2018
Date of last report update:   01/31/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Attached is the City's complete streets policy, which was adopted by City Council on February 27, 2012.

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For more information contact:
Mary Hurliman (City staff)   |   mhurliman@BloomingtonMN.gov   |   952-563-8730

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Brainerd

Date action report first entered:   01/09/2018
Date of last report update:   01/09/2018
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Brainerd adopted resolution NO. 11:15 in March of 2015, providing a Complete Streets Policy. This Complete Streets Policy incorporates the simple and basic concept that a network of streets and roadways should be designed and operated to be safe and accessible for all transportation users whether they are pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders or vehicular motorists. Transportation shall include all multi-modal users regardless of age or ability.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.brainerd.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/4054             view file

For more information contact:
Mark Ostgarden (City staff)   |   mostgarden@ci.brainerd.mn.us   |   218-828-2309

Partners:
Walkable and Bikeable City Committee

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Brooklyn Center

Date action report first entered:   02/09/2015
Date of last report update:   03/19/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Brooklyn Park has adopted a Complete Streets policy

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For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff)   |   ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us   |   763-569-3327

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Burnsville

Date action report first entered:   06/25/2012

Implementation details:
In 2012, Burnsville adopted a Sustainable Infrastructure Policy that addresses street trees and storm water management.

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For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Falcon Heights

Date action report first entered:   10/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of Falcon Heights adopted a complete streets policy in October 2011 after receiving input from the city's Environment Commission.

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For more information contact:
Sack Thongvanh (City staff)   |   sack.thongvanh@falconheights.org   |   651-792-7600

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Fergus Falls

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Fergus Falls adopted Resolution #141-2012, a resolution establishing a complete streets policy on August 6, 2012. The resolution does address street trees and stormwater issues.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   04/25/2017
Date of last report update:   04/25/2017
Year action initially completed:   2011
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
On March 15, 2011 City Council passed a resolution to support complete streets and direct staff to continue to use established plans and policies supporting transportation systems for all users. The Transportation Chapter of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan addresses implementing bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements including conditions and connectivity as well as the integration of future pedestrian and bicycle facilities with roadway improvements. In 2016, a bicycle and pedestrian task force was assembled to assess routes and connectivity in Golden Valley and a bicycle and pedestrian section will be incorporated to the 2040 comprehensive plan expressing the City’s intent to facilitate multi-modal transportation.

Descriptive links: http://www.goldenvalleymn.gov/planning/comprehensiveplanupdate/index.php

For more information contact:
Jason Zimmerman (City staff)   |   jzimmerman@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   (763)-593-8099

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Hutchinson

Date action report first entered:   03/02/2016
Date of last report update:   03/02/2016

Implementation details:
A Complete Streets policy addressing street trees and stormwater was passed at the December 22 2015 City Council meeting.

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Moorhead

Date action report first entered:   05/30/2018
Date of last report update:   05/30/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Updated Policy considerations from 2004 in 2010. Multi-Modal connections and complete streets aimed at making Moorhead accessible via all modes of transportation including bikes, pedestrians, transit, and individuals of all age ranges.

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For more information contact:
Dan Mahli (City staff)   |   dan.mahli@cityofmoorhead.com   |   218-299-5314

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   04/01/2015
Date of last report update:   11/19/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The city adopted a Complete Streets policy in January of 2011. The policy addresses both street trees and stormwater. Examples of streets that have been altered to follow the complete streets philosophy include Boone Ave N & 49th Ave N, Winnetka Ave from Bass Lake Rd to 62nd Ave N, and Xylon Ave N & 45th Ave N (2015).

Descriptive links: https://www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/cms/one.aspx?portalid=9826709&pageid=11168672

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Richfield

Date action report first entered:   02/19/2016
Date of last report update:   02/19/2016

Implementation details:
The City adopted a complete streets policy and has been implementing it. Policy 1 states: "The City of Richfield seeks to enhance the safety, access, convenience and comfort of all users of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians (including people requiring mobility aids), bicyclists, transit users, motorists and freight drivers, through the design, operation and maintenance of the transportation network so as to create a connected network of facilities accommodating each mode of travel that is consistent with and supportive of the community’s values ...." This is a part of the City's 'Sweet Streets' program.

Descriptive links: http://richfieldsweetstreets.org/

For more information contact:
Jim Topitzhofer (City staff)   |   JTopitzhofer@richfieldmn.gov   |   612-861-9394

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Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/26/2015
Date of last report update:   03/26/2015

Implementation details:
Several sections of the City's Comprehensive Plan provide the over-arching policies for "Great Streets" for the City. In summary, the City views Great Streets as an integral part of the City’s vision for transportation opportunities for all modes. Great Streets and Active Living were two priority themes for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update. A well-designed transportation system will allow for options. As we move into the future and explore requests for redeveloping and repositioning the downtown, we expect to continue to enhance multi-modal opportunities. “Great Streets” Concept. The Vision chapter of the Apple Valley Comprehensive Plan states that the City should be a place of “great streets”. A great street extends beyond the street surface to the sidewalks and landscaping in the adjacent right-of-way. A great street provides for the safe and efficient movement of vehicles while encouraging travel by bicycles and pedestrians. A great street supports and enhances land use. A great street adds to the quality of life and identity of Apple Valley. The street system should be designed to avoid unintended traffic patterns and volumes. Therefore, the City will consider the “great streets” concept when planning future improvements to transportation corridors such as CSAH 23 (Cedar Avenue), CSAH 42, and the Downtown Ring Route. Transportation in Apple Valley involves more than driving a car. An aging population, rising energy costs and desires for an active and healthy community encourage a transportation system that provides meaningful ways for people to travel by bus, foot, bicycle, and wheelchair.

Descriptive links: http://mn-applevalley.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/381

For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff)   |   CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us   |   952-953-2508

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Belle Plaine

Date action report first entered:   03/09/2017
Date of last report update:   04/10/2018
Year action initially completed:   2009
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Belle Plaine's Current Comprehensive plan approved in 2009, has guidance regarding the construction of trails in conjunction with certain types of roadways to allow for multi-modal transportation within the city. This guidance can be found in Chapter 7 page 7. The Comprehensive Plan of 2009 also outlines pathway standards in Chapter 8 starting on page 9. The comprehensive plan also contains a Greenway Trail Plan.

Descriptive links: http://www.belleplainemn.com/sites/default/files/documents/Chapter7-Transportation.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Laura Blue (City staff)   |   lblue@ci.belleplaine.mn.us   |   952-873-5553

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Bemidji

Date action report first entered:   02/06/2013
Date of last report update:   06/17/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Bemidji passed a Complete Streets Resolution on January 11, 2011 (see attached file).

Outcome measures/metrics:
This commitment is recognized in both the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Zoning Ordinance, Section 1010 on X-25, which deals with Non-Motorized Transportation, and also the Greater Bemidji Area Transportation Plan, which contains a section on Complete Streets on page 20. The GBAJPB Zoning Ordinance and the Transportation Plan can both be found on the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board's website under "Zoning Ordinance, Maps, and Agreements" or by following this link: http://www.jpbgba.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={4C86D582-7B17-49D5-AC6B-5054BCE63846}&DE={8F42DCF7-5690-4689-B686-48FF0BAE1AB9}

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For more information contact:
David Hansen (City staff)   |   david.hansen@ci.bemidji.mn.us   |   218-333-1855

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Cottage Grove

Date action report first entered:   01/29/2014

Implementation details:
Cottage Grove Comprehensive plan goals include providing safe, high-quality, and cost effective multi-modal transportation systems within the community as well as focus on expanding transit options serving cottage grove. These options include increased bus routes, express bus service and commuter rail via the Red Rock Corridor.

For more information contact:
Ryan Burfeind (City staff)   |   rburfeind@cottage-grove.org   |   651-458-2899

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Duluth

Date action report first entered:   06/03/2014
Date of last report update:   06/03/2014

Implementation details:
The City of Duluth adopted resolution 10-1028 in 2010, providing for a Complete Streets Policy.

For more information contact:
Alex Jackson, Energy Coordinator (City staff)   |   ajackson@DuluthMN.gov   |   218-730-4433

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Eagan

Date action report first entered:   09/07/2011

Implementation details:
The 2030 Eagan Comp Guide Plan has a stated goal to develop a multi-modal transportation system in which autos,trucks, rail, transit, bicycles and pedestrians are adequately served and can safely co-exist. A Complete Streets resolution, which states the City's ongoing commitment to Complete Streets principles and lists numerous examples of Complete Street efforts completed within the City, was approved by the City Council on September 6, 2011.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.eagan.mn.us/upload/images/comprehensive/2030%20Comprehensive%20Plan/7%20-%20Transportation_low.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Andrew Pimental (City staff)   |   apimental@cityofeagan.com   |   651-675-5506

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Eden Prairie

Date action report first entered:   12/13/2011

Implementation details:
A formal policy is adopted in the Major Center Area (MCA) of the city. The city also completed a MCA Streetscape Master Plan. Both documents address street trees and stormwater. On 3/25/12 the Metropolitan Council approved our Livable Communities grant request for approximately $45,000 to fund the Town Center storm water analysis project. Complete streets standards are evaluated on a project by project basis in other areas of the city.

Descriptive links: http://www.edenprairie.org/index.aspx?page=121

For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff)   |   tmahtani@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8413

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Elk River

Date action report first entered:   12/14/2012

Implementation details:
The City’s Comprehensive Plan states that a transportation system that supports non-vehicular movement is an important element in the future vision of Elk River. Sidewalk, trails, bike lanes and other improvements that provide for non-vehicular movement should be viewed as integral components of the transportation system. The plan promotes these improvements in several ways: • Developers are encouraged to provide sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes in new subdivisions • Sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes should be included in the plans for improvements to collector and arterial streets in Elk River • Other street improvement projects consider options for enhancing non-vehicular movement The Plan also outlines a well-defined system of sidewalks and trails to encourage pedestrian and other non-vehicular movement within the Old Town area of Elk River. These connections are designed to link downtown, the school campus, Loin’s Park, the River, Handke School and the Library. More recently, in 2010, the City Council adopted a Focused Area Study (FAST) on the 171st Avenue area of Elk River. The FAST outlines a course for change responding to both the near and long term development and transportation realities impacting the site. The area of which the study focuses on encompasses land surrounding major routes of transportation including HWY 10/169 and the Northstar Commuter Rail Station. The FAST stresses that creating a pedestrian environment and trail/sidewalk links will be critical for development of this area. The attached maps diagram planned transportation and green infrastructure including trees and stormwater for the area. Comprehensive Plan http://www.elkrivermn.gov/vertical/sites/%7B18493844-E9A7-4BC5-BA1B-5149BB77ECC4%7D/uploads/%7B54AB0630-8AE6-439B-B479-6EBE534B43AC%7D.PDF Focused Area Study- 171st Ave http://www.elkrivermn.gov/vertical/Sites/%7B18493844-E9A7-4BC5-BA1B-5149BB77ECC4%7D/uploads/FAST_Final_Plan_6-24-10.pdf

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For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff)   |   ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov   |   763-635-1068

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Elko New Market

Date action report first entered:   03/19/2016
Date of last report update:   03/19/2016

Implementation details:
See Comprehensive Plan for the "1 star" rating. A comp/strategic plan direction has been adopted and is revisited periodically so that continual improvements can be made.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.enm.mn.us/vertical/sites/%7B97941C7E-666C-4328-9370-1A15F984EEE3%7D/uploads/2030_Transportation_Plan_Appendix_A.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Mark Nagel (City staff)   |   mnagel@ci.enm.mn.us   |   952-461-2777

Partners:
Met Council, Bolton & Menk Engineers and Surveyors

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Ely

Date action report first entered:   04/28/2016
Date of last report update:   04/28/2016

Implementation details:
The City operates under a complete streets policy for decisions on streets and sidewalks. The "Ely Tree Board," made up of urban foresters, manage all public/urban trees.

For more information contact:
Harold Langowski (City staff)   |   elyod@ely.mn.us   |   218-226-5474

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Grand Marais

Date action report first entered:   11/04/2015
Date of last report update:   11/04/2015

Implementation details:
The City has worked with MnDOT and the County to identify needs for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and then created a complete street system in the downtown area that includes bike paths along Hwy 61, painted bike lanes on the streets throughout the downtown, and bike parking throughout city.

For more information contact:
Shane Steele (Contractor)   |   shane.w.steele@gmail.com   |   507-884-5790

Partners:
MN Department of Transportation; Cook County

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Hastings

Date action report first entered:   11/29/2016
Date of last report update:   11/29/2016
Year action initially completed:   n/a
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City does not have a formal “complete streets” policy, However, we have routinely addressed this matter in every infrastructure project we perform that involved street construction/reconstruction, by reviewing the City’s comprehensive sidewalk and trails plan to determine if facilities were prescribed for the project area. We also take note of any apparent needs for adding pedestrian and/or bicycle facilities through observation as well as project stakeholder feedback.

For more information contact:
Nick Egger (City staff)   |   negger@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-2370

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Hopkins

Date action report first entered:   06/27/2012

Implementation details:
Council Report 2010-115 Resolution 2010-067 Complete Street Policy Our practices have been modified to be in accordance with the policy. The city is completely built out and no new streets are anticipated.

Descriptive links: Complete Streets Policy             view file

For more information contact:
Nate Stanley (City staff)   |   Nstanley@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6356

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Inver Grove Heights

Date action report first entered:   04/13/2018
Date of last report update:   04/13/2018
Year action initially completed:   2010
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The 2030 Inver Grove Heights Comprehensive Plan reflects the planning period of 2010 – 2030. This document, “looks to the future and prescribes a plan and implementation strategy that is intended to provide guidance for decision making for the next 10 to 20 years”. Transportation planning is discussed throughout multiple sections, which are highlighted in the documentation below. Chapter 2: Land Use, states that Community Commercial Area Policies, “Ensure pedestrian connectivity via trails and sidewalks within community commercial districts as well as to adjacent and nearby neighborhoods”. Chapter 5: Transportation, states a goal of the transportation plan is to, “Provide a transportation system that supports multi-modal transportation whenever and wherever feasible and advantageous. Chapter 6: Parks and Recreation, is lists several key elements from the 2008 Comprehensive Park Plan and Development Guide that are used to guide the implementation and development of the Inver Grove Heights Park and Recreation System, one being, “Enhancing trail and bikeway connectivity”. This section identifies that, “A complete and connected trail system of trails and bikeways is highly valued by residents for leisure use and for transportation” and also states a goal of Inver Grove Heights trail system is to, “Promote safe, convenient and coordinated facilities for alternative means of transportation throughout the City of Inver Grove Heights”.

Descriptive links: https://www.ci.inver-grove-heights.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/94

For more information contact:
Ally Hillstrom (City staff)   |   ahillstrom@invergroveheights.org   |   651-604-8511

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Mankato

Date action report first entered:   05/01/2014

Implementation details:
Mankato recognizes the importance of multi-modal mobility options and identifies them as a focus point in the Strategic Plan (see page 5 in provided linked document). Mankato is working towards establishment of a formal Complete Streets policy and staff hopes to have the policy refined and adopted by late 2014.

Descriptive links: http://www.mankato-mn.gov/upload/images/PI/Mankato-Strategic-Plan-update-2014.pdf

For more information contact:
Molly Westman (City staff)   |   mwestman@mankatomn.gov   |   507-387-8571

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Maple Grove

Date action report first entered:   02/20/2015
Date of last report update:   02/20/2015

Implementation details:
City of Maple Grove’s 2008 Comprehensive Plan recognizes the importance of planning and investment for Multi-modal transportation. The following implementation strategies have been identified in the Comprehensive Plan for this goal: a. Promote the evaluation of light rail and other modes of transit. b. Continue to build transportation, transit, pedestrian and bicycle connections between work places, residences, retail, services and entertainment facilities, especially creating safe paths to schools. c. Continue to create and take advantage of opportunities to address transportation issues such as park and rides, local transit service and express bus service. d. Plan land use patterns to support transit development. Continue to support the integration of land uses enabling shared parking and transit oriented developments. Plan for the concentration of jobs and housing around transit hubs and daily conveniences as evidenced by the ongoing growth in the Gravel Mining Area. e. Make more efficient use of the regional transportation system by encouraging flexible work hours, telecommuting and ridesharing.

Descriptive links: http://www.maplegrovemn.gov/files/5113/2278/3382/Comprehensive_Land_Use_Plan_Book_10-5-2009.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Peter Vickerman (City staff)   |   PVickerman@maplegrovemn.gov   |   763-494-6046

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Marshall

Date action report first entered:   04/29/2016
Date of last report update:   04/29/2016

Implementation details:
Since becoming a Level 1 GreenStep City in 2012 the City of Marshall has demonstrated a commitment to the Complete/Living Streets standards by implementing a number of practices to improve and encourage safe, multimodal transportation in the community. The city partnered with Marshall GreenStep, Healthy56258, and the Southwest Regional Development Commission to conduct an extensive Health Impact Assessment in 2015 in an effort to look at the sidewalk and biking/walking path infrastructure, and to determine gaps. The study also looked at some problem intersections in the community. Input was sought from community members and several listening sessions were held to gather information. The final report and recommendations were presented to the City Council and received very favorably. In the past 5 years the number of miles of paved trails has more than doubled. Marshall now has 12.73 miles of on-street and 14.34 of off-street bike/walking paths, and in 2015 completed a 14 miles off-street path that connects the City of Marshall with the City of Lynd and Camden State Park. A Safe Routes to Schools application has also been written and submitted by a partnership that is concerned about making sure students can get to and from schools efficiently and safely. One of the most recent examples of commitment to Complete/Living Streets was the redesign of one of the most dangerous intersections in the Minnesota for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The Saratoga Street segment and Highway 23 intersection were redesigned to include “J-Turns” to reduce right angle car crashes. A large pedestrian bridge and bike/walking trail were constructed to provide convenient and safe biking and walking access to several neighborhoods that were separated by dangerous levels of traffic.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Marshall has achieved Tree City USA status since 2014. The City of Marshall has a Surface Water Management Utility as identified by Chapter 78, Article III. of the City Code of Ordinances. Revenues derived from stormwater utilities are dedicated to the construction, maintenance, and operation of the storm sewer drainage system and for education of stormwater best practices. Marshall now has 12.73 miles of on-street and 14.34 of off-street bike/walking paths, and in 2015 completed a 14 miles off-street path that connects the City of Marshall with the City of Lynd and Camden State Park. A pedestrian bridge and reduced conflict intersection was completed in 2015 and safety data is collected on-going.

Descriptive links: http://ci.marshall.mn.us/main/index.php/public-works/engineering/construction-projects/highway-23-saratoga-project

For more information contact:
Glenn Olson (City staff)   |   Glenn.Olson@ci.marshall.mn.com   |   507-537-6773

Partners:
GreenStep Committee; Healthy 56258; Southwest Regional Development Commission

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Minnetonka

Date action report first entered:   07/18/2017
Date of last report update:   08/31/2017
Year action initially completed:   2008
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Minnetonka's 2008 Comprehensive Plan recognizes the importance of planning for Multi-modal transportation. The City's Comprehensive Plan has sections on the future of the City's Transit System and Bicycle and Trail System. Furthermore, within the City's Comprehensive Plan, the following policies have been identified to support multi-modal transportation: Policy No. 2: Recognize the interrelationship of land use and transportation, and anticipate impacts of the location and intensity of planned land uses on the transportation system, Policy No. 6: Encourage, with other government agencies, the expansion of multi-modal and transit services in the city to support resident and business transportation needs, Policy No. 7: Plan for trails and pedestrian ways as a transportation mode and provide a network of trails and pathway connections to schools, commercial areas, parks, activity centers, and access to transit services.

Descriptive links: http://eminnetonka.com/documents/comprehensive_guide_plan/2030/ch_8_transportation.pdf

For more information contact:
Drew Ingvalson (City staff)   |   dingvalson@eminnetonka.com   |   952-939-8293

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Mountain Iron

Date action report first entered:   06/25/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Mountain Iron has adopted a green streets policy and is implementing aspects of the policy as they present themselves.

For more information contact:
Craig Wainio (City staff)   |   cwainio@ci.mountain-iron.mn.us   |   218-748-7570

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New Brighton

Date action report first entered:   08/01/2017
Date of last report update:   08/01/2017
Year action initially completed:   2012
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of New Brighton recognizes the importance of facilitating multi-modal transportation and has identified existing conditions and needs for pedestrian and bicycle pathways in the 2008 Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan. The plan focuses on areas of improvement that would help residents and visitors safely travel throughout the city and add value to surrounding properties. In addition, the plan identifies connecting pedestrian and bicycle trails to Arden Hills and Shoreview to expand residents’ transportation access. City Trail standards, best trail surfaces, and safety are all considered in the planning and implementation process. In 2010 the City initiated a Safe Routes to School project that provide a safe north south crossing on Silver Lake Road over 694. In 2015 the City worked with MnDOT and Ramsey County to install east west multi-use pathways on 10th Street NW, the route to Mounds View High School, and Highway 96 over 35W which will provides access to Long Lake Regional Park for Arden Hills residents. In 2016 the City worked with MnDOT and Ramsey County to install an east west multi-use pathway on County Road E2 into Arden Hills, home of Valentine Hills Elementary. New Brighton has been a Tree City USA for 35 years. In order to qualify as a Tree City USA community, New Brighton meets the following four standards: maintaining a tree board or department, establishing a tree care ordinance, documenting at least $2 per capita toward the planting, care, and removal of city trees, and passing and reciting an official Arbor Day proclamation. New Brighton established a surface water management plan in 2012 that focused on storm water management and pollution prevention. Through incorporation of this plan, the City protects, preserves, and uses natural surface and groundwater storage and retention systems while minimizing public capital expenditures. New Brighton also offers a Rain Garden credit to residents who choose to build a rain garden on their property. New Brighton is working towards establishing a formal Complete Streets policy and hopes to have the policy adopted by City Council sometime in 2018.

Descriptive links: http://www.newbrightonmn.gov//wp-content/uploads/2016/09/APPENDIX-B-Water-Management-Plan.pdf

For more information contact:
Craig Schlichting (City staff)   |   craig.schlichting@newbrightonmn.gov   |   651-638-2056

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Newport

Date action report first entered:   07/19/2012

Implementation details:
The City Council approved a Complete Streets Policy at its June 21 City Council meeting.

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For more information contact:
Travis Brierley (City staff)   |   tbrierley@newportmn.com   |   651-459-5677

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Oakdale

Date action report first entered:   02/13/2014
Date of last report update:   04/07/2015

Implementation details:
In the Oakdale 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the City Council outlined the following goals for the city's transportation systems: Goal 1. Collaborate with federal, state, regional agencies, and local jurisdictions on transportation issues to increase connectivity and achieve alternative forms of transportation. Goal 2. Develop and maintain a safe, efficient, and environmentally sensitive transportation system. Goal 3. Promote a multi-modal transportation plan that is fully integrated with land use planning. Adopt and enforce access and mobility standards tied to a functional classification system for all of Oakdale's roadways. The chapter also specifies that the city is to approach transportation in a comprehensive manner giving attention to all modes and related multimodal facilities. Special attention is paid to separating bicyclists and pedestrians, constructing missing links in trail systems, and creating sidewalks in areas that do not currently have one as part of street reconstruction projects. Tree plantings are also part of reconstruction projects. The city is also currently in the process of creating its' first neighborhood strategic plan, which among other things will focus on creating further multi-modal transportation connections throughout the city. This neighborhood plan will ultimately end up in the city's next comprehensive plan update.

For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city adopted a Complete Streets policy but it's not specifically a Complete "Green" Streets policy - We do have a fairly aggressive Urban Forestry program and we are currently updating our Stormwater Management Plan as well.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Rochester

Date action report first entered:   06/02/2011

Implementation details:
Rochester has implemented a Complete street policy. The complete streets policy is adopted to encrouage the development of roadway improvement projects that are planned, designed, constructed and maintained to integrate walking, bicycling and transit use while promoting safe and efficient operations for all users. Streets that support and invite multiple uses- including safe, active, and adequate space for pedestrians, bicycles, and public transit- are more conducive to the public life of an urban community and efficient movement of people and goods than streets designed primarily to move automobiles. The preservation and addition of boulevard trees (street trees) is a major priority with this policy as well. Rochester has a very defined policy on boulevard trees.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Construction has been completed on numerous arterial streets already in Rochester. The Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments 2040 Long Range Transportation plan has outlined and Identified numerous other streets that will become complete streets.

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For more information contact:
Jeff Ellerbusch (City staff)   |   ellerbusch.jeff@CO.OLMSTED.MN.US   |   507-328-7132

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   05/13/2011

Implementation details:
The 2003 Comprehensive Plan includes a goal to promote alternative transportation such as bicycling, walking, transit and rail. The St. Cloud Area Joint District Plan also states a regional goal to create an interconnected system of open spaces, parks and trails reflective of the Central Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Plan. Also, the St. Cloud Metropolitan Area 2035 Transportation Plan includes a chapter on non-motorized transportation discussing initiatives, goals/objectives, regional efforts, key infrastructure, multimodal funding, and facility maintenance and development. The City of St. Cloud is working to coordinate such efforts into a City complete streets policy. The development of the policy is expected to begin in Summer, 2011.

Descriptive links: http://ci.stcloud.mn.us/Planning/Default.aspx

For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Saint Louis Park

Date action report first entered:   04/28/2017
Date of last report update:   04/28/2017
Year action initially completed:   2013
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
On June 17th 2013, the Saint Louis Park City Council adopted a complete street resolution in transportation planning and community design. This includes considering the needs of motorists, pedestrians, transit users, bicylclists, vehicles, commercial vehicles and emergency vehicles when planning new streets.

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For more information contact:
Shannon Pinc (City staff)   |   spinc@stlouispark.org   |   952-924-2191

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Sartell

Date action report first entered:   02/25/2015
Date of last report update:   02/25/2015

Implementation details:
The 2003 Comprehensive Plan promotes alternative transportation like walking, transit, bicycling, and rail with strategies and goals. The new comprehensive plan (scheduled for approval in 2015) addresses alternative transportation in even further detail with more goals. Sartell adopted a resolution of support in 2010 for the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Plan (2014)This plan encourages transportation planning that is sensitive to the natural environment and surrounding neighborhoods. Another Best Practice identified in the plan includes sustainable multi-modal transportation. The 2040 St. Cloud Area Planning Organization has an entire chapter devoted to non-motorized transportation.

For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff)   |   nate.keller@sartellmn.com   |   320-258-7316

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Shoreview

Date action report first entered:   04/03/2014

Implementation details:
Two specific goals from our Comprehensive Plan (Transportation Chapter) express the city's intent to facilitate multi-modal transportation: D. The transportation system should integrate and achieve a mix of all transportation modes. Consequently, all projects should be evaluated as to the impact on each mode. E. Continue to establish and maintain an interconnected affordable network of roadways, transit services, and pedestrian facilities between neighborhoods, recreational and community facilities, employment and commercial centers. All of our street construction or reconstruction projects are "complete streets" and have been that way for decades. We have kept narrow roads narrow during reconstruction (to save mature trees and reduce impervious surfaces), and have implemented the best green infrastructure BMPs out there when it comes to stormwater”.

Descriptive links: http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/home/showdocument?id=1552

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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White Bear Lake

Date action report first entered:   04/28/2014

Implementation details:
Resolution 11378, Resolution Supporting the Development of a Complete Streets Policy and Implementation Plan, was passed by City Council on April 22, 2014. The resolution is supported by staff and environmental commission, and also specifically addresses street trees and storm water.

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For more information contact:
Connie Taillon (City staff)   |   ctaillon@whitebearlake.org   |   651-429-8564

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greenstep advisor
David Larson, Landscape Architect, Office of Environmental Stewardship, MN Dept. of Transportation: 651/366-4637, david.larson@state.mn.us, http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/completestreets