Home   |   About   |   Best Practices   |   Steps 1-5   |   Recognition   |   All Cities   |   Ordinances   |  City log-in   |   Contact           Stay Connected
GreenStep City Best Practices Buildings and Lighting

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.

  • 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, pollinator-friendly landscaping, 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.

Inver Grove Heights

Date action report first entered:   05/06/2016
Date of last report update:   07/05/2017
Year action initially completed:   2008

Implementation details:
The City of Inver Grove Heights has adopted a Northwest Area Zoning Ordinance (2008) that promotes Low Impact Development (LID), or green infrastructure, in Northwest Area development projects. This requires at least 20% of a PUD to be preserved as open space/natural areas, and at least 50% of the required natural area should be kept in a natural state with native vegetation. The City of Inver Grove Heights has also adopted a Vertical Access Wind Turbine Ordinance (2013), allowing wind turbines in specified zoning districts.

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

View All Inver Grove Heights Actions


Date action report first entered:   06/14/2016
Date of last report update:   06/22/2016

Implementation details:
City zoning code has design and performance standards that "are designed to prevent and eliminate those conditions which depreciate property values that cause blight or are detrimental to the environment" (Zoning Code 154.126-0). The code also has a section on solar panel requirements (154.394). We also have a dedication section of the code pertaining to Alternative Energy Systems (154.391)

Outcome measures/metrics:
Through implementing these codes we have seen addition permits for solar panels as well as native plantings in many developments. Most recently our new Community Education Recreation Center has installed over 3 acres of native plantings in the front yard.

Descriptive links: http://library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Minnesota/jordan_mn/cityofjordanminnesotacodeofordinances?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:jordan_mn

For more information contact:
Lauren Walburg (City staff)   |   lwalburg@jordanmn.gov   |   952-492-7928

View All Jordan Actions

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

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

View All Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Actions

Fergus Falls pending

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

Implementation details:
Lakes Country Service Cooperative has developed a food hub to introduce locally grown produce into the local school districts.

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

View All Fergus Falls Actions

Maplewood pending

Date action report first entered:   03/22/2012
Date of last report update:   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:
Shann Finwall (City staff)   |   shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2304

View All Maplewood Actions

Shoreview pending

Date action report first 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:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

Watershed districts

View All Shoreview Actions

Woodbury pending

Date action report first 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.

View All Woodbury Actions

pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

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