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GreenStep City Best Practices Land Use

Comprehensive, Climate and Energy Plans
no. 6

Build public support and legal validity to long-term infrastructural and regulatory strategy.
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Include requirements in comprehensive and/or other plans for intergovernmental coordination addressing regional land use and watershed / wellhead impacts, infrastructure, transportation, economic development and city/regional services.

  • Cities have been collaborating and undertaking cooperative initiatives for a long time: see LMC's City Collaboration Lookup tool that allows users to search for examples of collaborations by city name and/or service category. There are 14 categories, including parks, housing, sanitation, water, transportation, economic development, fire, public works,and police.
  • The MN Dept. of Health has guidance on wellhead protection plans (that can be built into comprehensive plans and integrated with county water plans) and actions that prevent groundwater/drinking water pollution and a sustainable water use rate. A basic comp plan goal would be to monitor and/or remediate all leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs) within drinking water supply management areas (DWSMAs) and within source water protection areas (SWPAs).
  • The Community Assistantship Program at the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) provides graduate and undergraduate student assistance for applied research projects, program planning and development, program evaluation, and other short-term planning projects. Other ongoing sources of student assistance include the Center for Small Towns.
Include plan requirements (in a comp plan or another planning document) on coordinated action with surrounding or overlapping jurisdictions for several of these issues: land use, watershed/groundwater impacts, transportation, sewer and water, economic development, housing and foreclosures, police, fire, health; adopt a wellhead / source water protection plan.
Convene discussions or enter into agreements (joint service or others) with surrounding communities on at least 3 of these issues; adopt a comp plan goal to monitor and/or remediate all LUSTs within the city's DWSMA/SWPA.
Jointly invest in infrastructure to avoid duplication or improve performance; as part of inter-city discussions mentor another GreenStep city.


Date action report first entered:   05/04/2012

Implementation details:
Burnsville includes plan requirements on coordinated action with surrounding or overlapping jurisdiction for land use, watershed impacts, transportation, economic development, housing, and health. Land Use plan changes are reviewed and commented upon by all abutting jurisdictions (Chapter 1. p. 10-12). To address watershed impacts, Burnsville has a Wetland Protection and Management Plan(Appendix J). Burnsville coordinates transit services with MVTA to address transportation issues (appendix N). Economic Development is addressed through collaboration with MN Workforce Center (Ch. II, p. 2-5). Burnsville signed the Livable Communities Agreement with the Metropolitan Council in 2011 to address housing issues(Ch. IV p.2, goal #3). Burnsville has a Healthy Cities Initiative to address health issues (Ch. V, p.17-19). Burnsville has entered into agreement with surrounding communities to address the following issues: housing, police, and transportation. The City has adopted resolutions with Dakota CDA to provide affordable housing options. The City school districts utilize Blue in the School program where police provide safety education programs targeted at youth and high risk populations. The City is part of the UPA Agreement with MnDOT to provide I-35W BRT & MnPass lanes through Burnsville. In order to avoid duplication and improve performance, Burnsville, Dakota County & MnDOT have a join agreement for Highway 13/CSAH 5 interchange. Roadway, signage, signalization, lighting, etc. are in place and programmed as part of each agency's CIP.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.burnsville.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=434

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

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Date action report first entered:   12/18/2014
Date of last report update:   04/19/2016

Implementation details:
Crystal participates in many multi-jurisdictional efforts including watersheds, purchase of water. Crystal, through the Joint Water Commission (JWC) of Crystal, New Hope and Golden Valley, purchase water from Minneapolis. This surface water supply is the source of the 3 cities' municipal water system. The JWC has conservation pricing as well as conservation education to minimize unnecessary use of water. The JWC recently installed wells for ground water in case of an emergency. These wells will be subject to a wellhead protection plan. Crystal is an active member of the Bassett Creek and Shingle Creek Watersheds for storm water management and routinely coordinates storm water capital projects for managing runoff and water quality.

For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff)   |   Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov   |   763-531-1140

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Date action report first entered:   11/22/2016
Date of last report update:   12/02/2016
Year action initially completed:   2006

Implementation details:
The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) and helps Duluth coordinate with local jurisdictions on a range of services including transportation, emergency planning, senior services, and several others through its three program divisions: ARDC Regional Planning, Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC), and the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging. MIC in particular has facilitated programs involving joint service and investment in infrastructure between Duluth and many of the other communities served by the ARDC - several of these programs appear in their annual reports. The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) "provides wastewater services... for a 500-square mile service area, including the communities of Duluth, Cloquet, Proctor, and Hermantown and surrounding communities." Much of the infrastructure operated by WLSSD is located in Duluth itself, but serves a much larger area. Duluth also coordinates with the rest of St. Louis County's police and fire departments, as well as on foreclosures and housing programs and services.

For more information contact:
Adam Fulton (City staff)   |   afulton@hermantownmn.com   |   218-729-3618

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   06/28/2017
Date of last report update:   06/28/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The Water Supply, Surface Water, and Transportation chapters of the City’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan all include policies that specifically outline continued cooperation and agreements with regional and state partners in order to accomplish the City’s goals. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan, when adopted in 2018, will have similar language in several chapters. The City purchases water from Minneapolis through the Joint Water Commission (JWC) which includes Golden Valley, Crystal and New Hope. The JWC additionally owns 3 wells that can be used for back-up in an emergency. The City is also a member of the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission (BCWMC) along with eight other cities and has staff representatives on the BCWMC Technical Advisory Committee as well as the BCWMC Aquatic Plant Management/AIS Committee. The City has service agreements in place with Saint Louis Park for inspections of properties located on the border of the two cities. Both Golden Valley and Saint Louis Park fire departments have mutual aid agreements in place as well. Lodging taxes from Golden Valley hotels go towards funding for Discover St. Louis Park, which promotes tourism in Saint Louis Park and Golden Valley. The City also partnered with the City of Minnetonka and the City of Plymouth to enter into its current recycling contract. The City has agreements with several entities to ensure residents have access to parks and athletic facilities within City limits, including those owned by Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Independent School Districts (ISD) #270 and #281, and the State of Minnesota. In 2015, the City entered into a joint powers agreement with Three Rivers Park District and the City of Robbinsdale for the establishment of Sochacki Park. The City additionally has an agreement with Saint Louis Park allowing residents of both cities use of Brookview Golf Course and Saint Louis Park’s outdoor aquatic park at a reduced rate. The City also works with other municipalities and organizations to share public works equipment for milling and overlaying streets.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Since it began sharing equipment with other cities in 2014, the City has completed milling and overlaying on 3 miles of street. In 2015, the JWC replaced a deteriorating 36-inch concrete water main delivering water from Minneapolis to Golden Valley, New Hope, and Crystal with 24 inch ductile iron pipe, which is more resistant to breaking. In 2016, the City began jointly funding the reconstruction of Douglas Drive (County Road 102) along with Hennepin County. IN 2017, the BCWMC completed a hydraulic and hydrologic modeling project to determine flood elevations across its member cities and evaluate the impacts of proposed projects on flood levels.

For more information contact:
Marc Nevinksi (City staff)   |   mnevinski@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   763-593-8008

Joint Water Commission, Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission, Hennepin County, Saint Louis Park, Plymouth, Minnetonka, Three Rivers Park District, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, ISD #270, ISD #281

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Date action report first entered:   12/17/2017
Date of last report update:   12/17/2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Moorhead is a member of Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG); partner agency of Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation; and has other coordination efforts with Clay County. Page 64 of the 2009 Comprehensive Plan Addendum notes “Growth Management also occurs with the City’s collaborative efforts with surrounding Townships, Metro COG, Clay County and the adjacent City of Dilworth to plan for future land use, infrastructure systems, parks and open space, and jurisdictional boundary adjustments and agreements.”

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.moorhead.mn.us/home/showdocument?id=134

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

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Date action report first entered:   02/19/2016
Date of last report update:   02/19/2019
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
All metro area cities coordinate their Comprehensive Plans via the Metropolitan Council on the regional issues of aviation, public transportation, parks and open space, wastewater treatment, land use planning, forecasting population growth, ensuring adequate affordable housing, water quality, and water management. The City shares a "soft" border only with Edina where the City's residential abuts Edina's commercial uses (the other borders abut freeways and the airport). The City participates in a wide variety of organizations including the following: MN League of Cities, Twin Cities Regional Council of Mayors, the 494 Coalition, the Regional Indicators Initiative, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, state agencies (DNR, MPCA, Dept. of Commerce, etc.), the Richfield-Bloomington Watershed Management Organization, and the Home Energy Squad Enhanced Program. To share fields, courts, gymnasiums and other recreation facilities and to operate programs, the City partners with the School District and the Academy of Holy Angels through Joint Facilities Agreements, as well as the adjacent cities, the YMCA, the Adaptive Recreation and Learning Exchange (AR&LE) cooperative, and private businesses.

For more information contact:
Melissa Poehlman (City staff)   |   MPoehlman@richfieldmn.gov   |   6128619766

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White Bear Lake

Date action report first entered:   01/24/2013

Implementation details:
Comprehensive Plan includes requirements on coordinated action with other jurisdictions in the following issues: land use, watershed impacts, transportation, water and sewer, housing and foreclosures, and health. (See the Comprehensive Plan for various references). The City convenes discussions and provides services for neighboring communities in the following areas: land use, water and sewer, police, and fire. Land use: The City of White Bear Lake's building department provides services to neighboring communities of Birchwood and Mahtomedi. Additionally, the city is frequently in conversation with adjacent municipalities and relevant agencies in regards to land use projects which concern them. Water and Sewer: White Bear Township and Vadnais Heights provide water and sewer to part of the city, and the city provides water and sewer services to areas of Mahtomedi, and water services to Birchwood Village. Police: We provide police service to Birchwood Village. Fire: We provide protection services to Gem Lake, Birchwood, White Bear Township, and Dellwood. We provide commercial inspection services for Gem Lake and White Bear Township. The City also jointly invests in infrastructure with relevant state and federal agencies, municipalities and counties to avoid duplication and improve performance of infrastructure. This occurs on various street projects, as well as other areas. See Implementation section of Comprehensive Plan, page 5, that requires intergovernmental cooperation.

Descriptive links: http://www.whitebearlake.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={3B5DBE03-8C89-499D-9A79-56C7BC3E4A0F}

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

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Date action report first entered:   05/01/2015
Date of last report update:   03/26/2018

Implementation details:
Land Use Plan. Adopted February 12, 2007. See Introduction section of Plan. Pages i-ii.

Descriptive links: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/0c1956_f7b5a9e0c9394f4fa4267ed9fd8ab2a1.pdf

For more information contact:
Michelle Miller (City staff)   |   michelle.miller@ci.bemidji.mn.us   |   218-759-3561

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Date action report first entered:   01/09/2019
Date of last report update:   01/09/2019
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Chanhassen has incorporated coordination of jurisdictions in several planning documents inlcuding the Comprehensive Plan, the Bluff Creek Management Plan, and the Surface Water Management Plan. Examples of directed coordination include: • Chanhassen will work with other jurisdiction to combine resources. This includes coordinating and collaborating with cities, counties, Southwest Metro Transit, school districts, and the state on projects of mutual interest such as libraries, public works, collective waste management, arts, transit, recreation, etc. • The city will cooperate with other governmental units and public agencies to streamline, simplify, and coordinate the reviews required for residential development to avoid inflating the cost of housing due to unnecessary delays in the review process. • Continue to work with the Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District in implementing the Bluff Creek Natural Resource Plan. Use the plan to guide future development in protecting natural resources in the Creek corridor. • Partner with surrounding communities to create inter-community trail connections that enable users to travel to surrounding communities and regional trails without having to ‘jump’ between different trails and sidewalks. • Maintain primary responsibility for managing water resources at the local level and continue coordination and cooperation with other agencies and organizations

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.chanhassen.mn.us/1328/Comprehensive-Plan

For more information contact:
Jill Sinclair (City staff)   |   jsinclair@ci.chanhassen.mn.us   |   952-227-1133

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Coon Rapids

Date action report first entered:   12/30/2014
Date of last report update:   12/30/2014

Implementation details:
Various aspects of the Comp Plan outline guidelines for intergovernmental coordination. Transportation, land use, parks and open space development require cooperation with agencies at local, county, state and metropolitan levels. Specifically, our city includes the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park of over 470 acres, 40% of the land in the river corridor. The city is also within three Watershed Districts- Coon Creek, Lower Rum River and Six Cities, with differing requirements for projects. The City has successfully worked with various agencies on specific projects and continues to do so, as outlined in the Comp Plan. The City has adopted a resolution supporting countywide collaboration for more efficiently delivering public services. Coon Rapids has partnered with UMN and business leaders on economic development and planning in relation to business retention and expansion. Anoka County has central police records, drug task force, civil defense siren and police dog training. Coon Rapids has partnered with Anoka County to cost share new park signs and share maintenance responsibilities. Public Works departments are part of a street materials consortium, equipment sharing program and county street light maintenance program. The Water department also shares sewer services, water hookups and equipment with other local cities. More info can be found here: http://lmc.org/page/1/collaborationlookup.jsp

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.coon-rapids.mn.us/planning/pdf/Chapter5.pdf

For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff)   |   csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6485

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Elko New Market

Date action report first entered:   12/25/2015
Date of last report update:   04/30/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City includes in its plans and works with several partners on an intergovernmental basis. In the case of Fire Department services, the City teams up with 3 neighboring townships via a Scott County agreement. Health care services are also provided in conjunction with Scott County. The City works with Metropolitan Council for Environmental Service (MCES) for wastewater treatment and for water wellhead & resource protection plans. As well, The City also participates with Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE). The City contracts with the City of Savage for IT services; Scott County CDA for housing programs; share a Building Inspector with surrounding cities and townships; and works with the Lakeville and New Prague School Districts in the provision of recreational programming for City residents. In addition, the City actively participates as member of Scott County's Solid Waste Advisory Committee in setting recycling, waste disposal and sustainability policies countywide and holds an annual dropoff day for unwanted appliances; batteries, electronics, et al. and twice yearly free yard waste program.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.enm.mn.us

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

Scott County; SCALE; MCES;

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Date action report first entered:   03/14/2012

Implementation details:
Intergovernmental coordination includes the following: Transportation - Dakota County and the City of Farmington work in close coordination concerning roadways in the City. The County is involved in reviewing plats along County Roads to ensure access spacing and traffic flows. Land Use - The City of Farmington has entered into orderly annexation agreement (Castle Rock and Empire Townships)for property adjacent to the City. Any property owner interested in applying for annexation with this area is allowed to do so without conflict with Castle Rock or Empire Townships. Watershed impacts - The City works with the Vermillion River Watershed and the DNR to ensure that water runoff and contaminants are regulated. Sewer and water - The City has worked with the City of Lakeville for sewer extension near Flagstaff Avenue. Sewer and water have been run to the Dakota County Fairgrounds through the City's systems. Fire - ALF Ambulance has had years of commitment between Apple Valley, Lakeville, and Farmington to service those areas. Health - The City of Farmington is working with Dakota County and the Health Department to discuss issues concerning the Active Living Campaign.

Outcome measures/metrics:
All of the above mentioned items make Farmington better. Looking beyond the boundaries of your city makes you feel apart of a whole community.

For more information contact:
Adam Kienberger (City staff)   |   akienberger@ci.farmington.mn.us   |   651-280-6820

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2016
Date of last report update:   04/27/2016

Implementation details:
Included. Intergovernmental cooperation for land use and transportation through Metropolitan Council. Watershed impacts through Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization. Economic Development through Greater MSP and Dakota County Community Development Agency.

For more information contact:
John Hinzman (City staff)   |   jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-2378

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Date action report first entered:   12/23/2015
Date of last report update:   12/23/2015

Implementation details:
Chapter 1 of Isanti's Comprehensive Plan outlines Intergovernmental Coordination Goals to address existing and new issues as they arise with regard to land use, transportation, parks, natural resources and other areas of mutual concern. Chapter 2 The Community, further outlines the benefits and needs of intergovernmental organizations and relationships. The City of Isanti and the City of Cambridge have entered into a Joint Planning Advisory Board via Resolution No. 2015-120, as a value to each City's Comprehensive Planning efforts and to advise on land use matters that the two cities share in common. The Joint Planning Advisory Board is open to other governmental entities if they wish to execute a copy of this agreement and conform to all requirements.

Descriptive links: http://www.cityofisanti.us/govt/comprehensive-plan             view file

For more information contact:
Ryan Kernosky (City staff)   |   rkernosky@cityofisanti.us   |   763-444-5512

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   03/30/2015
Date of last report update:   11/19/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Bassett Creek Flood Control Commission Section 2-62 of the City Code discusses the city's Watershed Management Tax District and states that the city "has formally planned for intercommunity water management since the formation of the Bassett Creek Flood Control Commission under a joint powers agreement in 1968, the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Plan in 1984, and for intra community water management with the development and approval of its comprehensive stormwater management plan in 1958. This council hereby finds and determines that these activities constitute planning for water management under Minn. Stat. §§ 473.878 and 473.879 and provide authority for the formation of watershed taxing districts to enable the city to pay the costs of planning of this nature." North Metro Mayors Association The cities of Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Champlin, Circle Pines, Coon Rapids, Lexington, New Brighton, New Hope, Maple Grove, Mounds View, Osseo, Ramsey, and Spring Lake Park are members of the North Metro Mayors Association. The goal of the North Metro Mayors Association is to initiate actions, provide leadership and commit the resources necessary to ensure the equitable distribution of quality development and redevelopment, shared tax resources and uniform investment in both public and private facilities throughout the metropolitan area. West Metro Fire-Rescue District The cities of New Hope and Crystal are served by the West Metro Fire-Rescue District, which "provides fiscally prudent, effective and efficient fire services to the communities it serves through response, prevention and education." TwinWest Chamber of Commerce The cities of New Hope, Crystal, Golden Valley, Plymouth, and St. Louis Park, are members of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, which serves as a "voice of business in government" and provides members "opportunities to grow their businesses and improve their communities." Hennepin Recycling Group The cities of New Hope, Crystal, and Brooklyn Center are members of the Hennepin Recycling Group, which is "responsible for managing a comprehensive recycling and waste education system for the residents of these cities. Residents pay a Recycling Service (RS) fee on their utility bill for curbside recycling, the use of a yard waste and tree branch drop off site, and proper waste management and special material education and services." City Pool The cities of New Hope and Crystal work together to offer seasonal pool passes to both facilities. West Metro SWAT Team Police officers from the cities of New Hope, Crystal, Golden Valley, and Robbinsdale make up the West Metro SWAT Team.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/new_hope/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CD_ORD_CH2AD_S2-62WAMATADI

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

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   05/13/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud has joined with Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns County as well as the communities of Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and St. Joseph in the formulation of a Joint District Plan. The St. Cloud Area Joint Planning Project was a multi-jurisdictional response to concerns about growth and urban sprawl in the St. Cloud Metropolitan Region. This planning effort was the largest pilot project pursuant to the Community-Based Planning Act passed by the 1997 Minnesota State Legislature. The St. Cloud area, consisting of the five cities and three counties covered by this Plan, was specifically identified in the legislation of the Act. The Community-Based Planning Act establishes a statewide planning framework outlining 11 goals and emphasizes strong public participation and intergovernmental communication and cooperation in the planning process. The goals of Community-Based planning include citizen participation, cooperation, economic development, conservation, livable community design, housing, transportation, land use planning, public investments, public education, and sustainable development. The St. Cloud Joint Planning District Plan does not supercede the different entities Comprehensive Plans, but instead, it creates an area wide framework for on-going planning activities by the cities and counties. The District Plan recommends that each entity update its Comprehensive Plan to reflect the larger regional vision developed through the Joint Planning District process. The St. Cloud Joint Planning District Plan was approved in May 2000 by the St. Cloud Area Joint Planning District Board.

Descriptive links: http://ci.stcloud.mn.us/Planning/jointdistrictplan/jpdp.htm

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

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Date action report first entered:   07/31/2014
Date of last report update:   07/31/2014

Implementation details:
The City is a member of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, which is a regional economic development organization representing the greater St. Cloud area in promoting economic development in our region. The City is also a member of the St. Cloud Area Joint Cities Committee, which addresses regional planning efforts, including transportation, economic development, parks and trails and more. Sartell is also a member of St. Cloud Metro Bus and has fixed route bus service.

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

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Date action report first entered:   12/17/2013
Date of last report update:   10/21/2014

Implementation details:
In September 2012, the City Council adopted an updated Local Water Management Plan that called for MOUs with the watershed districts to address development reviews and other joint ventures. In December 2013, the City Council adopted a Memorandum of Understanding with the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District. For a number of years, The City of Scandia has provided fire services to a portion of the Town of May. In 2009, the City of Scandia entered into a mutual aid agreement with the Village of Osceola, WI. Since this agreement crossed state boundaries, state officials were required to approve it in addition to local officials. However, it was very important in providing services to the residents of Scandia. Although Osceola is a state away it is one of our closest mutual aid partners.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.scandia.mn.us/vertical/sites/%7B2F1D9A41-1D4D-4195-A3E4-159328E3F399%7D/uploads/Approved_Local_Water_Management_Plan.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Neil Soltis (City staff)   |   n.soltis@ci.scandia.mn.us   |   651-433-2274

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Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/19/2012

Implementation details:
The city coordinates with Dakota County, the Metropolitan Council, MDNR, MPCA on a variety of these issues.

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

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Date action report first entered:   04/03/2012

Implementation details:
Transportation, watershed impacts, land use, economic development, housing and foreclosures, health, and sewer and water are all in current plan, public hearings with both Planning Commission & City Council are conducted

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

Craig Hoium

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Belle Plaine

Date action report first entered:   04/11/2018
Date of last report update:   04/11/2018
Year action initially completed:   2008
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Belle Plaine is within the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and subject to regional planning standards. As such the City has placed a comprehensive plan in effect and updates the document every ten years per TCMC requirements. The link provided accesses the City's 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The City's draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan (Destination 2040) is under review at this time and expected to be placed into effect in late 2018 or early 2019. The Plan includes the following plan elements: (a) demographic and physical profiles, (b) community health, wellness and resilience, (c) land use, (d) housing, (e) transportation, (f) parks, trails, and recreation, (g) economic competitiveness, (h) water resources/utilities, (i) surface water management, and (j) implementation. The plan is reviewed by adjacent local jurisdictions and Scott County. Numerous standards involve intergovernmental coordination from surface water management (Scott County WMO)to transportation (joint transportation modeling effort, i.e. cost sharing; also -intergovernmental coordination of construction - i.e. Enterprise Drive Overpass included participation by TCMC, Scott County & MnDOT. Housing and economic development components include coordination and programming and resource access goals in collaboration with County and State resource providers. Community resilience highlights Scott County all hazard mitigation plan, a broad-based wholly integrated, multi-jurisdictional plan.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The implementation plan contains an 'action agenda' consisting of measurable actions prioritized by short, medium, or long term objective.

Descriptive links: http://www.belleplainemn.com/planning-zoning-department

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

TCMC, Scott County, SRF, Bolton-Menk, BP Schools, BP Township, Blakeley Twp

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Date action report first entered:   05/18/2016
Date of last report update:   05/18/2016

Implementation details:
Included in 1994 Comprehensive Plan. General Goal #2: Support a strong, ongoing working relationship between Brainerd, Crow Wing County, and the adjacent governmental jurisdictions in all matter related to planning and the provision of public services. Strategies: 1. Recognize the legitimate issues and concerns regarding jurisdictional issues by working and cooperating with surrounding communities through the planning process and outside this process. 2. Encourage joint planning projects and shared community facilities where appropriate and fiscally responsible.

For more information contact:
Mark Ostgarden (City staff)   |   mostgarden@ci.brainerd.mn.us   |   218-828-2310

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Cottage Grove

Date action report first entered:   04/03/2012

Implementation details:
Comprehensive Plan updates are coordinated with the Metropolitan Council, Washington County, and other municipalities that adjoin Cottage Grove's corporate boundaries. The City of Cottage Grove works collaboratively with Washington County, South Washington Watershed District, Metropolitan Council and other state and county agencies to prepare, implement and monitor surface water management plans, municipal water and sanitary sewer, stormwater systems and private on-site sanitary sewer systems. Cottage Grove's Economic Development Department initiated a "shop local" campaign and has partnered with the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerence to promote local restaurants and businesses. The City continues to proactively market the City's attributes through a "Growth Partners campaign to help fill our current and future business needs.

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

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Date action report first entered:   01/29/2019
Date of last report update:   01/29/2019
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Crosslake Planning Commission, with the assistance from Staff, Steering Committee, National Joint Powers Alliance, and Region Five Development Commission were all involved in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan.

For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer)   |   steeles@brainerd.net   |   218-765-4041

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Date action report first entered:   01/11/2011

Implementation details:
Transportation, watershed impacts, land use, health, sewer and water, economic development, and housing and forclosures and all complete and ongoing practices Comprehensive Guide updates are coordinated with the Met Council and adjacent and overlapping jurisdictions by definition. All changes require notice to and the opportunity to comment by those agencies. City adopted Comprehensive Transportation Plan in 2009 and Regional Roadway System Visioning Study in 2010. IGR activities with Watershed Management Organizations across jurisdictional boundaries. City approved stormwater mgmt plan on 1-17-06 and Water quality mgmt plan on 7-17-07. Comprehensive Guide updates are coordinated with the Met Council and adjacent and overlapping jurisdictions by definition. All changes require notice to and the opportunity to comment by those agencies. City works with State and municipal agencies to coordinate cooperative efforts The City works jointly with the Dakota County CDA to monitor and provide resources to properties and property owners affected by foreclosures. Rely on State and County health departments to implement and enforce health standards; not included in City's Comp Guide Sewer and Water Comp plans were adopted on 1-20-09. City adopted Inflow and Infiltration Mitigation Program in December 2009. Police and Fire are not applicable. They are not referenced in Comprehensive Plan.

For more information contact:
Eric MAcbeth (City staff)   |   emacbeth@cityofeagan.com   |   651/675-5330

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Eden Prairie

Date action report first entered:   09/13/2011

Implementation details:
The following nine issues are addressed in the City Comprehensive Plan: a. Transportation b. Watershed impacts c. Land use d. Economic Development e. Housing and foreclosures f. Police g. Fire h. Health i. Sewer and Water

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Falcon Heights

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2011

Implementation details:
In the approved comprehensive plan, the city documents that intergovernmental coordination is integral to the operation of the city. Areas of shared service delivery include transportation, watershed impacts, land use, fire, police, and sewer and water.

For more information contact:
Justin Markon (City staff)   |   justin.markon@falconheights.org   |   651-792-7600

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2017
Date of last report update:   04/27/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City coordinates with surrounding townships and McLeod County on various land use planning and environmental protection programs. The City of Hutchinson Drinking Water Supply Management Area extends outside City limits. Neighboring townships and McLeod County Water Planning staff are engaged in reviewing the DWSMA and parties work together to develop and deliver appropriate education and implementation activities. There is also a Joint Planning Board that includes representatives from all adjoining township boards and the City to review land use actions that may impact neighboring property owners. This is especially important where there is differing land use controls between the governmental units for a proposed activity. City staff is also active in working with the MnDNR, MnDOT, local Highway Coalitions, etc. to capitalize on opportunities of shared benefit related to state trail systems that also include state water trails such as the South Fork of the Crow River. This includes conducting use studies, performing maintenance, and installation of trail counters.

For more information contact:
John Paulson (City staff)   |   jpaulson@ci.hutchinson.mn.us   |   320-234-5682

MnDOT, MnDNR, McLeod County, surrounding townships

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Inver Grove Heights

Date action report first entered:   05/06/2016
Date of last report update:   05/26/2017
Year action initially completed:   2010

Implementation details:
Our 2030 Comprehensive Plan includes requirements for intergovernmental coordination with state and local agencies on issues such as; planning, air quality and ground water monitoring, emergency management, solid waste management, environmental protection, transportation, and land use.

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

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Date action report first entered:   06/14/2016
Date of last report update:   08/12/2016

Implementation details:
Zoning code section 154.211 requires action from the DNR and FEMA.

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

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

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

Implementation details:
Leech lake Band of Ojibwe has comprehensive plans for intergovernmental coordination for land use and watershed impacts, infrastructure, economic development and tribal/regional services.

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

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Date action report first entered:   03/22/2012
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Maplewood includes intergovernmental coordination dealing with transportation, watershed impacts, land use, police, fire, and sewer and water in the Comprehensive Plan. Working with Ramsey county on watershed issues. The city is also working with Ramsey county on transportation issues when county streets are renovated.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentCenterii.aspx?FID=110

For more information contact:
Michael Martin (City staff)   |   michael.martin@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2303

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Date action report first entered:   11/19/2013

Implementation details:
The 2004 plan references the 2002 Lyon County comprehensive plan which addresses models of township-city interaction. The Lyon County Plan also provides a framework for orderly annexation agreements. Further information can be found on pages 127-130 of the 2004 Marshall Comprehensive Plan.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Issues covered by the Lyon County plan include: land use, sewer and water, economic development, housing and for foreclosures.

Descriptive links: http://marshallmn.com/main/images/works/pdf/City-of-Marshall-1996-Comprehensive-Plan.pdf

For more information contact:
Ben Martig (City staff)   |   Ben.Martig@ci.marshall.mn.us   |   507-537-6760

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New Brighton

Date action report first entered:   05/03/2016
Date of last report update:   05/03/2016

Implementation details:
(3) New Brighton’s Comprehensive Plan includes requirements for intergovernmental coordination in the areas of land use, watershed impacts, transportation, and housing. New Brighton’s policies include notification of land use impacts to adjacent cities, school districts, and other governmental entities including the Department of Natural Resources and Ramsey County. The City adopted its current Surface Water Management Plan in August 2012, ensuring New Brighton is following and implementing the requirements of the Rice Creek Watershed District. New Brighton’s Comprehensive Plan supports Alternative Travel Modes via five Metro Transit routes and Metro Mobility service. The City of New Brighton also participates in the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities program, which aims to support and provide affordable housing.

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

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Date action report first entered:   12/21/2018
Date of last report update:   12/21/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Oakdale's 2040 Comp Plan Update outlines goals and policies requiring intergovernmental coordination on a number of topics including: regional wayfinding signage, transit options, road infrastructure, water quality, affordable housing preservation, labor market training and education, and resilience hazard mitigation.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.oakdale.mn.us/489/2040-Comprehensive-Plan-Update

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

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Date action report first entered:   04/05/2019
Date of last report update:   04/05/2019
Year action initially completed:   2013
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
We partner with Rich Prairie Sewer and Water District to supply the City's water and sewer. They have a wellhead protection plan in place to help protect the public water sources.

For more information contact:
Kari Tyson (City staff)   |   karit@pierzmn.org   |   320-468-6471

Rich Prairie Sewer and Water District

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Date action report first entered:   05/17/2011

Implementation details:
a. Transportation: The Comprehensive Plan includes the ROCOG Long Range Transportation Plan, adopted jointly by the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and the Rochester Olmsted Council of Governments. The ROCOG Plan addresses transit and non-motorized transportation and encourages land use patterns that facilitate mode shifts away from single occupant vehicles. Contact: Phil Wheeler http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/planning/rocog/lrtp/Pages/default.aspx b. Watershed impacts: Intergovernmental coordination on watershed matters is accomplished through the South Zumbro Joint Powers Board, coordinated policy on wetlands and groundwater-related matters (e.g., through adoption of closely parallel regulations protecting the filtering function of Decorah Edge wetland and related groundwater discharge/recharge areas), and joint City/County work on stormwater management and water planning. c. Land use: The City and County coordinate in the delineation of boundaries for urban service areas and in the development of implementation techniques to protect future urban service areas for urban density development, as well as in the development and implementation of policies to protect agricultural land and direct urban development to areas with municipal services.d. Economic development: Economic development is addressed in the Comprehensive Plan. The City and County are key participants in and funders of Rochester Area Economic Development, Incorporated, a regional economic development organization. The city and County also coordinate infrastructure investment to ensure the availability of sites for future economic activities. e. Housing and foreclosures: The City and County are served by the Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, to which both entities make appointments. The City of Rochester has adopted the Policy on Affordable Housing and Diversity as an element of its comprehensive plan. The City devotes 40% to 50% of its CDBG funding each year to the rehabilitation of low income owner-occupied housing. f. Police: City and County law enforcement agencies share office space, dispatch services, and IT and GIS resources. g. Fire: Fire prevention services are coordinated with Rochester Building Safety, Public Works, and Planning development review. Fire response is integrated with ambulance, police, and dispatch services and with GIS and IT resources. h. Health: The Rochester Urban Service Area Land Use Plan was recently amended to make explicit reference to the health benefits of active living and provision for mixed use development relying on transit and non-motorized modes. i. Sewer and water: See land use, above.

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

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Date action report first entered:   03/06/2012

Implementation details:
Rosemount's 2030 Comprehensive Plan address the issues of land use and watershed impacts, infrastructure, economic development and city/regional services. Rosemount pledges to coordinate its work on these issues in accordance with State law.

Descriptive links: http://tinyurl.com/6tstr56

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Saint Anthony

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City routinely coordinates inter-governmental operations and has agreements in place in all of the following areas: 1. Transportation - Ramsey and Hennepin Counties 2. Watersheds - RCWD and MWMO 3. Land Use - Ramsey and Hennepin Counties 4. Economic Development - Ramsey and Hennepin Counties, State of Minnesota 5. Housing and foreclosures - Ramsey and Hennepin Counties 6. Police - Cities of Lauderdale and Falcon Heights, Ramsey and Hennepin Counties 7. Fire/Public Works - equipment sharing and mutual aid 8. Health - Ramsey and Hennepin Counties 9. Sewer and Water - Cities of Roseville and New Brighton, MCES These activities were not included in the Comprehensive Plan because they have been an active part of City government for many years.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Efficient municipal operations, fuel reduction, and equipment reduction and duplication.

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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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 works closely with Ramsey County, the watershed management organizations and districts, and others to ensure the highest possible water quality in the city’s lakes, streams, and the Mississippi River.

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

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Date action report first entered:   04/25/2013

Implementation details:
The City recognizes that deficiencies in the regional transportation system impact the local road system, and that the intergovernmental coordination is needed to address these regional issues in order to minimize impacts on the local street network. Development activities should be coordinated with the City of Lino Lakes to achieve a cohesive and well-integrated development scheme for our northern intersection. In coordination with the SHINE program, the City may host neighborhood housing fairs that provide information to residents regarding housing maintenance and remodeling, perhaps including a remodeling and builders fair. The City owns two fire and police stations in Shoreview and shares a third fire and police station, located in North Oaks. Comp Plan: Watershed Surface water management shall meet the standards of the Rice Creek Watershed District and the Ramsey Washington Watershed District. The Municipal Code and SWMP shall be reviewed regularly and amended as necessary to remain consistant with the plans and requirements of these agencies. The City will insure the Shoreland Management Ordinance remains consistent with the requirements of the Department of Natural Resources.

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

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

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Date action report first entered:   10/30/2017
Date of last report update:   10/30/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
- Warren coordinated with Marshall County to avoid overlapping jurisdictions with police/fire services in return for having the latter's facilities in Warren, MN. - Warren provides Marshall County facilities (police station and courthouse) with water and sewage services. -Addressed potential conflicts with residential and regional economic development to best follow the practices of state and federal agencies.

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For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

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Woodbury pending

Date action report first entered:   09/24/2013

Implementation details:
Page 7-29 in the Natural Resources/Environmental Protection chapter of the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan, addresses Intergovernmental Cooperation.

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

greenstep advisor
Suzanne Rhees, AICP, Conservation Projects Coordinator, MN Board of Water and Soil Resources: 651/296-0768, suzanne.rhees@state.mn.us