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GreenStep City Best Practices Land Use

Resilient City Growth
no. 7

Increase financial and environmental sustainability by enabling and encouraging walkable housing and retail land use.
  Best Practice Action 5      [ 1 2 3 4 5 ]       [all actions]

Modify the city zoning ordinance and zoning map to allow, without variance or rezoning in at least one district, developments that meet the prerequisites for LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.

Summarize the enabling zoning language; report score on the Strong Towns Strength Test.
Provide zoning and incentives for such developments.
Add language for meeting the LEED-ND green infrastructure and buildings credit for solar orientation of buildings to maximize passive (and active) solar heating of structures, OR for another challenging LEED-ND credit.

Coon Rapids

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

Implementation details:
The Riverdale Transit Station District allows development that meets LEED-ND standards by right.

Descriptive links: http://www.coonrapidsmn.gov/planning/index.htm

For more information contact:
Matt Brown (City staff)   |   mbrown@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6422

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Eden Prairie

Date action report first entered:   03/13/2012

Implementation details:
In Fall of 2012 the City and Global Green USA will work together in a collaborative partnership to advance the City's sustainability goals through the delivery of technical assistance funded by a grant from the EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. The area of focus is the 1/2 mile radius surrounding the proposed Golden Triangle Light Rail Station. The specific goals of this partnership are to: A. Use the criteria of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system as a framework for assessing the Citys assets and needs in the areas of physical infrastructure, land use plans, and other relevant policy related to Golden Triangle Light Rail Transit Station Area. B. Develop comprehensive recommendations for infrastructure and policy changes that can help the City build a future that is more resource-efficient, livable, healthy, and environmentally responsible. C. Engage local leaders, stakeholders, and other interested parties to create momentum for implementing the proposed recommendations in the Golden Triangle Light Rail Transit Station Area and, as applicable, more broadly in the City.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The city will track the progress of implementing recommendations made by the technical assistance team.

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

Global Green USA

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New Brighton

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

Implementation details:
(5) New Brighton’s NBE, New Brighton Exchange zoning district encourages storm water management and conservation development design and/or ecological storm water management techniques and resource efficient building practices, including energy efficiency, water stewardship, waste reduction, use of recycling and non-toxic building materials, and recovery of waste materials through recycling or other beneficial use.

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

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Bemidji pending

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

Implementation details:
Practice 7, Action 5: Land Use Plan Adopted February 12, 2007, See Introduction

Descriptive links: http://www.jpbgba.org/vertical/sites/%7B134ED1DD-8F5D-4B72-9D00-AFD6CD25F943%7D/uploads/JPB_Land_Use_Plan_-_Updated_3-9-2011(1).pdf

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

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

greenstep advisor
Brian Ross, Senior Communities Program Director, Great Plains Institute: 612/767-7296, bross@gpisd.net, https://www.betterenergy.org/who-we-are/staff-and-consultants/