Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 19.4

GreenStep City Best Practices: Environmental Management
Surface Water No. 19

Improve local water bodies to sustain their long-term ecological function and community benefits.

Best Practice Action 4

Adopt a shoreland ordinance for all river and lake shoreland areas.

  • NOTE: This BPA previously included floodplain and NFIP guidance which was moved to BPA 19.8 in 2021. You may continue to find action reports related to floodplains listed under this BPA.
  • Waters subject to shoreland rules are public waters basins 10 acres or larger or public waters streams draining more than two square miles. For assistance crafting shoreland standards/ordinances, contact your area DNR hydrologist.
  • See the MN DNR's Shoreland Management Model Ordinance. 
  • If 75% of lakeshore remains mainly forested the chance of maintaining lake quality is good, according to the MN Dept. of Natural Resources (2015). But when natural cover falls below 60%, lake water quality begins to deteriorate.
  • For example, Aitkin County ordinance requires mitigation for variances in shoreland.
1 star Have a shoreland ordinance approved by the DNR for consistency with the shoreland rules(MR 6120.2500-06120.3900).
2 star Adopt the Alternative Shoreland Standards or similar higher performance standards approved by the DNR that exceed the minimum standards of the shoreland rules.
3 star Document 60-75% forested shoreland; or achieve 2 Star rating along with one or both of the following: (1) a menu of mitigation measures, one or more of which are to be used in approving shoreland variances; (2) requirements for restoring the shore impact zone with natural vegetation and permanently protecting that vegetation (easement, deed restrictions, or other equally protective measures) for all land use permits.

Who's doing it

Duluth - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2010
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Within the Unified Development Code, the Natural Resources Overlay restricts uses along all lake and river shorelines to protect fragile ecosystems and reduce damage from flooding and erosion. Restrictions apply to lands within 1,000 feet of Lake Superior or within 300 feet of rivers and streams and special permits are required before construction, grading, or removal of natural vegetation.
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For more information contact:
Adam Fulton (City staff) | afulton@hermantownmn.com | 218-729-3618
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Golden Valley - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 1986
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The City has a shoreland management ordinance (Section 11.65 of City Code) approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. All new shoreland development or alteration requires protection or restoration of shore impact area including a vegetative buffer. In the case of new development, the dedication of permanent conservation easements over a significant portion of the shoreland is required.
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For more information contact:
Eric Eckman (City staff) | eeckman@goldenvalleymn.gov | 763-593-8084
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Hutchinson - 3 star
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The City enforces a Shoreland Ordinance that complies with the Mn state shoreland statute standards. We consider mitigation measures that promote infiltration to offset added impervious surface on a parcel.
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For more information contact:
John Paulson (City staff) | jpaulson@ci.hutchinson.mn.us | 320-234-5682
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Lakeville - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2010
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The City adopted a shoreland ordinance in 2010 to manage the effect of shoreland and water surface crowding, to prevent pollution of surface and groundwater in and around the City, to provide ample space for subsurface sewage treatment systems, jto minimize flood damage, and to maintain the natural charistics of shorelands and adjacent water areas.
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For more information contact:
Ann Messerschmidt (City Staff) | amesserschmidt@lakevillemn.gov | 952-985-4528
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Big Lake - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2017
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The City has a Shoreland Overlay District and the city code dictates what can and cannot be done on the land (see link).
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Michael Healy (City staff) | mhealy@biglakemn.org | 763-251-2977
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Bloomington - 2 star
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Adopted into code. On the 2018 work plan to update consistent with the recently released Mn DNR model ordinance.
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Steve Gurney (City staff) | sgurney@BloomingtonMN.gov | 952-563-4606
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Crystal - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2017
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The City Council approved an overhaul and update of the city's land use regulations in 2017. The update does include a shoreland overlay district and requirements for such areas.
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For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff) | Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov | 763-531-1140
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Detroit Lakes - 2 star
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The City of Detroit Lakes adopted a Shoreland Ordinance in 2019. This ordinance promotes the preservation of sensitive natural areas and ensures the conservation of critical natural systems.
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For more information contact:
Kelcey Klemm (City Staff) | kklemm@cityofdetroitlakes.com | 2188475658
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Fridley - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2006
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The City of Fridley has a DNR-approved shoreland ordinance as well as a Critical Area overlay district which applied to properties within the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area.
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For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff) | rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov | 763-572-3594
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Grand Marais - 2 star
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Grand Marais is an active member of the North Shore Management Board, a joint powers board charged with overseeing development activities in the Lake Superior shoreland area; property that lies between Lake Superior and a line that is 300 feet inland from Highway 61 or a line that is 1,000 feet from Lake Superior, whichever is greater. The North Shore Management Board and the ordinances documented by the Board are the legal equivalent of the Minnesota Shoreland Rules, and the ordinances are considered the equivalent of Shoreland ordinances administered in the rest of the State.

http://www.co.cook.mn.us/images/stories/pzoning/ordinances/zoning/article_7_shoreland_management_10.25.10.pdf
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For more information contact:
Shane Steele (Contractor) | sustainability@grandmarais.city | 507-884-5790
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Maple Grove - 2 star
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The City of Maple Grove has had a shoreland overlay district for many years. It is our understanding that our setback requirement of 75 feet exceeds the minimum DNR standards.
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For more information contact:
Peter Vickerman (City staff) | PVickerman@maplegrovemn.gov | 763-494-6046
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Minnetonka - 2 star
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Section 300.25 of the City Code, Shoreland Overlay District, provides regulations for shoreland properties. The overlay district consists of: (1) land containing or abutting public waters and assigned a shoreland management classification by the MN DNR or the city of Minnetonka; (2) land located within 1,000 feet from the ordinary high water level of a lake; and (3) 300 feet from the OHWL of a tributary creek. The ordinance restricts minimum lot area to 22,000 square feet for riparian lots; minimum water frontages at the lot line and minimum setbacks for principal and accessory structures from the OHWL.
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For more information contact:
Drew Ingvalson (City staff) | dingvalson@eminnetonka.com | 952-939-8293
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New Hope - 2 star
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Section 4-25 of the City Code establishes a Shoreland permit overlay district. The boundaries of the Shoreland permit overlay district within the city consists of the first tier of riparian lots abutting a protected lake or tributary identified in subsection 4-25(b) of the City Code.
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Jeff Alger (City staff) | jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us | 763-531-5119
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Nisswa - 2 star
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Adoption of Shore Impact Zone Grading and Drainage Standards to protect lake and river water quality.
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For more information contact:
Desmond McGeough (City staff) | dmcgeough@ci.nisswa.mn.us | 218-963-2402
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Saint Cloud - 2 star
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The City of St. Cloud has adopted a Shoreland Overlay District ordinance as a part of the Land Development Code (LDC). The Shoreland Overlay District governs the permitted and conditional uses, standards, bulk requirements, alterations and design criterias.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
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Scandia - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2007
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City created a shoreland overlay district and added shoreland management regulations to the development code
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South Saint Paul - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2010
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City Code § 118-169 refers to the Shorelands ordinance. The ordinance was created “in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare to provide guidance for wise development of shorelands of public waters and thus to preserve and enhance the quality of surface waters, preserve the economic and natural environmental values of shorelands, and provide for the wise utilization of water and related land resources of the state”.

Additionally the City has a Mississippi River Corridor Ordinance (§118-167) “to prevent and mitigate irreversible damage to the Mississippi River Corridor, to preserve and enhance its value to the public, and to protect and preserve the Mississippi River Corridor”.
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Deb Griffith (City staff) | dgriffith@southstpaul.org | 651-554-3230
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Woodbury - 2 star
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Chapter 24, Section 148 of the City Code, Shoreland Overlay District, provides regulations regarding shoreland areas. In addition to the MN DNR standard requirements, the City of Woodbury requires that 150 ft of riparian area from the OHWL of most city lakes be dedicated to the city at the time of development for use as parkland.
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Sharon Doucette (City staff) | sdoucette@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3538
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Albert Lea - 1 star
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Freeborn County has a shoreland ordinance in compliance with state-wide shoreland standards. This ordinance applies to all bodies of water in Freeborn County as classified in Section 5 of the attached ordinance.
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For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff) | jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us | 507-377-4316
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Apple Valley - 1 star
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Apple Valley Ordinance 152.57 requires protective buffers around bodies of water.
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Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
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Arden Hills - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2008
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The City has adopted Shoreland Regulations within its Zoning Code (Section 1330). The purpose of the regulations is to preserve and enhance the quality of surface waters, preserve the economic and natural environmental value of shorelands, and provide for the wise use of waters and land resources. These goals are achieved through regulating the area of lots, the length of water frontage suitable for a building site, and structure setbacks; regulating alteration of shorelands and wetlands of public waters; control natural environmental areas of ecological value to maintain existing aquatic, vegetation, and wildlife conditions; and promote the use of native vegetation as a means to increase stormwater infiltration, provide natural view sheds, and screen structures and parking areas as view from public waters.
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For more information contact:
Mike Mrosla (City staff) | mmrosla@cityofardenhills.org | 6517927822
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Austin - 1 star
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Section 11.66 Shoreland Overlay District.The uncontrolled use of shorelands of the city affects the public health, safety and general welfare not only by contributing to the pollution of public waters, but also by impairing the local tax base. Therefore, it is in the best interests of the public health, safety and welfare to provide for the wise subdivision, use and development of shorelands of public waters. The Legislature of Minnesota has delegated responsibility to local governments of the state to regulate the subdivision, use and development of shorelands of public waters and thus preserve and enhance the quality of surface waters, conserve the economic and natural environmental values of shorelands and provide for the wise use of waters and related land resources. This responsibility is hereby recognized by the city.
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For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Partners: City
Belle Plaine - 1 star
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The City of Belle Plaine has adopted code that is designed to protect natural resources such as Bluff Land, ravines, wetlands, and natural waterways.
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Bemidji - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2007
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Article IX: Shoreland Regulations
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For more information contact:
Cory Boushee (City staff) | cory.boushee@ci.bemidji.mn.us | 2187593582
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Brooklyn Center - 1 star
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The City of Brooklyn Center uses the Shingle Creek & West Mississippi Watershed Management Commmision rules. Rule I lays out the rules and requirement for buffer strips.
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Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
Partners: Shingle Creek & West Mississippi Watershed Management Commmision
Burnsville - 1 star
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The City has an adopted Shoreland Management Ordinance that is consistent with DNR Rules
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For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff) | basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us | 952-895-4524
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Columbia Heights - 1 star
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The City's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (see link) includes an ordinance to protect and regulate shoreline design and activity (see attached).
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For more information contact:
Jesse Davies (City staff) | Jesse.Davies@ci.columbia-heights.mn.us | 763-706-3706
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Coon Rapids - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2020
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The City has a Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Overly District. The ordinance's intent is to conserve the natural resources of the Corridor and provide for the compatibility of different land uses and the most appropriate use of land throughout the Critical Area. The ordinance is compliant with the Metropolitan Council's "Recommendations for Critical Area Designation of the Mississippi River Corridor." The City also has a Floodplain Management and Wetland Management subsection in its zoning code. The regulations in that subsection comply with the National Flood Insurance Program codified as 44 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 59-78.
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For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
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Crosslake - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2018
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Preserving the natural environment of shorelands is a listed purpose of the City of Crosslake Code of Ordinances Chapter 26 Land Use effective 10-14-14 and revised 10-16-18.
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For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer) | steeles@brainerd.net | 218-765-4041
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Eagan - 1 star
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Ord 4.33 & 11.65. See Shoreland Overlay District at: http://library1.municode.com:80/default-test/template.htm?view=browse&doc_action=setdoc&doc_keytype=tocid&doc_key=4138e7b8ecf7f1dfdbf8dafc2d0db5cf&infobase=13070
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Ord 4.33 & 11.65
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For more information contact:
Mike Ridley (City staff) | mridley@cityofeagan.com | 651/675-5650
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Eden Prairie - 1 star
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The City has an Shoreland Managment regulations located in Chapter 11, Section 11.50 of the City Code.
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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City Staff) | jhassebroek@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8313
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Elk River - 1 star
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The City of Elk River has an extensive ordinance that covers the use of land within 1,000 feet of public waters within city limits. It includes size and shape of lots; the use, size, type and location of structures on lots; the installation and maintenance of water supply and waste treatment systems; the grading and filling of any shoreland area; the cutting of shoreland vegetation; and the subdivision of land. It is outlined in section 30-1963 of the city code.
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Amanda Bednar (City staff) | ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov | 763-635-1068
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Ely - 1 star
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The City has a shoreland ordinance.
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For more information contact:
Harold Langowski (City staff) | elyod@ely.mn.us | 218-226-5474
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Farmington - 1 star
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The City's Shoreland Ordinance was adopted in 2002. The DNR was part of the ordinance review and provided comments to the ordinance. The Shoreland Ordinance meets the requirements of the legislature of Minnesota by delegating responsibility to local governments of the state to regulate the subdivision, use and development of the shore lands of public waters and thus preserve and enhance the quality of surface waters, conserve the economic and natural environmental values of shore lands, and provide for the wise use of waters and related resources. The city of Farmington hereby recognizes this responsibility.
The City has a State designated trout stream - Vermillion River.
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The Shoreland Ordinance meets the requirements of the legislature of Minnesota and provides for the protection of shores in the community and the enhancement of stormwater ponds.

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Fergus Falls - 1 star
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The City of Fergus Falls has a shoreline ordinance which is currently under review by the Building and Zoning Department.
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For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff) | len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us | 218-332-5418
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Hastings - 1 star
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This has been done.
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Nick Egger (City staff) | negger@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2370
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Hermantown - 1 star
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Adopted Shoreland Ordinance, found in Zoning Code Chapter 5 Section 555, that coincides with state-wide standards.
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Aims to protect public waters and shorelands found within the City of Hermantown.
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For more information contact:
Adam Fulton (City staff) | afulton@hermantownmn.com | 218-729-3618
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Inver Grove Heights - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 1995
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The City of Inver Grove Heights adopted a Shoreline Ordinance for all public waters within the city (City code: 10-13B). This Ordinance is in accordance Minnesota statutes chapter 103F, Minnesota regulations parts 6120.2500 to 6120.3900, and the planning and zoning enabling legislation in Minnesota statutes chapter 462.
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Ally Sutherland (City Staff) | asutherland@invergroveheights.org | 651-604-8511
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Isanti - 1 star
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Isanti has a Rum River Scenic Overlay District (Section 11 of the Zoning Code) in place to to provide for the preservation and protection of the Rum River within the City of Isanti, as required by Minnesota Statutes, Section 104.31-104.40 (as amended), and Minnesota Rules parts 6105.0010 - 0250; 6105.1400 - 1480; and 6120.2500 - 3900.
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Matt Sylvester (City staff) | msylvester@cityofisanti.us | 763-444-5512
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Jordan - 1 star
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See city code section on the Shoreland overlay district (154.281).
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Nathan Fuerst (City staff) | nfuerst@jordanmn.gov | 952-492-7929
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Lake Crystal - 1 star
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Lake Crystal adopted a shoreland management ordinance in accordance with the DNR sample ordinance, in February 1992. This ordinance repealed an older shoreland management ordinance that was adopted in 1983.
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For more information contact:
Taylor Gronau (City staff) | lccity@hickorytech.net | 507-726-2538
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Lake Elmo - 1 star
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The City of Lake Elmo adopted a shoreland ordinance consistent with the MN DNR standards in 1993.
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The Shoreland Ordinance has been very successful in managing development adjacent to the recreation and natural environment lake in Lake Elmo.
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For more information contact:
Jake Foster (City staff) | jfoster@lakeelmo.org | 651-747-3908
Partners: MN DNR
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - 1 star
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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has a lake and river shoreland ordinance.
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For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff) | air@lldrm.org | 218-335-7429
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Mahtomedi - 1 star
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Attached is the City's Shoreland Ordinance which is consistent with DNR rules and has been approved by the DNR.
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For more information contact:
Scott Neilson (City staff) | sneilson@ci.mahtomedi.mn.us | 651-426-3344
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Maplewood - 1 star
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The City of Maplewood has a Wetlands Ordinance that has been in use for many years. A Shoreline Ordinance is included within that document and is consistent with the DNR rules concerning shoreline management.


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Shann Finwall (City staff) | shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov | 651-249-2304
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Mountain Iron - 1 star
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Shoreland Regulations are contained within the City's Land Use Ordinance
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For more information contact:
Craig Wainio (City staff) | cwainio@ci.mountain-iron.mn.us | 218-748-7570
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New Brighton - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2016
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(Please see attachment) The unregulated use of shorelands in the City affects the public health, safety and general welfare not only by contributing to pollution of public waters, but also by impairing the local tax base. Therefore, it is in the best interests of the public health, safety and welfare to provide for the wise use and development of shorelands of public waters.
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For more information contact:
Craig Schlichting (City staff) | craig.schlichting@newbrightonmn.gov | 651-638-2056
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Newport - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2004
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The City adopted a Shoreland ordinance in 2004. It can be found in Section 36-328 of the City Code.
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Deb Schulz (City staff) | dschulz@newportmn.com | 651-459-5677
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Northfield - 1 star
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This ordinance was adopted on 9/17/2010
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Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
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Red Wing - 1 star
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Our city zoning ordinance has a shoreland management ordinance that was approved by the DNR.
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For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff) | paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us | 651-410-6744
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Rochester - 1 star
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62.1000 SHORELAND DISTRICT:
The uncontrolled use of shorelands within the City of Rochester, Minnesota, affects the public health, safety, and general welfare not only by contributing to the pollution of public waters, but also by impairing the local tax base. Therefore, it is in the best interests of the public health, safety and welfare to provide for the wise subdivision, use and development of public waters. The Legislature of Minnesota has delegated this responsibility to local governments within the state. This responsibility is hereby recognized by the City of Rochester.
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Barb Huberty (City staff) | bhuberty@rochestermn.gov | 5073282401
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Rosemount - 1 star
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Rosemount's Shoreland regulations are detailed in Section 11-7-2 of the City Code. The purpose and intent of the Shoreland Overlay Regulations to impose restrictions in addition to those required by the underlying zoning for the protection of shoreland areas, the preservation and enhancement of the quality of surface waters and the wise utilization of water and related land resources.
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Anthony Nemcek (City staff) | anthony.nemcek@ci.rosemount.mn.us | 651-322-2090
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Roseville - 1 star
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The city code contains an ordinance titled "Shoreland, Wetland and Storm Water Management."
This ordinance has been approved by the DNR.
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Ryan Johnson (City staff) | Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com | 651-792-7049
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Saint Anthony - 1 star
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The City of St. Anthony has adopted shoreland ordinance consistent with the MN Department of Natural Resources.
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Jay Hartman (City staff) | jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us | 612-782-3314
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Saint Louis Park - 1 star
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The City has adopted a SWPPP that covers a variety of BMP's, including a shore land ordinance.
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Regulate development along surface water bodies with a minimum of 10' buffers.
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Emily Ziring (City Staff) | eziring@stlouispark.org | 952-924-2191
Partners: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District; Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission
Saint Paul - 1 star
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The City's critical area rules (Chapter 68) protects river but no shoreland ordinance for lakes. The City's Comprehensive Plan Water Chapter (p. W23, Policy 2.20) explains why City hasn’t adopted a shoreline ordinance. Furthermore, the Park & Rec Plan seeks to establish an individual plan to protect the water quality of each water body in a City park. (p. PR18, Policy 3.11)
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Kurt Schultz (City staff) | kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us | 651-266-6590
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Sartell - 1 star
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The City adopted an ordinance limiting the removal of vegetation along the shoreline. Limited vegetation removal is allowed for a view corridor provided no more than 50 feet or one-half the lot width is removed, whichever is greater.
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Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
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Savage - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: Shoreland Regulation 2001, Flood Plain Overlay District 1974
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Shoreland Overlay District
The City adopted a shoreland overlay district in the early 2000s. The shoreland overlay districts includes information on percent allowable impervious, permissible uses, setbacks, lot sizes, and allowable accessory structures, etc.

Floodplain Overlay District
Savage has participated in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) since 1974. On January 19, 2021, the City council adopted the new FEMA maps that were updated in 2011 with the final letter of determination being received by the City on August 12, 2020.
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Shoreland Regulations
Adoption of shoreland regulations results in the protection of habitat, water quality, and the preservation of property values. It minimizes the resources a community might need to spend on shoreline restoration or water quality improvement projects.

Flood Plain Overlay District
Communities’ participation allows property owners to purchase flood insurance. Flood insurance is a requirement for properties where the principal structure is in a flood hazard area and there is a federally secured mortgage.
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Bryan Tucker (City Staff) | btucker@cityofsavage.com | 9528822692
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Shoreview - 1 star
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Yes, Section 209 of the Municipal Code regulates the altering of bluffs and removing trees.
The City's Shoreland Management regulations apply to all properties located within 1,000 feet of a protected water body. These requirements protect the lakes and streams located within the City from overcrowding, pollution, and other undesirable conditions, while maintaining property values, views and the natural character of the shorelines.
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The City adopted a Shoreland Ordinance in 1992, and the regulations have been amended and implemented since. The Ordinance has been approved by the MN DNR.
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Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
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Shorewood - 1 star
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Shorewood first adopted Shoreland Management regulations in the 1980's. The regulations have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and have been updated and continually implemented.
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Julie Moore (City staff) | jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us | 952.960.7906
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Stillwater - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 1990
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Stillwater has established a shorleland management overlay district. Section 31-402 of city code regulates all Shoreland Management overlay districts.
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Bill Turnblad (City staff) | bturnblad@ci.stillwater.mn.us | 651-430-8821
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Two Harbors - 1 star
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Chapter 11, Section 11.50 of the City Code, Shoreland Overlay District, provides regulations regarding shoreland areas.
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Jennifer Sterbenz (City Staff) | jsterbenz@twoharborsmn.gov | 218-834-8804
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Victoria - 1 star
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The City of Victoria adopted a shoreland ordinance for the property that abut the lakes and tributaries within the City in 1993 and amended the ordinance in 2002. The shoreland ordinance is aimed at protecting the City's lakes and water quality. The lakes and ponds within the City are protected by a buffer zone.
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Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
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West Saint Paul - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 1963
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West St Paul has many small wetlands and water bodies throughout the City. The shoreland of these water bodies consist of both public and private land. The City understands the need to regulate its public waters due to the affects on public health, safety and general welfare of the City, and therefore have an ordinance in place for shoreland management.
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Dave Schletty (City staff) | DSchletty@wspmn.gov | 651-552-4152
Partners: Dakota County and MN DNR
White Bear Lake - 1 star
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The City has a shoreland overlay district.
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Connie Taillon (City staff) | ctaillon@whitebearlake.org | 651-429-8564
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Winona - 1 star
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Shoreland overlay district
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Luke Sims (City staff) | lsims@ci.winona.mn.us | (507) 457-8250
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Wyoming - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2019
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On February 19th, 2019 the Wyoming City Council adopted Ordinance 2019-01 amending City Code Chapter 40 Article IV Definition of Terms and Article VI, Zoning District Provisions; Division 16 Shoreland District. This ordinance is based on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Model Shoreland Management Ordinance which is consistent with Minnesota shoreland management rules (6120.2500 – 6120.3800). The provisions of this ordinance shall apply to the shorelands of Public Water bodies as defined by Minnesota Statutes, Section 103G.005, Subd. 15 and 15a, and as classified in Section 40-314 of this ordinance. The ordinance regulates the administration of the ordinance, establishes the shoreland classifications and land uses, establishes special land use provisions, establishes dimensional and general performance standards, establishes performance standards for public and private facilities, establishes regulations for vegetation and land alterations, and provisions for subdivisions, platting, and planned unit developments.
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The desired outcome of this ordinance is to improve local water quality, quantity, and re-vegetate shoreland.
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