Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 27.1

GreenStep City Best Practices: Resilient Economic and Community Development
Local Food No. 27

Strengthen local food and fiber production and access.

Best Practice Action 1

Incorporate working landscapes - agriculture and forestry - into the city by adopting an ordinance for one or more of the following:

a. An agriculture and forest protection district.
b. A local food production district.
c. Performance standards for minor and major agricultural retail.

1 star Zone ag/forest land in a staging plan until priority development areas are built out to appropriate urban densities and the ag/forest land is needed for development.
2 star Create (have) at least one permanent agriculture or forest district.
3 star Set entreprenural targets and assist in their achievement for employees/sales in resulting ag and forestry businesses.

Who's doing it

Cottage Grove - 2 star
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An agricultural preservation district was created to protect productive agricultural capability, promote, maintain and enhance the use of the land for long-term agricultural purposes and to protect land from encroachment by the premature conversion to nonagricultural uses.
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For more information contact:
Ryan Burfeind (City staff) | rburfeind@cottage-grove.org | 651-458-2899
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Duluth - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2010
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Duluth's Unified Development Code (UDC) section 50-19.8 permits agriculture of some sort in several zone districts, including all residential zone districts.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer Moses (City staff) | jmoses@duluthmn.gov | 218-730-5328
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Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2007
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Section 506 of Fond du Lac's Land Use Ordinance, #02/07, established a Natural Resource Management District "to provide for uses that allow forest production and management, agricultural farms and to provide areas managed for fish, wildlife, and other natural resources; and to sustain and enhance areas for traditional hunting, fishing, and gathering".

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For more information contact:
Shannon Judd (City staff) | shannonjudd@fdlrez.com | 218-878-7123
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Lake Elmo - 2 star
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The City of Lake Elmo has maintained a dedicated Agricultural Zoning District since incorporation of the East Oakdale Township 1969. Lake Elmo is proud of its agricultural history, and considers its rural character as an integral part of its vibrancy.
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For more information contact:
Jake Foster (City staff) | jfoster@lakeelmo.org | 651-747-3908
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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - 2 star
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Leech Lake's land use ordinance in which agriculture and forest is protected. Leech lake has also created a local foods locator map in which member can find the nearest local food options.
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For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff) | air@lldrm.org | 218-335-7429
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Mahtomedi - 2 star
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The City of Mahtomedi has both a permanent agriculture and conservation zoning district. Chapter 11, Subd. 11.2 A of the Mahtomedi City Code states that the intent of the Agricultural District is to preserve said land in agricultural usage and in large parcels until such time that the land is required for urban expansion, and the capital funds for the extension of urban facilities and services becomes available. Chapter 11, Subd. 11.29 states that the intent of the conservation district is to preserve significant natural features and amenities such as lakes, wetlands, steep hills and extensive woodlands in their natural state in order to assure continuation of the existing natural drainage system, to prevent harmful erosion, to maintain ecological balance, and to assure their permanent use for their primary natural function as well as for enjoyment by the general public. One of the permitted uses for this district is "Forestry and wildlife preserve".
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For more information contact:
Scott Neilson (City staff) | sneilson@ci.mahtomedi.mn.us | 651-426-3344
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Saint Cloud - 2 star
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The City of St. Cloud adopted an Agricultural Zoning District as a part of the adopted of the Land Development Code in 2008. The purpose of the Agricultural District is to establish and preserve areas within the City for the continuation of viable agricultural operations, preserve areas unsuitable for use other than agricultural or open space, protect agricultural uses from untimely encroachment by potential conflicting urban uses, protect natural amenities, provide very low residential density and preserve the rural character of the area. The permitted and conditional uses of the district as well as the bulk and setback regulations closely mimic those set forth in the 2009 Minnesota Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development.
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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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Stillwater - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 1990
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The City of Stillwater adopted an ordinance for an Agricultural Preservation District. The purpose of the A-P district shall be to maintain and enhance agricultural operations and preserve agricultural lands utilized for crop production and to serve as a holding zone for lands where phased urban expansion will occur. The preservation of agricultural land is intended to prevent urban sprawl, control the public costs of providing urban services and reduce urban/rural conflicts which arise as a result of premature development of rural areas. The A-P district is further intended to preserve open space and natural resource areas.
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For more information contact:
Bill Turnblad (City staff) | bturnblad@ci.stillwater.mn.us | 651-430-8821
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Fergus Falls - 1 star
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The City of Fergus Falls has a 50+ acre conservation easement on Port Authority land. We have been a Tree City USA since 1978 and have a boulevard tree replacement policy. Lakes Country Service Cooperative in located in the City of Fergus Falls and they started a food hub program for the nine county region they serve. There is a Farmer’s Market open twice a week for local vendors to sell their food products to our residents and visitors.
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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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La Prairie - Pending
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Allow for native vegetation
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The Zoning Committee is considering a recommendation to amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow for native vegetation. The Greensteps Committee has chosen to educate and encourage the use of native vegetation and this process is ongoing with public speakers and our city newsletter.
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Partners: University of Minnesota