City Detail

Background Information

City of Coon Rapids
County: Anoka
Population: 61500
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 225
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Andy Kintop
City Staff
763-767-6480
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 2 ( )

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

City councils pass a resolution to join the GreenStep program and are recognized at Step 1. Step 2 and Step 3 recognition levels reflect completed city actions, reported and rated below with stars (1 star = good, 2 stars = better, 3 stars = best). The Assessment File below summarizes completed city actions in a short Word file. Step 4 recognition is awarded to cities who report a minimum number of core metrics for the previous calendar year. These metrics aim to show the aggregate, quantitative results of taking multiple GreenStep actions. Step 5 cities show improvement in the Step 4 metrics. See yearly data for Steps 4&5. Additional city data can be found by reviewing information on B3 Benchmarking and Regional Indicators Initiative.

Assessment File

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 59
1 star actions: 24
2 star actions: 23
3 star actions: 11

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

2 star - Action 1:

Enter building information into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database and routinely enter monthly energy, water use data for all city-owned buildings.

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B3 energy data has been entered for all public buildings and is continuously updated by city staff. Energy use from three utility companies has been entered for at least 24 months and some as far back as 4 years. Data will continue to be reviewed and utilized by city staff as needed. Staff utilizes the B3 Benchmarking information analysis, peer benchmarking and webinars to make best use of the data tracking.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 2:

Make no/low cost indoor lighting and operational changes in city-owned/school buildings to reduce energy costs.

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Reducing energy consumption via lighting and operations in City buildings is a priority in order to reduce costs and resource consumption. Light motion sensors were installed in Coon Rapids City Hall and Public Works buildings to reduce energy use in areas with little to no activity. This same type of sensor system was also integrated into the HVAC systems in both buildings so that heat or air conditioning is not utilized unless the area is occupied.

Coon Rapids operates two water treatment plants and has worked to make innovative improvements to reduce water use and energy consumption. City staff has reduced both water and energy use by reducing the amount of water run through filtering system and running water into the sanitary sewer system for processing. This improvement has not changed the high quality of water for our residents, but is providing significant cost and water savings.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 5:

Document that the new construction or major remodeling of a public building has met the SB 2030 energy standard or has met or qualified under a green building or energy framework.

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In 2010, the Coon Rapids Ice Center was built to include several sustainable practices related to green building and energy framework. The Ice Center includes a high-efficiency boiler system. The waste heat that comes off the refrigeration system in the building is reused to melt snow that is removed from the ice, saving energy on a regular basis. This waste head is also used to heat the Zamboni machine flood water. The Ice Center lobby and rink were both designed to utilize natural sunlight via the use of large windows. These designs have reduced heating costs for the building and provide a significant aesthetic appeal. Additionally, the lighting systems in both the lobby and rink are equipped with sensors to automatically adjust to natural sunlight, which further reduce energy use. High ceilings and large windows make this building very bright and inviting, which has helped make it a perfect place for many community activities. During construction for this building, energy efficiency was a high priority. Recycled and repurposed building materials were also utilized during construction.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

1 star - Action 1:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach/incentive program to promote/achieve residential energy/water use reduction and energy efficiency.

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The City provides residents a quarterly newsletter with City updates, including information about conserving water, summer watering bans and details about water billing rates based on consumption. The annual Green Expo events provides residents information about various topics. In the past, a speaker from Coon Creek Watershed District has presented information related to water conservation and water quality. City staff works to communicate with residents about the importance of water conservation and how restrictions change seasonally.

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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 5:

Conserve/protect drinking/groundwater resources by creating a water-wise landscaping ordinance/guidance, WaterSense purchasing program, or guidance on rainwater harvesting and home water softener use.

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In Coon Rapids, an odd-even sprinkling ban is in effect every year from June 1 through August 31. This means houses with an odd number address water on odd numbered days and even numbered addresses water on even numbered days. If necessary during periods of drought, additional restrictions may be imposed to ensure sufficient water supply for firefighting and every day necessities. Part of this ordinance also includes educating residents about the importance of conserving water and how available water supply can change.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

3 star - Action 4:

Coordinate traffic signals and/or optimize signal timing so as minimize car idling at intersections yet maintain safe and publicly acceptable vehicle speeds.

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The City works with Anoka County Traffic Engineers to ensure traffic signals maximize efficiency. Coon Rapids has coordinated various roads including busier streets like Coon Rapids Blvd, Round Lake Blvd, Main St and University Ave. When roadways are reconstructed, typically fiber interconnect is added at that time to connect the signals. In 2014 new fiber will be added on Foley Blvd between 101st and Egret Blvd, and on University Ave between 109th and Main St. In addition, Coon Rapids through Anoka County has received Federal funding to purchase Centrax Traffic Signal Monitoring software in 2014 which will be utilized to work further toward monitoring and optimizing our interconnected traffic signal systems. These practices ensure traffic moves efficiently and car idling is reduced whenever possible.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
3 star - Action 5:

Use LED/solar-powered lighting for a flashing sign or in a street, parking lot or park project.

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Coon Rapids is working to increase the amount of LED powered lights throughout the city. In 2012, the City worked with Anoka County to begin using LED luminaries for overhead lighting at newly constructed traffic signals, including Main St from Avocet to University. Typically all newly constructed traffic signals now have LED overhead luminaries. EVP (Emergency Vehicle Pre-emption) indication lamps have also begun to switch over to be LED for all newly constructed traffic signals. The City has also installed a solar-powered cross walk sign at a high traffic location at Wedgewood Trail.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 6:

Relamp/improve exterior building lighting for city-owned buildings/facilities with energy efficient, Dark-Sky compliant lighting.

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Coon Rapids singed a Detailed Engineering Study Agreement with McKinstry in 2009 to complete a performance contract totaling over $800,000 for both electric and gas savings due to implemented Facility Improvement Measures in various city projects. Between 2010 and 2012, various projects were completed to achieve utility savings. Part of this included exterior building improvements through higher quality lighting that consumed less energy which decreased annual exterior lighting electrical consumption by 51%. These projects were completed at City Hall, Police Station, three Fire Stations and Public Works.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 7:

Replace city-owned parking lot/ramp lighting with Dark-Sky compliant, energy efficient, automatic dimming lighting technologies.

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Another portion of the City's project with McKinstry included parking lot lighting. Coon Rapids' Fire Station 1 received induction fixtures in their parking lot and decrease annual exterior lighting consumption by 57%. Metal halide fixtures were removed in the process. Part of the project included determining the best timing for lighting to save energy as well. The following year, as part of the expanded program, the same process was done at the City Hall parking lot lighting. City Hall lights also include motion sensors to increase efficiency.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

3 star - Action 4:

Create/modify a green residential remodeling assistance/financing program to assist homeowners in adding space or features such as EV charging, renewables to their existing homes.

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In 2009, Coon Rapids created the Home for Generations program to incentivize remodeling older style homes to meet the needs of today’s families. The goal is to promote reinvestment in existing neighborhoods. The City purchased vacant, bank-owned homes and worked to modify them before reselling them as examples for remodeling options in standard city homes. Homeowners interested can receive home improvement loans, access to building material outlets, utility rebates and other incentives. Each year the program focuses on different styles of development such as split-entry, ramblers and one story-and-a-half homes. The City has also utilized sustainable practicing such as using recycled paint and solar panels. Part of the program also includes allowing residents to tour the home before and after to educate others about the program and remodeling possibilities.

In 2013, the City launched Home for Generations II, a newer program that provides financial incentives to homeowners completing larger remodeling projects. They can receive up to $5,000 and a rebate on 50% of their building permit fees. To qualify, projects must be valued at $35,000 or higher and add living space or major remodel to homes at least 20 years old. So far, 30 homes have been remodeled utilizing the incentives through Home for Generations II.

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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 5:

Adopt development/design standards and programs that facilitate infill, redevelopment, and adaptable buildings.

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Coon Rapids has been working hard on redeveloping Coon Rapids Boulevard industrial area since 2000. The Framework Plan presents ideas for redevelopment and enhancement through 2020. It outlines plans for concentrating new neighborhood commercial uses, offices and higher density housing for infill. It defines four PORTS (Preservation Or Renovation Tract) to function as zoning districts for defined areas and establish land use, site and architectural standards. Each PORT is designed to meet the needs of that area in relation to existing infrastructure including a business park, the Coon Rapids Dam, Anoka Ramsey Community College and Mercy Hospital. Since adopting the framework, several new developments have taken place and the city has worked to acquire properties to spur redevelopment.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Land Use Land Use

Comprehensive, Climate and Energy Plans {BP no.6}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.

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The City of Coon Rapids Comprehensive Plan includes goals, policies and maps related to land use, transportation, parks and open space, housing and water resources. The City periodically evaluates the impacts of its implementation programs. The most recent effort was called The 2030 Visioning Plan. This Plan was adopted by the City Council in August 2009.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 2:

Demonstrate that regulatory ordinances comply with the comprehensive plan including but not limited to having the zoning ordinance explicitly reference the comprehensive plan as the foundational document for decision making.

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The City’s Comprehensive Plan is utilized for creating and updating regulatory ordinances in various areas of the city. Specifically the zoning districts in the city are developed from information outline in the Comp Plan. Other Land Use ordinances based on this include subdivision regulations, wetland management, shoreland zoning, Mississippi River critical area, redevelopment and plan maintenance in the city. Zoning ordinances in the city have been created by the adopted Comp Plan. There have been cases where developers have requested zoning changes which have been denied in order to uphold the goals outlined in the Comprehensive Plan. In 2010 The Coon Rapids Boulevard Framework Plan was updated based on recommendation to do so as outlined in the Comp Plan in order to better meet the needs for this redevelopment.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 3:

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.

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

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

1 star - Action 1:

Limit barriers to higher density housing by including in the city zoning ordinance and zoning map:

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In Coon Rapids, the zoning for single-family residential areas does not allow seven units per acre; only about four units per acre. Higher density residential development, including small lot single-family development, is allowed in select areas along transit corridors.
The City's zoning code allows multi-family housing at a density of over 15 units per acre adjacent to several commercial districts and transit nodes, including the Riverdale commuter rail station on the Northstar line, the Port Wellness, Port Campus Square, and Port Riverwalk redevelopment areas, and the Hanson-Northdale commercial area.
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For more information contact:
Matt Brown (City staff) | mbrown@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6422
1 star - Action 2:

Achieve higher density housing through at least two of the following strategies:

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Coon Rapids' zoning code provides for flexibility in lot sizes/frontages for infill development in a couple ways. First, small-lot single-family homes that are part of a common-interest community are allowed as a planned unit development in single-family residential zoning districts. Second, small-lot single-family homes are allowed along with other attached housing in an overlay district along the Coon Rapids Boulevard corridor, which is a primary redevelopment and growth area of the City.
Apartments and other types of attached housing are allowed in several zoning districts: the Riverdale Transit Station District, PORT redevelopment District, Moderate Density Residential District, and High-Density Residential District.
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For more information contact:
Matt Brown (City staff) | mbrown@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6422
1 star - Action 3:

Achieve higher intensity commercial/industrial land uses through at least one of the following strategies:

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The Riverdale Transit Station District, which regulates development near the Riverdale commuter rail station on the Northstar line, allows zero-lot-line setbacks, no minimum lot size, and a minimum building height of two stories, which yields an FAR of at least one.
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For more information contact:
Matt Brown (City staff) | mbrown@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6422
1 star - Action 4:

Provide incentives for infill projects, or for life-cycle housing at or near job or retail centers, or for achieving an average net residential density of seven units per acre.

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Coon Rapids provides financial incentives, including redevelopment and housing TIF districts and a revolving loan fund, for infill housing projects near commercial and employment areas. The City has also used land assembly to incentivize infill housing development.
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For more information contact:
Matt Brown (City staff) | mbrown@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6422
2 star - Action 5:

Use design to create social trust and interaction among neighbors: 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.

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The Riverdale Transit Station District allows development that meets LEED-ND standards by right.
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For more information contact:
Matt Brown (City staff) | mbrown@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6422

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

1 star - Action 1:

Organize or participate in a community planning/design process for the city/a mixed use district.

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Coon Rapids is currently working on a mixed use area near Foley Blvd with plans for a park and ride location, Northern Lights Express rail, bus service and road improvements. The plans also include commercial and residential redevelopment in collaboration with property owners. Connectivity improvements are also recommended for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The City is working with Anoka County, MnDOt and Metro Transit. The planning project is funded by a $40,000 grant from the Metropolitan Council. The goal of the grant program is to catalyze development around transit stations. This process is managed by the City's Community Development Specialist.
A website was created to share up to date information with the community and allow for feedback from residents.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 2:

Locate or lease a school, city building or other government facility that has at least two of these attributes:

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The Coon Rapids Ice Center was built in 2011 on the site of an old Target store. The existing services and utilities were used when building the Ice Center rather than creating new ones. It is located off Coon Rapids Blvd and adjacent to numerous existing businesses and close to bus routes. This location is near a residential neighborhood and close to Anoka Ramsey Community College. It is easily accesses via sidewalk and part of a larger city park. This site also has more open space available for possible future expansions to the existing building for a community center.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 3:

Modify a planned unit development ordinance to emphasize mixed use development, to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development, and/or to add sustainability features.

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As part of Coon Rapids' Special District ordinances, Port Districts are defined. Port or Port District is a defined zoning district created to encourage development or redevelopment based on a defined theme. Section 11-903 includes Port Districts to promote unified development and revitalization of designated areas. This includes mixed use development, unifying urban design themes, higher-density residential developments around commercial, historical and recreational land use and innovative designs. This is also part of the Coon Rapids Blvd Framework Plan
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Efficient Highway- and Auto-Oriented Development {BP no.9}

2 star - Action 1:

Establish design goals for at least one highway/auto-oriented corridor/cluster.

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In 2014, Coon Rapids plans to reconstruct over nine miles of streets. Plans include removing and replacing pavement, damaged curb, driveway aprons and sidewalks. Repairing and placing storm sewers, sanitary sewers and water main facilities is also planned. A major portion of the project includes Coon Rapids Blvd which is a very busy area near businesses and has set design goals. The city website updates residents of current work regularly and provides details.
Part of the City's 2030 Vision Issues and Projects includes specific transportation areas and goals related to work done in the City. Goals include making streets safer for bikes and pedestrians, increased access to public transit, utilizing urban design standards and evaluating intelligent transportation systems.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Transportation Transportation

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

3 star - Action 1:

Increase walking, biking and transit use by one or more of the following means:

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Coon Rapids received grant funding through the Anoka County Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) which strives to help residents lead longer, healthier lives. Grant money was used to make trail and park maps, trail signage, distance markers and signs promoting businesses and local services. Route maps were printed and distributed in the city. Detailed maps and specific park and trail information is available online and regularly updated. Bike facilities have also been added along existing trails and continue to be part of future plans for park improvements from the referendum.
Coon Rapids is also home to the Riverdale Northstar Station which provides residents a park and ride location, signage, shelters and bike facilities. Coon Rapids has also been recognized as a Walk/Bike Friendly City as part of the Mississippi River Trail that goes through Coon Rapids.
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For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552
2 star - Action 3:

Prominently identify mobility options: transit; paratransit/Dial-A-Ride; ridesharing/cab services; rental cars; bikes; airports.

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The Coon Rapids website easily links residents to Northstar transit options in the community. Special event transportation options are also advertised on the website such as holiday and sporting events. The Senior Center also offers free transportation to the center and provides seniors transportation carpooling to various planned outings.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 6:

Add/expand transit service, or promote car/bike sharing.

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Coon Rapids continues to work to expand and enhance transit service specifically the Northstar park and ride station at Riverdale. Work has been done with the Northstar Corridor Development Authority and Metropolitan Council's Corridors of Opportunity program. Currently 466 free parking spaces are available and patrolled by local police. The station includes enclosed heated waiting areas, available overnight parking, bike lockers and connects with local bus routes.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

2 star - Action 2:

Right-size/down-size the city fleet with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that are of an optimal size and capacity for their intended functions.

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City staff works to ensure the appropriate city fleet is used in most efficient way especially in public works department. Vehicles are regularly evaluated and more fuel efficient vehicles are purchased when possible. Coon Rapids Parks Department has also worked to right-size mowers and other equipment used in parks to ensure they are as fuel-efficient as possible. City fleet is shared by city staff when needed and used to optimize functionality.
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Coon Rapids operates over 40 parks throughout the city. Mowing routes in city parks have been evaluated and reorganized to ensure equipment is used in time and energy efficient manner.
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For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552
2 star - Action 3:

Phase-in operational changes, equipment changes including electric vehicles, and no-idling practices for city or local transit fleets.

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Coon Rapids currently has a policy that staff is not to park and idle engines. There had been discussion of installing automatic idle shut offs in all trucks and heavy equipment if the policy is not effective enough. City Park equipment including an athletic field striper was updated from gas to battery powered to be more efficient.
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For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552
1 star - Action 4:

Phase in bike, e-bike, foot or horseback modes for police, inspectors and other city staff.

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Since 1991 the Coon Rapids Police Department has had a bike patrol to assist with large community and athletic events, including high school football games, carnivals, and the 4th of July celebration. Bikes are also used on an as needed basis for proactive patrol in known or suspected trouble spots. Bikes work well in city parks and on the miles of bicycle and recreation trails in Coon Rapids.

Bike patrol officers have the unique opportunity to be approachable by the public. Bike officers are able to meet the residents and allows for an ideal way to facilitate community policing.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
3 star - Action 5:

Document that the local school bus fleet has optimized routes, start times, boundaries, vehicle efficiency and fuels, driver actions to cut costs including idling reduction, and shifting students from the bus to walking, biking and city transit.

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Keith Paulson is the Transportation Director for the Anoka-Hennepin School District that manages 323 buses serving 38,000 students K-12. The entire district has a no idling policy for all buses especially related to location of buses to reduce emissions near schools or where students are nearby. They have also worked hard to optimize start and end times of schools to ensure the most efficient routes are able to be used. The strive to ensure buses service multiple schools within a day. They also completed an extensive study to make bus routes most efficient but expanding how far students walk to bus stops. This study also included planning routes with the least amount of driving for buses, especially in residential neighborhoods. Routes are now more streamlined and as a result more efficient.
Because the district contracts their bus services, they work to maximize the buses when they are being used. A 3 year study was completed to ensure buses have maximized seating capacity. They found that about 75-80% of elementary and middle school students ride the bus and only about 40% of high school students. Using this information, they have rerouted buses to ensure they are at appropriate seating capacities. This resulted in 20 less buses needed for the district. They continue to make adjustments as needed. These conscious efforts have made the district more efficient, saved money and allowed them to put more money into the classrooms.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

2 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

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The City of Coon Rapids has successfully qualified for the National Tree City USA award for the past 34 consecutive years. Coon Rapids has met the following four criteria to become a Tree City USA community: a legally constituted tree body, a community tree ordinance, an active comprehensive community forestry program supported by a minimum of $2.00 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The City of Coon Rapids has met and often exceeded the criteria to qualify for the Tree City USA program since 1975.
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For more information contact:
Tommy Schibilla (City staff) | tschibilla@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6455
1 star - Action 4:

Maximize tree planting along your main downtown street or throughout the city.

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The City Forestry Department works to maintain a strong and healthy urban forest by planting trees in boulevard and parks for decades. They work to ensure the correct tree is planted in the right location for the long term survival of the urban forest. Trees are removed and replanted in these areas as needed. Special attention is given to root placement and depth when planting to avoid stem girdled roots which results in premature decline in trees. Species diversity is a major factor when determining which trees to plant. Historically high numbers of elm trees were planted in cities only to be later removed because of Dutch Elm Disease. Similar concerns surround over-planting of ash trees and the current threat of Emerald Ash Borer. The City uses native trees whenever possible and hybrids have proven to do well. Staff also utilizes the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources list of species nature to ecological regions in Minnesota.
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In 2009 the city began an inventory of all trees in city boulevards, parks and public buildings. This information continues to be used to determine areas for reforestation, coordinated tree planting and monitoring health of changing urban forests.
Staff created the City of Coon Rapids Community Forest Management Plan which is also included in the Sustainability Report attached.
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For more information contact:
Tommy Schibilla (City staff) | tschibilla@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6455
2 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

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Year action initially completed: 2016
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The intent of this ordinance is "to encourage landscape and vegetation throughout the City that is friendly to pollinators and encourages the use of native plants, while respecting existing community values in landscaping, to include well-maintained yards, compatibility with structures, and maintaining safety sight lines, visibility, air movement, and light transmission."

The City has also implemented a buckthorn removal program with the public/residents. The city owns four weed wrenches, which are very effective tools in removing buckthorn. Residents can borrow these at no cost by contacting the City Forester. Buckthorn that is removed from private property can be placed at the curb for the city to pick up free of charge.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
3 star - Action 6:

Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:

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Year action initially completed: 2013
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The City Forester works to maintain city programs and also serve as a resource to residents. Coon Rapids also has four park staff member that are First Detector Certified through the Department of Forest Resources. Their knowledge is specific to invasive species that effect Minnesota’s trees specifically urban forests. Additionally six park staff members are certified tree inspectors. They provide a free service to residents who request three inspections related to possible tree disease, insect problems, proper planting and pruning techniques. These staff members help to educate the community about relevant tree concerns and recommendations for resilient species.
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For more information contact:
Tommy Schibilla (City staff) | tschibilla@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6455

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

1 star - Action 3:

Adopt by ordinance one or more of the following stormwater infiltration/management strategies:

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Coon Rapids city code requires stormwater runoff volumes be limited to pre-development volumes for the 5-year, 24-hour rainfall maximum event. This is also part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan which includes a section on Water Resources including supply, wastewater, stormwater and conservation. A goal of that document is to limit public capital expenditures necessary to control excessive volumes and rates of runoff through effective stormwater management plans.
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For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552
2 star - Action 4:

Create a stormwater utility that uses variable fees to incentivize stormwater infiltration, minimize the volume of and pollutants in runoff, and educate property owners.

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Part of the City’s Water Resources city plan also includes a stormwater utility that incentivizes stormwater management practices through variable fees. Education and outreach to residents is also part of this plan including working with residents building new structures and educating about the importance of proper management reducing nutrient loading.
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For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:

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Coon Rapids worked in partnership with Anoka Conservation District and Coon Creek Watershed District to install nine curb-cut rain gardens in a residential neighborhood. This area has large amount of runoff that flows into Sand Creek. Rain gardens function as a cost-effective best management practice for this area and also provide an educational opportunity for residents. This city continues to develop these partnerships and serve as a resource to the community.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Know the Flow featured a story about the partnership in Coon Rapids highlighting the water quality improvement that resulted from the rain gardens. http://www.knowtheflow.us/2012/12/rain-gardens-are-improving-sand-creek/
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For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

3 star - Action 1:

Make improvements within your city's system of parks, offroad trails and open spaces.

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In 2013 the City passed a $17.4 million park bond referendum. Part of this plan includes identifying gaps in the trails and specifically sidewalks in the city. This referendum will be used to address and fix those issues in years to come in conjunction with other park improvement projects.
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For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552
2 star - Action 2:

Plan and budget for a network of parks, green spaces, water features and trails for areas where new development is planned.

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The City's most recent new housing development area Crescent Pond also has a new park as part of the development including trails and green space. Part of the park bond referendum also includes reconstruction of park to link them to new development areas. The City's Code on subdivisions includes requirements for park dedication fees to be used for development and improvements for parks, trails and green space that are outlined in the City's Comprehensive Plan. Developments may also dedicate land for park use however this is less desired since there is already a large amount of undeveloped parkland in Coon Rapids.
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For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552
1 star - Action 5:

Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:

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Coon Rapids has planted 15.7 acres of native grasses in various parks throughout the city. As part of a park redevelopment, fescue turf seed was used to reduce water consumption. At one of the city's waste water treatment plants was developed into a native prairie landscape where it had previously been a mowed grass field. Approximately 20 parks in the city have recycling containers, specifically those with athletic fields and high traffic during summer months. Similar practices will be used in the other park redesign plans through the park bond referendum.
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For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552
1 star - Action 8:

Develop a program to involve community members in hands-on land restoration and stewardship projects.

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Coon Rapids operates an ongoing "Adopt-A-Park" and "Adopt-A-Trail" program throughout the city to encourage residents to become engaged and invested in their local parks and trails. City staff provides resources to those interested in adopting parks and trails. Additionally in 2013, an Eagle Scout planted apple trees in the city's community garden as part of a stewardship project.
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For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

3 star - Action 3:

Establish an on-going budget and program for decreasing inflow and infiltration into sewer lines and losses in drinking water systems.

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Year action initially completed: 2009
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Beginning in 2009, the City began the process of updating and relining the City’s water pipes. Currently, as of 2017, the City has 8 of its 80 miles of pipe remaining to reline the clay host pipe with new piping. The 8 year project will conclude by the end of the 2017 year.
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For more information contact:
Kory Jorgensen (City staff) | KJorgensen@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6576
2 star - Action 4:

Optimize energy and chemicals use at drinking water / wastewater facilities and decrease chloride in wastewater discharges.

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Year action initially completed: 2016
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In 2016, the City reduced its Fluoride feed rate from .9-1.5 parts per million (PPM) to .5-.9 PPM to the City drinking water. The City saw an annual savings of roughly $10,000.00 in its first year.
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For more information contact:
Kory Jorgensen (City staff) | KJorgensen@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6576
1 star - Action 7:

Create a demand-side pricing program to reduce demands on water and wastewater systems.

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Year action initially completed: 2014
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Coon Rapids charges for water consumption through a tiered system to encourages conserving water and rewards those that use less. All businesses are charged a base fee for sewer rates and then charged a specific amount per 1000 gallons of consumption. This system applies to all commercial, industrial, institutional and restaurant sites in the City. In 2014, the system was expanded to residential sites in the city that increase water rates as usage amounts increase. This also applies to sprinkling meters at commercial/industrial sites. City staff continues to use this as a tool to reward water conservation efforts city-wide.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Septic Systems {BP no.21}

3 star - Action 2:

Use a community process to address failing septic systems.

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Year action initially completed: 2015
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The City of Coon Rapids building inspections division requires periodic inspections on septic systems, and often these inspections indicate connection to City sewer is required. The City's Septic Ordinance has been updated to set parameters to address a failing system. Chapter 13-500 addresses failing systems or imminent threats. The City requires a pumping report every 3 years which tells them which systems need to be hooked up. A compliance inspection is also required at time of sale for all new purchases.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Gregory Brady (City staff) | GBrady@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6475

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

Not rated - Action 2:

Address concerns over consumer products and packaging through encouragement/implementation of one or more of:

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Coon Rapids has various initiatives to increase the amount of waste diverted into recycling and organics collection. Recycling containers are offered at 20 parks throughout the city in order to reduce the amount of recyclable material being put into trash containers due to lack of access to recycling. This program continues to expand and adapt each year to meet the needs of the park system and events.
Coon Rapids operates a residential recycling drop off center providing options for recycling household items that cannot be recycled curbside including carpet, tires, used oil, fluorescent bulbs and more. In 2013, Coon Rapids began collecting organic materials from residents at the recycling drop off center. Materials included all household food waste and non-recyclable paper products.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
During the first six months of the program, roughly 10,000 lbs of organic materials were collected and diverted from landfills.
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3 star - Action 4:

Publicize, promote and use the varied businesses/services collecting and marketing used, repaired and rental consumer goods, especially electronics, in the city/county.

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Coon Rapids works to promote reuse and repair services to residents especially for problem materials that are difficult to recycle. Coon Rapids helped to promote Anoka County's first Fix-It Clinic in October 2014. Coon Rapids has a relationship with Bridging, a nonprofit that works to provide reused furniture for local families in need and works to promote this service to residents. The city also works with A Greener Read to reuse all books, CDs and DVDs whenever possible and recycle as a second option.
The city website also promotes other options for reuse including problem materials and links to the Anoka County Recyclopedia which has other helpful information for local reuse and repair services .
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
From April-September 2014, approximately 5,000 lbs of books, CDs and DVDs were collected for reuse when possible and recycled as a second option.
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1 star - Action 5:

Arrange for a residential and/or business/institutional source-separated organics collection/management program.

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In 2013, Coon Rapids launched a pilot organics collection program for residents to drop household food waste and non-recyclable paper products at the recycling drop off center. Grant money was used to provide roughly 100 households with Randy's Blue Bags and kitchen pails at no cost. Part of this program included educating those residents about the importance of organics collection and ensuring the correct materials are added to the organics. This program continues to expand.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Approximately 200 households currently participating and plans to expand through more advertising and outreach. In the first six months of collection, roughly 10,000 lbs of organic material collected.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
3 star - Action 6:

Improve recycling services and expand to multi-unit housing and commercial businesses.

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City Code requires all residential households and every multi-unit residence to offer recycling options to residents. All licensed haulers in the city must provide reports for multi-unit recycling and trash rates on a monthly basis.
Coon Rapids is divided into five zones for trash and recycling collection. This limits the number of trucks on the road and assists City function of plowing and sweeping streets.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

1 star - Action 2:

Regulate outdoor wood burning, using ordinance language, performance standards and bans as appropriate, for at least one of the following:

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Year action initially completed: 2009
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The City of Coon Rapids has had a recreational, outdoor wood burning ordinance in effect for many years. The ordinance is in place to protect the safety of the residents, households, and the City's natural landscape. Size, duration and location of the fire are specified in the ordinance and must be followed. Such things as climactic conditions, extreme dryness, nuisance problems, or violations of the guidelines will be left up to the discretion of any police or fire officer, and all burning privileges may be withdrawn.
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Descriptive File: view file
City of Coon Rapids Fire Dept.
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

2 star - Action 1:

Use a city commission, or committee to lead, coordinate, and report to and engage community members on implementation of sustainability best practices.

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Created in 2008, the Sustainability Commission, made up of community members, works to support city efforts to promote a green, sustainable and affordable community. They work to study strategies and make recommendations to aid the community to reach sustainability goals. The Commission, along with city recycling staff, initiated Coon Rapids joining the GreenStep program. They plan to use this as a way to track existing sustainability initiatives and as a tool to identify which areas need to be improved. They create a city Sustainability Report highlighting various departmental programs, metrics for tracking results and sharing this information with city staff and the community.
Coon Rapids has also published various articles related to joining the GreenStep program and plans to add more as various Best Practices are achieved. This information will also be available on the city website.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
See attached Sustainability Report
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 2:

Organize goals/outcome measures from all city plans and report to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.

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The City's Comprehensive Plan includes information related to long term plans for land use, transportation, water resources and parks. The City also creates and publishes other Master Plans specific to current projects in the city such as road and development construction, economic development strategies and 2030 vision. In 2013, a park referendum was passed and reports have been created detailing plans for the new park systems.
The Sustainability Report identifies outcomes of various sustainable city projects related to recycling, energy use, water conservation, stormwater management and transportation. Future reports will indicate changes and any relevant outcomes to new projects.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 3:

Measure and report progress on sustainability indicators including energy use/greenhouse gas emissions, social vitality/social inclusion outcome measures.

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The Coon Rapids Sustainability Committee works to make recommendations to City Council related to programs to measure and report sustainability progress. Specifically, Coon Rapids participates in the Regional Indicators program, is committed to tracking data through B3 Benchmarking and various GreenStep Best Practices.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 5:

Conduct or support a community education, visioning and planning initiative using a sustainability framework such as:

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Coon Rapids hosts various workshops to support community education related to specific topics like permaculture, local food options, winterization techniques and energy reduction practices. Forums are marketed to all city residents and work to create multi-generational learning for a community with various age demographics. Coon Rapids participated in the State Health Improvement Program (SHIP). Each year the city also hosts a Green Expo which works to bring various sustainability related vendors together to provide education, ideas and resources to the local community. In 2014, the Expo expanded to partner with the City of Blaine and the National Sports Center.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt wind energy and/or biomass ordinances that allow, enable, or encourage appropriate renewable energy installations.

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Year action initially completed: 2014
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The City of Coon Rapids passed and implemented the "Alternative Energy Sources and Systems" ordinance in 2014, giving residents and businesses the opportunity to utilize wind and solar energy provided they meet the City's requirements. A detailed description of the ordinance can be found in: Coon Rapids, Minnesota - Code of Ordinances/TITLE 11 - LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS/CHAPTER 11-1600 - ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES AND SYSTEMS.
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Descriptive File: view file
City of Coon Rapids Sustainability Commission
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 7:

Become a solar-ready community,  including adopting ordinance/zoning language and an expedited permit process for residents and businesses to install solar energy systems.

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Year action initially completed: 2014
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In the City of Coon Rapids, in order to be approved for solar installation for either residential or commercial use, one must complete the one (1) page "Solar Photovoltaic Installation Permit application." The completed application, along with a written/hardcopy plan of the particular project is provided to the City's Inspections Dept. for review. The review process will take up to (at most) 5-7 days.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Local Food {BP no.27}

1 star - Action 2:

Facilitate creation of home/community gardens, chicken & bee keeping, and incorporation of food growing areas/access in multifamily residential developments.

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The City of Coon Rapids works to promote the use and production of local food for our residents in various ways. Coon Rapids offers community garden plots at reasonable prices for those who do not have access to garden spaces at their homes. Coon Rapids has a very large rental population in the city, so these garden plots provide access to local food for those individuals who may not otherwise have it. Our city’s Sustainability Commission also hosts annual workshops about local food production providing tips to residents about permaculture, tips specific for Coon Rapids lots and local farmers markets and CSAs.

In May 2016, Coon Rapids passed an ordinance to allow for the keeping of backyard chickens. This initiative was brought to council by the Sustainability Commission after numerous residents inquired about raising backyard chickens. The ordinance allows for hens for egg production for any resident who gets a permit approved by City staff. There has been a lot of discussion around this and Coon Rapids is excited to start allowing this change for those interested.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 3:

Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:

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Coon Rapids is proud to work with the Anoka County Growers Association to host a weekly farmer’s market at the Coon Rapids Ice Center. This event run during the summer growing season and draws in numerous residents each week. In 2016, Coon Rapids plans to expand to include other local vendors related to overall health and activities to encourage residents more. The market continues to grow and has been very successful.

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

Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience {BP no.29}

2 star - Action 1:

Prepare to maintain public health and safety during extreme weather and climate-change-related events, while also taking a preventive approach to reduce risk for community members.

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Year action initially completed: 2008
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The primary purpose of this plan is to provide a guide for emergency operations. It is intended to assist key city officials and emergency organizations to carry out their responsibilities for the protection of life and property under a wide range of emergency conditions.

Tornadoes, floods, blizzards, droughts and other natural disasters can affect the City of Coon Rapids. In addition, major disasters such as train wrecks, plane crashes, explosions, hazardous material’s incidents, terrorism, pipeline leaks, nuclear power plant incidents, and national security emergencies pose a potential threat to public health and safety in Coon Rapids.

An emergency plan is needed to enable government to continue to operate and carry out emergency functions, and to protect the public, and in some cases the environment, from the effects of the above-mentioned hazards.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jon Urquhart (City staff) | JUrquhart@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6487