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

Olivia Dorow Hovland
City Staff
763-767-6458
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 3 ( )

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: 95
1 star actions: 38
2 star actions: 39
3 star actions: 17

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

2 star - Action 1:

Enter/update building information into the MN B3 Benchmarking database, and routinely enter monthly usage data for all city-owned buildings/infrastructure that consume energy/water.

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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
B3 energy data has been entered for all public buildings and is continuously updated by city staff. The city is currently working to automate energy data from Xcel Energy and Centerpoint Energy. 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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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
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. The city is updating VAV boxes at both Cith Hall and our Public Works Building. Both facilities will be upgraded to all LED lighting in 2021.

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. Both water treatment plants have received HVAC upgrades in 2020 and 2021
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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
1 star - Action 6:

Improve the operations & maintenance of city-owned/school buildings and leased buildings by using a customized online energy efficiency tool, asset management tool, green building framework or green lease.

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Year action initially completed: 2020
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The City of Coon Rapids has introduced Building Automation Systems in different buildings including City Hall, Public Works, West and East Water Plant, Ice Arena, and Bunker Hills Golf Course. These systems control HVAC equipment in an efficient manner. We are able to set Occupied and Unoccupied schedules for each building and increase comfort in our buildings for our staff and public, while only using the HVAC systems when the buildings are actually occupied.
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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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Year action initially completed: 2015
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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. 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
2 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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Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
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. We recently implemented a new native plantings ordinance that allows private property to install non-traditional turf. Our City purchasing policy recommends that water saving products and fixtures meet the WaterSense certification.
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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 2:

Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.

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Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
Coon Rapids is currently going through a LED retrofit of our entire streetlight system as we reconstruct neighborhoods (included in the project). Connexus Energy & Xcel Energy have already completed conversion of all their facilities in the City.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
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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Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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. The City has also installed a solar-powered cross walk sign at a high traffic location at Wedgewood Trail. We have also added a solar-powered pedestrian crosswalk sign on Foley Blvd in 2019.
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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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

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Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
Coon Rapids is currently going through a LED retrofit of our entire streetlight system as we reconstruct neighborhoods (included in the project). Connexus Energy & Xcel Energy have already completed conversion of all their facilities in the City. Anoka County's standard for projects in the city includes replacing existing traffic signals with LEDs.
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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}

2 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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Year action initially completed: 2014
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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 Coon Rapids 2040 Plan Plan. This Plan was adopted by the City Council in December 2019. The comprehensive plan incorporates sustainability goals into all chapters, recognizing that sustainability is inextricable from all of the work that the city does.
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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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Year action initially completed: 2014
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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. We coordinate with the Coon Creek Watershed District, and all cities within the watershed, on all projects - in a coordinated effort for watershed management. We also coordinate with all Anoka County cities on wellhead protection and water management/protection, outlined on the "know the flow" website.
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.
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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/placemaking/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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Year action initially completed: 2014
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In 2014, Coon Rapids reconstructed over nine miles of streets. Plans included 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.
The Coon Rapids Blvd corridor has design goals. The stretch of the corridor in the Port Riverwalk area was partially reconstructed in 2020, adding landscaping, streetscape features, lighting, narrower traffic lanes, and improved bike/ped facilities.
Part of the City's 2040 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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 2:

Participate in regional economic development planning with representatives from surrounding townships, cities, the county and business interests to:

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Year action initially completed: 2021
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The City participates in the Anoka County Regional Economic Development partnership, which allows for regional collaboration on commercial/industrial retention and recruitment.
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For more information contact:
Matt Brown (City staff) | mbrown@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6422

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

2 star - Action 1:

Conduct a Natural Resource Inventory or Assessment (NRI or NRA); incorporate protection of priority natural systems or resources such as groundwater through the subdivision or development process.

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Year action initially completed: 2021
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Coon Rapids has a zoning district called a Conservancy District that aims to protect areas with valuable environmental qualities which should be retainedin a substantially undeveloped state to conserve natural resources, preserve environmental amenities, protect ground water recharge areas, curtail pollution and siltation and alleviate flooding problems. The permitted uses in the Conservancy District include agriculture following soil conservation practices, conservation areas, open space areas, and outdoor recreational uses and facilities. Other land uses require submittal of a site plan showing that the development considers neatural features, topography, minimal clearance, and a finding that the natural retention storage capacity of any watercourse is not reduced.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 6:

Conserve natural, cultural, historic resources by adopting or amending city codes and ordinances to support sustainable sites, including roadsides, and environmentally protective land use development.

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Year action initially completed: 2021
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Coon Rapids has a zoning district called a Conservancy District that aims to protect areas with valuable environmental qualities which should be retainedin a substantially undeveloped state to conserve natural resources, preserve environmental amenities, protect ground water recharge areas, curtail pollution and siltation and alleviate flooding problems. The permitted uses in the Conservancy District include agriculture following soil conservation practices, conservation areas, open space areas, and outdoor recreational uses and facilities. Other land uses require submittal of a site plan showing that the development considers neatural features, topography, minimal clearance, and a finding that the natural retention storage capacity of any watercourse is not reduced.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Transportation Transportation

Living & Complete Streets {BP no.11}

2 star - Action 1:

Adopt a complete streets policy, or a living streets policy, which addresses landscaping and stormwater.

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Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
The City of Coon Rapids has highlighted several goals and objectives into their newly adopted 2040 comprehensive plan that set plans to promote sustainable street and highway designs that accommodate multiple modes of transportation. It also states that the City will adopt policies that accommodate street trees and enhance stormwater quality management where appropriate, which would take the form of a Complete Street Policy. The City’s Sustainability Department along with the Engineering Department plan on completing the final policy within the next year. However, characteristics of Complete Streets are already being implemented in past, present and future reconstruction projects.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 2:

Adopt zoning language or approve a skinny street/development project that follows green street and/or walkable streets principles.

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Year action initially completed: 2020
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The Port Riverwalk redevelopment project incorporated aspects of skinny street development by narrowing some public streets. 24-foot street widths were used on private streets. The project also included numerous sidewalks and trail connections for enhanced walkability.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 3:

Modify a street in compliance with the city's complete streets policy.

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Year action initially completed: 2021
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The City of Coon Rapids looks at opportunities to reduce impervious surfaces with each street reconstruction project. We did this on Evergreen Blvd in 2016 where we reduced roadway width & added sidewalks. Additionally, we have added sidewalks and converted sidewalks to multi-use trails as part of many more street reconstruction projects. The City has also worked with Anoka County to include sidewalk to trail conversions as part of their projects. We've installed bump-outs on one street reconstruction project (Foley Boulevard in 2019) and included them in the new Port Riverwalk development.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 4:

Identify, prioritize and remedy complete streets gaps and lack of connectivity/safety within your road network by, for example, bike/pedestrian plan, adding a bike route/lane, truck route, sidewalk or mid-block alley.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
Coon Rapids evaluates network gaps and connectivity with every street reconstruction project - adding sidewalk gaps & finding potential connections in key locations. We've closed a number of sidewalk and trail gaps within our transportation system in the past several years.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 5:

Identify and remedy street-trail gaps between city streets and off-road trails/bike trails to better facilitate walking and biking.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
The City's park bond referendum added several new trail segments throughout the City to improve critical connections to our trail system. We have constructed many trail and sidewalk connections within the past several years. A sidewalk gap project is planned for construction along Coon Rapids Boulevard in 2021. The city has many miles of off-road paved trails. Highlights of the trail sytem include the Sand Creek and Coon Creek Trail System, which begins at the entrance to Lions Coon Creek Park and follows Coon Creek then Sand Creek from Hanson Boulevard to Foly Boulevard and north into Bunker Hills Regional Park. Wildwood Park Trail winds through the park located just east of Shenandoah Boulevard from 131st Avenue to 133rd Avenue. A play area and basketball court are nestled into the woods adjacent to the trail. Prairie Oaks Park was completed in 2004. The park and trail wanders through the interior of the surrounding neighborhood offering a scenic view of oaks and prairie. A section of the trail tunnels beneath Hanson Boulevard which will eventually connect the to Woodland Oaks Park and will continue west to become a part of the Northern Regional Trail System. You can see the city's trail network map.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 6:

Implement traffic calming policy/measures, including lane conversions (road diets), roundabouts, low-speed streets, shared space and depaving, in at least one street redevelopment project.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
The City implemented a road diet on Evergreen Blvd in 2016, reducing the overall pavement width by 16 feet. Coon Rapids also completed a traffic calming project on Foley Boulevard in 2019. The Foley Boulevard project included installing bump outs, narrowing traffic lanes, and adding sidewalks. The Port Riverwalk redevelopment project narrowed some public streets. 24-foot street widths were used on private streets. The project also included numerous sidewalks and trail connections for enhanced walkability.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

3 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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.

Date action report first entered:
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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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 4:

Promote carpooling or ridesharing among community members, city employees, businesses, high schools and institutions of higher education.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
In 2020, Coon Rapids' City Recreation Manager purchased bicycles to be housed at the Civic Center and made available for seniors or staff to check out and use on the trail system. Special event transportation options are advertised on the website such as for holiday and sporting events. The Senior Center also offers free transportation to the center and provides seniors transportation carpooling to various planned outings.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 5:

Implement workplace multi-modal transportation best management practices - including telework/flexwork - in city government, businesses or at a local health care provider.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
With the advent of COVID in 2020, many City staff began working from home. Flexible work-from-home options will continue to be available to some city staff at least through summer 2021. City Council and various Commission meetings are now available to the public for online streaming and virtual participation, reducing vehicle trips to city hall.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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. The City hopes the new Foley Boulevard Overpass and the planned full access interchange at TH 610 and East River Road will increase use of the Metro Transit Park & Ride facility on Foley Boulevard.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

1 star - Action 1:

Efficiently use your existing fleet of city vehicles by encouraging trip bundling, video conferencing, carpooling, vehicle sharing and incentives/technology.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
With the advent of COVID in 2020, many City staff began working from home and hosting and attending meetings virtually. City Council and various Commission meetings are now available to the public for online streaming and virtual participation, reducing vehicle trips to city hall.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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. 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. All city fleet is on a replacement schedule - every 10 years for most vehicles & 3-5 for police vehicles. At the time of purchase we are buying the most efficient vehicles available at the time. We added our first hybrid vehicle to the fleet in 2019. An electric vehicle was purchased for use by one City employee in the engineering division in 2019.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
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. The city fleet includes one hybrid vehicle, purchased in 2019, and one electric vehicle, also purchased in 2019.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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.
The city utilizes electric golf carts at larger city events, including the 4th of July celebration.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
3 star - Action 6:

Retrofit city diesel engines or install auxiliary power units and/or electrified parking spaces, utilizing Project GreenFleet or the like.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City has installed one electric vehicle charging station 2020 at City Hall, as well as one charging station at the City Ice Arena.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

2 star - Action 1:

Adopt a sustainable purchasing policy or administrative guidelines/practices directing that the city purchase at least:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
In 2020, Coon Rapids adopted a new purchasing policy that included Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guidelines. The EPP Guidelines recommend that the City purchase paper products containing the highest post-consumer content praticable, but no less than 30% recycled content for copy paper. They also recommend that the City purchase appliances and products which meet Energy Star certification. The EPP Guidelines also address waste minimization and cleaning products. They recommend that the city purchase cleeaning products that meet the Green Seal, EcoLogo and/or US EPA Design for the Environment cleaning product standards.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
1 star - Action 3:

Establish purchasing preferences that support local, Minority, Disability, and Women-Owned businesses and, working with a local business association, develop a list of locally-produced products and suppliers for common purchases.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guidelines state that the City shall procure environmentally friendly products in an effort to support locally produced goods and services.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
2 star - Action 4:

Require purchase of U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guidelines state that water saving products and fixtures will meet the WaterSense certification. The Coon Creek Watershed District has offered grants for smart irrigation products for residential properties in the past. Reconstructed City parks use smart irrigation technology.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
2 star - Action 5:

Set minimum sustainability standards to reduce the impact of your concrete use, asphalt, roadbed aggregate, or other construction materials.

 

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City recycles pavement on street reconstruction projects, grinding in place and using the recycled pavement for aggregate base material. All new pavements contain a percentage of RAP materials in the new asphalt mixes placed. The City houses the Anoka County compost site located in Coon Rapids and promotes use of the facilities.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
1 star - Action 7:

Lower the environmental footprint of meetings and events in the city.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 prompted the City to move its Council and Commission meetings online. Those meetings now include a virtual attendance option, reducing the environmental footprint. The City engineering division hosted its typical in person street reconstruction project open houses via Zoom in 2020 and 2021 and anticipates continuing this practice going forward.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
1 star - Action 8:

Use national green standards/guidelines for purchasing/investments such as cleaning products, furniture, flooring/coatings.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guidelines recommend that the city purchase cleaning products that meet the Green Seal, EcoLogo and/or US EPA Design for the Environment cleaning product standards.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

2 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
The City of Coon Rapids has successfully qualified for the National Tree City USA award for over 40 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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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. In 2014 the city completed 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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:

Descriptive File:
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
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.
The City now also has a native landscaping ordinance, allowing residents to plant native areas on their property. At the same time, the city has been adding more native planting areas in city park projects.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2013
Implementation details:
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. The City has an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management Plan and a Community Forest Management Plan.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Tommy Schibilla (City staff) | tschibilla@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6455

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

3 star - Action 1:

Adopt and use Minnesota's Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS).

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
The City adopted Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) into its stormwater management ordinance in 2015. It can be found in our Code of Ordinances TITLE 8 - HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SANITATION CHAPTER 8-1200 - SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT. The City has been implementing MIDS design practices for stormwater management on new and redevelopment projects since 2015.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
1 star - Action 3:

Adopt by ordinance one or more of the following stormwater infiltration/management strategies to reduce impervious surface:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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.
The City currently encourages water quality volume reduction of 1.1 inches for new and redeveloped projects disturbing less than one acre. Some projects trigger the Watershed's 1 inch volume reduction requirement based on proximity to impaired waters. At this time, the City only encourages developers to meet volume management standards for smaller projects.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552
3 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 and renters on the importance of managing stormwater runoff.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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.
The City has a stomwater utility credit option based on private property implementation of over and above stormwater management practices. Green Bay Packaging has taken advantage of this opportunity.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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. 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/
The City uses the Minnesota Stormwater Manuel for the design of these stormwater Best Management Practices. Many of these stormwater BMPs have been implemented on private development projects over the past several years.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552
1 star - Action 6:

Reduce de-icing and dust suppressant salt use to prevent permanent surfacewater and groundwater pollution.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
Several of the City's Street staff are trained in the MPCA smart salt classes. The Street Divison purchased new Joma plow blades that offer opportunities to reduce salt application. The City pre-wets salt to hold it on the street better.
The City's Parks Dept. has reduced the use of de-icer by 30% by purchasing better, more efficient equipment to distribute deicer's. A program has been set up to check all machinery calibrations before and during the season.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

3 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
In 2013 the City passed a $17.4 million park bond referendum. Part of this plan included identifying gaps in the trails and specifically sidewalks in the city. This referendum is being used to address and fix those issues in conjunction with other park improvement projects. All major park reconstruction projects have included new stormwater management. New trail and sidewalk connections, as well as looped trails within parks were constructed. These park reconstruction projects are now mostly complete with $1.5 million remaining to upgrade trails. Native plants and species have been introduced at various park locations and all parks have been evaluated to determine the feasibility of introducing native planting areas in the future.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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. With the recent Port Riverwalk development the City has pans to upgrade Al Flynn Park and construct a pedestrian overpass over Coon Rapids Blvd in the area. The City is also adding sidewalk and trail connections along the corridor, and a sidewalk along Springbrook Drive to a recently completed workforce housing development. New stormwater management features, landscaping, sidewalks, and trails were constructed in the Port Riverwalk development in 2020.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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. All parks in the city have recycling containers. Similar practices were used in the other park redesign plans through the park bond referendum.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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, invasive species management and stewardship projects.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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. The city hosts volunteer days for residents to help remove buckthorn and other invasive species.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff) | gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6552

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 star - Action 1:

Consistently monitor surface water quality/clarity and report findings to community members.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The Coon Creek Watershed District and the Anoka Conservation District conduct monitoring/sampling in the city. We also have a lake area association (private residents) that monitor and perform projects on Crooked Lake (funded by the residents, grants, and cities of Andover & Coon Rapids).
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
2 star - Action 2:

Conduct or support multi-party community conversations, assessments, plans and actions around improving local water quality and quantity.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
At least one article on water quality and stormwater issues is provided in every City newsletter. The City recently partnered with the Watershed District and MnDNR to rehabilitate Sand Creek in two segments - these projects continue to offer numerous opportunities for the public to be educated on various water quality topics.
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For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
1 star - Action 4:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
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
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt goals to revegetate shoreland and create a local program or outreach effort to help property owners with revegetation.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The Anoka Conversation District has been working with certain Coon Rapids properties along the Mississippi River to assist with bank erosion issues and meeting revegetation standards.
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For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
1 star - Action 6:

Implement an existing TMDL implementation plan.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City is part of the Coon Creek Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) TMDL and will be implementing a TMDL plan as part of its current MS4 permit update.
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For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2009
Implementation details:
Beginning in 2009, the City began the process of updating and relining the City’s water pipes. Nearly all clay pipes in the city are now lined. The City recently developed an I&I program to address sanitary manholes - inspection & repair program. Street reconstruction projects replace sanitary sewer castings and wrapping manholes with I&I barriers. We are also implementing improvements to reduce system water loss (fire fighting protocols, metering public buildings & irrigation systems, etc.).
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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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 chemical use at drinking water / wastewater facilities and decrease chloride in wastewater discharges.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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}

2 star - Action 1:

Report to landowners suspected noncompliant or failing septic systems as part of an educational, informational and financial assistance and outreach program designed to trigger voluntary landowner action to improve septic systems.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2021
Implementation details:
The City Building Inspections division requires annual inspections of septic tanks. Failing tank systems are required to connect to City sewer. Several connections and septic tank removals have occurred since this inspection program began.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
3 star - Action 2:

Use a community process to address failing septic systems.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
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. Septic tanks that fail annual inspections are condemned by the City Building Official, and the properties are required to connect to City sewer. 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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Gregory Brady (City staff) | GBrady@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6475
3 star - Action 4:

Adopt a subsurface sewage treatment system ordinance based on the Association of Minnesota Counties' model ordinance.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City has revised and updated it's ordinance based on the sewage treatment ordinance of Anoka County. That ordinance is the minimum standard in the County.
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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:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
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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Implementation details:
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.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
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.
Descriptive File:
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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Implementation details:
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:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2009
Implementation details:
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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
City of Coon Rapids Fire Dept.
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 5:

Install, assist with and promote publicly available EV charging stations or public fueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles. 

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City installed 2 public electric vehicle charging stations in 2020 at the City Civic Center and City Ice Arena.
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For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

2 star - Action 1:

Inclusive and Coordinated Decision-Making: Use a city commission or committee to lead, coordinate, report to and engage community members on the identification and equitable implementation of sustainability best practices.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
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
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 2:

Communicating Progress on Goals: Organize goals/outcome measures from all city plans (social, environmental, economic) and report to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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 2040 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.
The City uses Envisio to track progress toward comprehensive plan goals.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 3:

Measuring Outcomes: Engage community members and partners in identifying, measuring, and reporting progress on key sustainability and social indicators/ including energy use/greenhouse gas emissions, social vitality/social inclusion outcome measures.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
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
1 star - Action 4:

Public Education for Action: Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign, building on existing city & community relationships, networks & events involving:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City has a webpage dedicated to Sustainability and Recycling. There is a periodic email newsletter that goes out related to Sustainability and Recycling. The City also has a print newsletter that goes out to all homes. The print newsletter always contains tips on how to conserve water, news on the happenings of the Recycling Center, and other sustainability-related news. The Sustainability Commission staffs a table at each Summer in the City event every year, providing environmental education materials. In 2021, the materials provided to event attendees will include handouts promoting solar energy and native plantings.
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For more information contact:
Olivia Dorow Hovland (City Staff) | odorowhovland@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6458
2 star - Action 5:

Planning with a Purpose: Conduct a community visioning and planning initiative that engages a diverse set of community members & stakeholders and uses a sustainability, resilience, or environmental justice framework such as:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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). The city hosts and promotes community gardens and the local Farmer's Market. We also provide healthy communities programs through partnerships with Anoka-Hennepin Community Education.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

3 star - Action 2:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach program to connect businesses with assistance providers, including utilities, who provide personalized energy, waste or sustainability audits and assistance.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
The CSP program, as mentioned in Action 25.6, is also designed for City staff to offer resources and references to further a business’s sustainable practices, as well as assist in the areas where they may be lagging behind. On the CSP website, there is a full section dedicated to helpful resources, called “Helpful Business Resources.” Here, a business can find tips and resources for: sustainable purchasing, energy efficiency, transportation, etc.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Coon Rapids Sustainability Commission
For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
1 star - Action 3:

Promote sustainable tourism in your city, and green tourism resources to tourism and hospitality businesses in/around the city.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The Recycling Center in the City of Coon Rapids draws visitors from around the region as it is a premier facility. Our Recycling Coordinator gives tours to local schools. People from the surrounding area come to the Recycling Center to use our services and programs.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
2 star - Action 6:

Promote green businesses that are recognized under a local, regional or national program.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
The Community Sustainability Partnership (CSP) is a voluntary program designed to award and recognize businesses in Coon Rapids for their sustainability practices. This applies to all business, civic, non-profit and faith based organizations.
To qualify, a business must complete a short on-line (or paper) application, which will be graded/scored by members of the City’s Sustainability Commission. The categories on the application range from solid waste/recycling to efficient lighting, etc. Based on the score, the business will receive a certificate along with a small window cling to display in their entrance, letting customers know that the business participates in sustainable practices. The business will also be advertised on the City’s website, recognizing them for their sustainable efforts.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Coon Rapids Sustainability Commission
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
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 and residential developments.

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Implementation details:
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.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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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:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
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.
The City also has a community garden that residents can have plots in. The plots typically sell out as it is a popular program.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2008
Implementation details:
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