City Detail

Background Information

City of Faribault
County: Rice
Population: 23352
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 134
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Dave Wanberg
City Staff
507-333-0350
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 1 ( )

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: 4
1 star actions: 2
2 star actions: 1
3 star actions: 1

Land Use Land Use

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

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2003
Implementation details:
The Comprehensive Plan, established in 2003 and currently being reviewed, consists of a compilation of policy statements, goals, standards, and maps for guiding the physical, social and economic development of the city and its environs. Through a series of sections, each relating to a major subject of development, the plan presents a vision for the future of Faribault. Intended as a guide, it is a fluid document that is reviewed and updated from time to time as trends and markets change. The plan is used by staff, the Planning Commission, other boards and commissions, and the City Council in all land use, zoning and annexation decisions, and serves as the basis for the Unified Development Ordinance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Wanberg (City staff) | dwanberg@ci.faribault.mn.us | 507-333-0350
1 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2011
Implementation details:
The City adopted our Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) on Dec. 1, 2011. The primary purpose of the ordinance states it was adopted to implement the policies of the City's Land Use Plan, a component of the Comprehensive Plan. See UDO 1-30 (1).
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Wanberg (City staff) | dwanberg@ci.faribault.mn.us | 507-333-0350
3 star - Action 4:

Include ecological provisions in the comprehensive plan that explicitly aim to minimize open space fragmentation and/or establish a growth area with expansion criteria.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2003
Implementation details:
In 2002, the City of Faribault conducted a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI). The Comprehensive Plan took information from the NRI into consideration when planning for use and preservation of environmental resources. Greenway and habitat corridors were identified and highlighted as areas to be maintained and specific policies outlining environmental resource use and preservation were created.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Dave Wanberg (City staff) | dwanberg@ci.faribault.mn.us | 507-333-0350

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience {BP no.29}

2 star - Action 2:

Integrate climate resilience into city or tribal planning, policy, operations, and budgeting processes.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
With support from MPCA, paleBLUEdot worked with the City of Faribault to create a Population Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Adaptation Framework. In 2019, we will be integrating this work into our Comprehensive Plan. We will then integrate this work into our Ordinances.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; paleBLUEdot
For more information contact:
Dave Wanberg (City staff) | dwanberg@ci.faribault.mn.us | 507-333-0350