City Detail

Background Information

City of Lexington
County: Anoka
Population: 2068
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 9
Participating township, county, school: City of Lexington

GreenStep Coordinator

Brenda Beaudet
City Staff
763-784-2792
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 2 ( )

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

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

Assessment File

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 32
1 star actions: 15
2 star actions: 9
3 star actions: 5

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
Last 2 years of Xcel energy information for our buildings entered into the B3 benchmark site. Previously Centerpoint energy info was entered. Energy bills will be added for both on a monthly basis.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
2 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
We installed LED lights in all 4 of city buildings. City hall has programmable thermostats. All indoor lights in our buildings are turned off at the end of day or when the buildings are not occupied. City staff is scheduled on a regular basis to change out all furnace filters . As we upgrade computers we purchase energy star compliant that automatically go into sleep mode when not in use.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Promote a marketing and out reach program
We have now included a brochure in all of building packets that go out.


Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
1 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Conserving drinking/groundwater resource by adopting a watering ordinance
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

Not rated - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Working on get getting the city inside and outside light updated
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
Not rated - Action 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
We are working on getting new updated lighting for parking lights and building
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

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:
Implementation details:
The City of Lexington has updated there Comprehensive Plan to help guide development and redevelopment of the City, as well as protect the natural environment. This document fulfills planning requirements under the Metropolitan Land Planning Act and replaces the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 1982 and 1999.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 1999
Implementation details:
The Cities ordnance states that a comprehensive plan shall be developed (original 1999)and followed in regards to capitol improvements in the city. Chapter 11 subd. 2.G. The plan is referenced in multiple locations in chapter 11 Zoning Regulations as to permits, variances, amendments etc. as to how the comprehensive plan is to be followed.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

3 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
We have rezoned multiple areas since our comprehensive plan was initiated. We currently allow 20 units per acre in our M-1 areas with a PUD for a new apartment complex, next to our commercial district, allowing 54 units per acre.The city has since 2018 approved 3 new apartment building complexes in those zones. 2 are completed with the 3rd breaking ground spring of 2020. The have 89, 180 & 355 units. The remaining residential areas are a mix on R-1, R-2, R-3 & R-4 allowing single up to 4-plexes homes.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

3 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The city recently approved a new apartment complex to be developed next to a commercial area, in a central business zone. They were granted a PUD of up to 54 units per acre, which is above the allowed 20 units per acre in the ordinance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Transportation Transportation

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

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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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
posted on our website and cable channel are Metro Mobility Bus, Local Cab service, senior Linkage Link 651-641-8612
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

1 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:
Implementation details:
We have already using EnergyStar certified equipment and appliances. WE also use paper that are at least 30% recycled paper
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
1 star - Action 6:

Require printing services to be purchased from companies participating in Printing Industry Midwest’s Great Green Printer initiative, or certified by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership..

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The printers we use are are part of Hp Eagle Solutions which is certified by Minnesota Great Printers plus the use post consumer recycled content paper
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

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: 2020
Implementation details:
Lexington has had 2 new developments built over the last several years. These both have included landscaping plans that require multiple tree plantings. Any new building in the city would also require the same. Our City residential lots are all 3/4 to 1 acre with multiple trees on each, and 2 parks that encompass 20 acres. our city's overall tree canopy is approximately 53%.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

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:
Implementation details:
RAIN GARDEN/INFILTRATION PRACTICES-THESE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE NEW PARKS. WE ALSO HAVE A FEW RESIDENTS THAT CURRENTLY HAVE RAIN GARDENS IN THE YARD
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

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: 2018
Implementation details:
The City has identified 2 parks in our city that need restructuring. We have started to raise money and looking for grants. There has been plans drawn and approved by city council. The park is now in the budgeting stage. The parks will contain green spaces, water gardens trails and new play. Since 2018 Lexington has approved the development of 3 apartment complexes. The development agreements all included Park Dedication fees to improve our existing parks. The last development expected to break ground in 2020 includes these fees as well as agreement to move our existing Tot Park to a new location on the same block with new & additional equipment, landscaping and better access. This will be paid by the developer with the city retaining ownership of the park.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
3 star - Action 3:

Achieve minimum levels of city green space and maximize the percent within a ten-minute walk of community members.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 1954
Implementation details:
The city currently has 2 parks. Memorial Park is 20 acres and tot park is a 1/2 acre. Our current population is 2214. Our city is 1 mile by 1 mile , this allow a large majority of our residents to be within 1/2 mile of one of the parks. Our park score as of 2019 was 54% .
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
3 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: 1954
Implementation details:
The City has a Parks Board staffed by volunteers that maintain the flower gardens throughout the city as well as the rain-gardens. They keep city staff notified of any issues involving invasive species, trash and any other issues that may need additional assistance to correct. They also help to maintain the park buildings. Our website has all the Parks board minutes available so residents can stay updated on upcoming projects.
Each spring the city has an annual clean up day open to all residents to get rid of unneeded items as well as compostable items such as leaves , brush & tree debris.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
We are currently above the required 50% and on well on our way to 75% that will be required by 2030 imposed by Governor Dayton as of 1/1/2016
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
1 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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
RECYCLE REUSE AND REDUCE ON OUR WEBSITE AND IN OUR NEWLETTER
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
3 star - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 1995
Implementation details:
The City of Lexington has 4 licensed haulers that operate in the city. They are required per city ordinance (chapter 6) to provide at no additional cost recycling containers for all residents. This included multi-unit housing & businesses. Trash is picked up weekly and recycling every two weeks. Our haulers also offer, for a fee, the option of yard waste containers. We participate in additional recycling with Green Lights Recycling to offer our residents additional ways to dispose of items. We mail out yearly a county recycling guide that has coupons for 4 free items 6 times a year that normally have a fee associated with them.
Every spring Lexington has a Clean Up Day , we also dedicate 1/4 of every newsletter to recycling information.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

2 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:
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Implementation details:
IN OUR CITY IN OUR CODE BOOK ORDINANCE 05-05 CHAPTER 10 SECTION 10.41 THE CITY REGULATE OUTDOOR BURNING. MUST HAVE A LICENSE.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
We have pages on our City's website for GreenStep and recycling where residents can get information on what we have done or are in process of doing , as well as how to contact our city's coordinators to ask questions or recommend action items they would like to see us complete. Our city newsletter is published quarterly and includes information on GreenStep , tips for recycling and energy saving. The Planning & Zoning committee minutes are available online for residents to get read .
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
1 star - Action 4:

Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign involving:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
To help our residents implement energy conservation/sustainability we include in our quarterly newsletter tips as well as contacts for composting & recycling . We have also built rain gardens throughout the city to assist with storm water run off. Our social media page is utilized to update residents on these items and to notify them of upcoming events such as spring/fall clean up days that are held each year.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

2 star - Action 1:

Grow new/emerging green businesses and green jobs through targeted assistance and new workforce development.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
The City provides links to business assistance on our website that include Xcel Energy, Connexus Energy which both provide service to us as well as to ReTap.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
1 star - Action 4:

Strengthen value-added businesses utilizing local "waste" material.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2000
Implementation details:
The City of Lexington promotes recycling and composting per action 22.4 each quarter in our newsletter as well as on our website. We have a recycling coordinator that works with our county to provide recycling books/newsletters yearly to all residents and we have recycling bins at city hall where many items can be dropped off. They include batteries, light bulbs, toner cartridges and used clothing for Granny's Closet Our public works department brings compost materials they have collected to our local compost sites as needed, we additionally during our spring & fall clean up days each year allow residents to bring their compost material and we dispose of it for them.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

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:
Implementation details:
Renewable Energy--We have solar energy standards already in place. It is part of our cities code.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Local Food {BP no.27}

1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City of Lexington does allow chickens with a permit from the city. They can only have 4 females chickens. They must have a coop- a structure for keeping or housing the chickens is permitted by the ordinance with a fully enclosed run an covered area attached to a coop where the chickens can roam unsupervised.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
2 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
We have a farmers market that is located at one of our city parking lots. It's once a week
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Julie VanderBloomer
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

Business Synergies and EcoDistricts {BP no.28}

Not rated - Action 3:

Require, build or facilitate at least four sustainability attributes in a business/industrial park project:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City of Lexington has a small shopping mall that has be updated recently. Most of the stores have been updated and remodeled in their original locations. The mall is located with in walking distance of most of our residents and the parking lot is shared by all stores.We also have a new dentist office that remodeled a gas station into their offices. With the new construction on the shopping center holding ponds were created for storm water run off.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792

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: 2019
Implementation details:
The City of Lexington per Resolution 19-05 adopted on February 21, 2019 agreed to participate in the Anoka County All Hazard Mitigation Plan which outlines what is to be done in the event of emergency conditions including but not limited to Tornadoes, floods, blizzards, droughts and other natural disasters as well as train wrecks, plane crashes, explosions, hazardous material’s incidents, terrorism, pipeline leaks, nuclear power plant incidents, and national security emergencies.
Our City web-page includes local information and who to contact in the event of an emergency (The Centennial Police Department is our 1st point of contact) under our Emergency Management link on the home page. There are links included to Anoka County, State of Minnesota & FEMA.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
Anoka County, Centennial Lakes Police Department,FEMA
For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
1 star - Action 3:

Increase social connectedness through engagement, capacity building, public investment, and opportunities for economically vulnerable residents to improve their economic prosperity.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2000
Implementation details:
Lexington along with the Centennial Police Department participates in Night to Unite to focus on meeting our residents in person and opening communication with them. During this event officers and other city employees attend block parties, visit neighborhoods and listen to residents concerns , suggestions and complaints. They answer questions and update them on what is happening in our city.
The Lexington Fire Department also holds an open house in September of each year to allow residents an opportunity to learn how to help protect their homes & family and see what innovations have been adopted that make our community safer.
Our web-site has a news section where residents can see current events as well as access past newsletters. This site is connected to our Facebook page and all current & upcoming events are posted there as well.
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792