City Detail

Background Information

City of Shakopee
County: Scott
Population: 41,519
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 158
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Liz Bushaw
City Staff
952-233-9347
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.

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 7
1 star actions: 4
2 star actions: 1
3 star actions: 2

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

3 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
Shakopee began entering electricity and gas consumption into the MN B3 Benchmarking website in 2016 with historical data going back to 2006, and recently updated our benchmarking to include water consumption. We will continue to monitor trends in these buildings and will look for ways we can improve our efficiency.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Karen Macklin (City Staff) | kmacklin@shakopeemn.gov | 952-233-9328

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

3 star - Action 2:

Implement the Minnesota Main Street model for commercial revitalization.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2014
Implementation details:
Downtown Shakopee is an accredited Main Street Program through the Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau. They are a collaborative, community-wide effort to revitalize our downtown district.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Jenn Brewington (City Staff) | jbrewington@shakopeemn.gov | 952-233-9317

Land Use Land Use

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 1999
Implementation details:
Our Central Business District (B-3) Zone has zero-lot-line setbacks.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Michael Kersi (City Staff) | mkerski@shakopeemn.gov | 952-233-9346

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

1 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: 2018
Implementation details:
The City has has PUD District that allows for mixed uses within a development and encourages a variety of housing types, including affordable housing.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Michael Kersi (City Staff) | mkerski@shakopeemn.gov | 952-233-9346
1 star - Action 5:

Have a downtown zoning district that allows residential and compatible commercial development.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Office, retail, educational, civic, and residential units are all permitted in the same building in our Central Business (B-3) District.
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For more information contact:
Michael Kersi (City Staff) | mkerski@shakopeemn.gov | 952-233-9346

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

2 star - Action 3:

For cities within metropolitan areas, incorporate woodland best management practices addressing protection of wooded areas into zoning or development review.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City Of Shakopee has a Tree Preservation Policy with the intent of regarding natural features such as woodlands and bluffs as part of the community's identity, attracting residents and businesses to the area. City Council recognizes that not protecting these assets would have a quantifiable economic, social and environmental loss. An objective of the city's comprehensive plan is to preserve, enhance, and maintain natural wooded areas within the city. The policy aims to achieve this objective by encouraging responsible land development through rewarding those who use creative site design and minimize the impact to existing landscape and neighborhood character.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Kyle Sobota (City Staff) | ksobota@shakopeemn.gov | 952-233-9349

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2008
Implementation details:
The City of Shakopee became a Tree City USA participant in 2008.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Kyle Sobota (City Staff) | ksobota@shakopeemn.gov | 952-233-9349