City Detail

Background Information

City of Shoreview
County: Ramsey
Population: 25043
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 80
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Ellen Brenna
City Staff
651-490-4665
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 5 ( )

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: 69
1 star actions: 33
2 star actions: 15
3 star actions: 10

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

2 star - Action 1:

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

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Entering and validating data since 2007
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 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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Yes, conducted an inventory of Shoreview City Complex energy use data from B3 data and graphically analyzed it to demonstrate consumption trends, costs, and carbon output estimates, as well as where improvement options exist. Remodeled Maintenance Center in 2010 (LEED Gold certification)
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 3:

Invest in larger energy efficiency projects through performance contracting or other funding or through smaller retro-commissioning/retrofit projects in city-owned/school buildings.

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Remodeled the City's Maintenance Center in 2010 to LEED Gold certifications.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
3 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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Maintenance Center renovation - first in the nation to be certified under the 2009 LEED rating system and fifth City facility in the state to be LEED certified.
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The existing building was renovated and updated through the installation of a new roof, mechanical system replacements, and electrical and lighting system improvements. Will add basline B3 comparisons.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

3 star - Action 2:

Integrate green building and EV charging best practices information and assistance into the building permit process.

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Energy code pamphlet with building code application. Shoreview Home Energy Improvement Loan information available online and at building permit counter.
City Environmental Quality Committee reviews all new development plans at regular monthly meetings and suggest green building practices to implement.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
3 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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Odd/Even watering restrictions in effect from May 15-Sept 15.
4 tier conservation rate structure.
Promote rain barrel sale with the City of Roseville.
Education on water conservation, Shoreview's groundwater supply, and Environmental Quality Committee reviews development for stormwater features - usually recommend greywater reuse or capturing rain water for irrigation.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
3 star - Action 6:

Provide a financial or other incentive to private parties who add energy/sustainability improvements, meet the SB 2030 energy standard, or renovate using a green building or energy framework.

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Shoreview Home Energy Improvement Loan available for new roof and energy upgrades to the home that include energy efficient heating and cooling systems, additional or replacement insulation, energy efficient replacement windows, doors, energy efficient water heaters.
*A density bonus of up to five percent may begiven to developments that use passive energy systems on at least 80 percent of the dwelling units. And a density bonus of up to ten percent may be given to all energy systems for space heating, air conditioning, and/or domestic hot water heating on at least 30 percent of the dwellings/developments that use active energy systems.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
Not rated - Action 7:

Customize a model sustainable building renovation policy that includes the SB 2030 energy standard and adopt the language to govern private renovation projects that:

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b. Yes, regulatory approval required. Considered at planning stage of project with Planning Commission. Environmental Quality Committee also reviews project plans, including stormwater and landscape plan.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

New Green Buildings {BP no.3}

Not rated - Action 1:

Require by city policy that new city-owned buildings be built using the SB 2030 energy standard and/or a green building framework.

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Is a goal but not required.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
Not rated - Action 5:

Adopt environmentally preferable covenant guidelines for new common interest communities addressing issues such as stormwater, greywater, native vegetation, growing food, clothes lines, electric vehicle charging, and renewable energy.

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The City's Comprehensive Plan, Surface Water Management Plan, and Municipal Code guide development and stormwater management. Where feasible raingardens or infiltration basins are encouraged to meet requirements. The Environmental Quality Committee may recommend native vegetation and renewable energy systems.

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Watershed districts
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

Not rated - Action 1:

Require energy efficient, Dark-Sky compliant new or replacement outdoor lighting fixtures on city-owned/private buildings and facilities.

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The City switched to a standard LED light fixture in 2012 for all new and replacement street lighting. The City first tested LEDs in a small area with 5 lights. Usually entire streets or neighborhoods are done at one time. All City-owned lights meet State building code requirements.

Xcel owns a portion of the streetlights and Ramsey County owns large portion of lights.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
3 star - Action 2:

Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.

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Ramsey County owns and operates the traffic signals and lights in Shoreview. We believe Ramsey County has switched to LED lighting.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
Not rated - Action 3:

Replace the city's existing street lighting with Dark Sky-compliant LEDs, modifying any city franchise/utility agreement and adding smart grid attributes.

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Not yet, but it was a recommendation that the City negotiate a flat rate for LED Streetlight Electricity Prices with Xcel Energy in attached report. Xcel Energy does not yet have an agreement available but is working on a test project with another metro City to come up with LED rates.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
Not rated - 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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Signals are owned by Ramsey County in Shoreview.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
2 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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The City has 4 solar-powered speed signs and has plans to install 2 more during a 2013 road reconstruction project. Additionally, 2 Pedestrian Activated Crosswalk (solar/LED) signs will be installed in 2013.
The City led a street light replacement project in 2012. The project is completed with 24 LED lights in four different areas of the City. Fixtures were 40 watt LEDs, which replaced mostly 175 watt mercury vapor fixtures. 28 more will be installed in 2013.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
Not rated - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

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Ramsey County owns and operates all of the traffic signals in Shoreview.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

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: 2008
Implementation details:
Yes, the Comprehensive Plan was approved in 2008 by the Shoreview City Council and the Metropolitan Council.
The Plan includes chapters on Natural Resources and Resource Conservation which reference sustainability and green building strategies.
Natural resources are part of the City's public wealth and should be managed as any other asset. The City is almost fully developed, and the focus of environmental protection measures is to provide long-term preservation and management to these public assets.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
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 Development Regulations are adopted to protect promote the public health, safety and welfare of its residents and are intended
to implement the policies of the City’s Comprehensive Guide Plan.

We have many references to the Comprehensive Plan in individual ordinances. One example is Chapter
205: Development Districts http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/pdfs/city-code/chapter-205.pdf
This Chapter delineates the activities allowed, constrained or prohibited in each of the development districts established within the City. Each district represents a context for development that responds to the policy directives of the City's Comprehensive Guide Plan.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 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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The City recognizes that deficiencies in the regional transportation system impact the local road system, and that the intergovernmental coordination is needed to address these regional issues in order to minimize impacts on the local street network.

Development activities should be coordinated with the City of Lino Lakes to achieve a cohesive and well-integrated development scheme for our northern intersection.

In coordination with the SHINE program, the City may host neighborhood housing fairs that provide information to residents regarding housing maintenance and remodeling, perhaps including a remodeling and builders fair. The City owns two fire and police stations in Shoreview and shares a third fire and police station, located in North Oaks.

Comp Plan: Watershed
Surface water management shall meet the standards of the Rice Creek Watershed District and
the Ramsey Washington Watershed District. The Municipal Code and SWMP shall be reviewed regularly and amended as necessary to remain consistant with the plans and requirements of these agencies. The City will insure the Shoreland Management Ordinance remains consistent with the requirements of the Department of Natural Resources.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt climate mitigation and/or energy independence goals and objectives in the comprehensive plan or in a separate policy document, and include transportation recommendations such as becoming an EV-ready city.

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Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
The Comprehensive Plan has the following goals:
1. Incorporate sustainable practices and green building within the City of Shoreview’s local
governmental organization.
2. Advance sustainability and green building within the development community, among
residents and local businesses.
3. Promote the use of renewable sources of energy.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

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 Shoreview Community Center and City Hall campus are connected and surrounded by nearby local businesses and residential areas. This campus us accessible for both pedestrians and bikers via trail and sidewalks, and by regular transit (bus) as well. A large senior housing complex is adjacent to the campus.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 7:

Create incentives for vertical mixed-use development in appropriate locations (downtown, commercial districts near colleges or universities, historic commercial districts).

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Yes - The Mixed Uses category in the Comprehensive Plan permits a variety of land uses, including horizontally or vertically mixed residential, commercial, office, and/or business park uses that are integrated through design features. The intent of this designation is to create areas within the community for a variety of land uses that will serve and complement one another. Development within these districts will tend to require flexibility from the strict guidelines of the development code. Designation has been established to provide opportunities for innovative design, high quality standards for development, incentives for redevelopment, preservation/enhancement of natural features and efficient use of the land.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

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

1 star - Action 1:

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

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The goals and policies that follow are intended to strengthen the system by improving accessibility for residents through transportation choice. Highway 96 was a state highway that was turned back to Ramsey County (probably 15 to 20 years ago). When this turnback occurred, the County facilitated a design process involving the Highway 96 communities. Shoreview engaged a citizen group and sought public input in the design of the roadyway through the City.  As a result, the Highway 96 Corridor study was completed which provided some transportation and land use guidelines for the road reconstruction.  Many of the design features that are present in the Shoreview segment of the corridor are a result of that study.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
Not rated - Action 2:

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

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Shoreview was a past participant in the North Metro I35W Corridor Coalition for a number of years. When the City was presented with some budgeting constraints, we ended our participation. This was also in part due to the lack of implementable policies or progress that was coming out of the group.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 3:

Adopt infrastructure design standards that protect the economic and ecologic functions of the highway corridor through clustering of development, plantings and incorporating access management standards.

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The City will continue to participate in the Highway 49 Taskforce and to encourage Ramsey County to construct improvements that integrate needed vehicular capacity, safety, and pedestrian and bicycle friendly design features.

Shoreview has some residential neighborhoods along the arterials. The coexistence of a heavily traveled road next to low intensity residential land uses needs to be considered in the overall design of these corridors as the roadways are improved to ensure the long term viability of these land uses. In those instances where these low intensity uses may not make sense in the long term, roadway design should consider transitional or higher intensity uses.

Expansion of the trail network can improve connections to the regional trail system, public facilities, commercial nodes, transit facilities, and neighborhoods. The City will evaluate development proposals and require trail and walkways improvements as deemed necessary to expand the network. Highway 96 is an example of context sensitive design.

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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

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.

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Yes the City's Environmental Standards section of the Municipal Code (209) outlines tree preservation standards for new development and redevelopment:
Development shall be conducted so that the maximum number of trees, in particular landmark trees, are preserved by the clustering of structures in existing cleared areas and natural clearings, and the utilization of other site design techniques. Design of the site and construction activities shall be conducted in a manner to avoid likely injury to Landmark Trees.
A tree preservation plan shall be submitted. This plan shall identify the trees to be preserved on the site and the methods to be employed to insure that the identified trees are not damaged during construction. These methods must be acceptable to the City. Tree replanting plans are also required.

Tree protection measures are monitored throughout the construction process to ensure compliance.

The City is beginning a tree inventory in 2013.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

1 star - Action 1:

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

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Two specific goals from our Comprehensive Plan (Transportation Chapter) express the city's intent to facilitate multi-modal transportation:
D. The transportation system should integrate and achieve a mix of all transportation modes. Consequently, all projects should be evaluated as to the impact on each mode.
E. Continue to establish and maintain an interconnected affordable network of roadways, transit services, and pedestrian facilities between neighborhoods, recreational and community
facilities, employment and commercial centers.

All of our street construction or reconstruction projects are "complete streets" and have been that way for decades. We have kept narrow roads narrow during reconstruction (to save mature trees and reduce impervious surfaces), and have implemented the best green infrastructure BMPs out there when it comes to stormwater”.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 5:

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

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In 2014 the City will install an 8’ wide bituminous bike trail along the east side of Lexington Avenue from Royal Oaks Drive to Hamline Avenue. Correcting this gap in our trail network will allow residents to access the Ramsey County Rice Creek Park/Regional Trail area to the west, and students in the adjoining neighborhoods safer access to Turtle Lake Elementary School to the south. Without this project, students or trail users have to cross Lexington Avenue without a designated streetlight. (As you can see in the image - only striped crosswalks are available on a curved road with traffic moving approximately 35-50pmh.) With an additional subdivision of 25 new homes along this trail, the City recognizes the importance of connecting new streets to our trail system.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Offering an additional trail connects neighborhoods to open spaces, schools, additional trail networks, and lessens the need for pedestrians cross at uncontrolled intersections.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 6:

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

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In 2013 the City reconstructed Red Fox Road, a small road with access to Target, existing retail stores, and a new Trader Joes grocery store and additional strip mall. The City's traffic calming improvements included:
Striping of crosswalks to connect retail uses on both sides of Red Fox Road, encouraging walking between stores instead of driving. A shared middle turn lane was also added to keep the roadway narrow (instead of building out to 4 lanes wide).
A new sidewalk was constructed along the North side of Red Fox Road (sidewalks on both sides of road now).
Adding a concrete median at the intersection of Lexington Avenue to guide traffic with signage.

Relocated and upgraded the traffic signal on the SE corner of the Red Fox Road and Lexington Avenue intersection.

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The Shoreview Environmental Quality Committee and the Bike and Trails Committee are both supportive of these upgrades to offer pedestrians and trail/sidewalk users more access to the busiest area of Shoreview.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

3 star - Action 1:

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

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The City has created a map which is distributed widely, available online or to pick up at city facilities.

Bike lockers have been added to some bus stops throughout the City, and bus shelters were added in 2011. Shoreview has been recognized as a Bike Friendly Community.

The City has an active Bikes and Trailways Committee that serves under the City Council and is advisory to the development of bikeways, trailways and alternative means of transportation, and to promote their implementation.

Each year, the leisurely Tour de Trails bike ride celebrates Shoreview as a bicycle-friendly community and is a terrific way for family and friends to experience first-hand the exceptional bicycle paths that cover the length and breadth of the city. The enjoyable summer tour showcases the most scenic parkland the city offers, and participants bypass busy roads and highways by using a series of bridges and tunnels on our trail system.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Shoreview was the first city in the Minnesota to be recognized as a "Bicycle-Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists for its comprehensive 50-mile trail and sidewalk system.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
2 star - Action 3:

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

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Yes the Metropolitan Council offers these services and the City of Shoreview advertises their information on our website with fees, routes, and hours. Also a "Rider's Guide" is available.

Printed bus schedules and service handouts are available at the City Hall and Community Center.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

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:

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The City Council approved Shoreview's Environmental Preferred Purchasing Policy at their April 21st, 2014 meeting.
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To help save energy and water, the Environmental Preferred Purchasing Policy requires that all city purchases of water-using products would meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense certification and EnergyStar certified equipment and appliances. These rating systems ensure that energy efficient products are purchased for our needs.

Other policy components include purchasing paper containing at least 30% post-consumer recycled content and reusable or refillable office supplies when available.

The City has already been purchasing these items through one person in the Administration Department and has been using these guidelines for some time.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
3 star - Action 2:

Purchase energy used by city government - via the municipal utility, green tags, community solar garden, 3rd party - with a higher renewable percentage than required by Minnesota law.

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The City has been a member of Xcel's Windsource program for a number of years. All of the City's electricity is purchased under this program.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 3:

Establish a local purchasing preference and, working with a local business association, develop a list of locally-produced products and suppliers for common purchases.

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The City uses recycled paper from Anchor in St. Paul and printing services from River Print also in St. Paul.
City staff use these vendors and would be happy to make the list available to others.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
3 star - Action 4:

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

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The City became member of the EPA's WaterSense program in 2014. Future equipment replacements as needed will meet WaterSense certification as required by our adopted Environmental Purchasing Policy.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 5:

Set minimum standards for the percentage of recycled-content material in asphalt and roadbed aggregate or other construction materials, and for compost and warm mix asphalt use.

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The City uses standard MNDOT specifications for aggregate composition percentages in surfaced roads and shoulders. A salvaged/recycled aggregate mixture shall have a minimum of 10% by mass aggregate material incorporated into the mixture.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

2 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

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For new development or redevelopment, a Tree Preservation Plan is required as part of the City's Municipal Code, section 209: Environmental Standards. A tree preservation plan shall be submitted. This plan shall identify the trees to be preserved on the site and the methods to be employed to insure that the identified trees are not damaged during construction. These methods must be acceptable to the City. A Tree Replanting Plan, acceptable to the City, shall also be submitted. This plan shall provide for at least a one-for-one replacement, up to a maximum of 15 trees per acre, for any healthy tree(s) in excess of 4 inches in diameter, except the replacement threshold for boxelder, cottonwood, and willow trees shall be eight inches of diameter and except as required elsewhere in this Section for landmark trees. The replacement trees shall comply with the standards in Section 206.010(J). Trees preserved on the site shall count toward the 15 trees per acre maximum replacement requirement, except any trees required to be replaced to compensate for the removal of a landmark tree [Section 209.050(B)(2)(c)] shall be in addition to the requirements of this section.

In 2012 the City's vegetation Code was updated to allow for native landscaping.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
3 star - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City has approximately 5 staff certified as MN Tree Inspectors, and several volunteers are First Detectors or retired foresters from the Minnesota DNR.

The City Council adopted the Shoreview Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan in March of 2012 (attached).
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

1 star - Action 2:

Complete the GreenStep Municipal Stormwater Management Assessment.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Registered for the Blue Star Award program May 2013.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Yes, street width construction is considered on a case by case basis during planning and reconstruction of streets. Shoreview has one pervious concrete neighborhood with a street not wider than 20 feet, due to mature trees and small right of way challenges. The City is usually not interested in building roads wider, as they are more expensive to both build and maintain (plow, sweep, patch, etc). Construction of streets is outlined in Municipal Code Section 402.

Watersheds have volume reduction and infiltration requirements which the City meets in our projects. Shoreview's illicit discharge ordinance is found in Section 209.060 of the Municipal Code.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 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.

Date action report first entered:
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The City has adopted a surface water utility fee to fund repair and replacement of existing
conveyance systems and provide a funding source for implementation of goals listed in the
SWMP and BMPs listed in the SWPPP. Estimated operating costs, capital costs, and debt
payments for insuring the integrity of the system are included in the City’s Comprehensive
Infrastructure Replacement Plan and Policy, with a time horizon of 50 years.
The Surface water utility fee varies with household type.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
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:
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Implementation details:
The City's Environmental Quality Committee hosts an annual Green Community Award program which recognizes private property owners for these stormwater infiltration or reuse techniques. This is one way the City promotes best management practices for stormwater.

When the City installs rain gardens, cisterns, or pervious pavement, we follow the Minnesota Stormwater Manual or the Urban Small Sites Manual for specifications.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
Not rated - Action 6:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City has an adopted and implemented erosion control ordinance in Section 209.040 of the Municipal Code. The Public Works Department is responsible for tracking current construction projects of all sizes where erosion control is necessary. Inspections are regularly scheduled for all open sites to ensure compliance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

2 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
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1) In 2011-2012, Ramsey County paved the final section of trail in Grass Lake Regional Park. It connected several sections of trails and allowed for crossing over the pedestrian bridge over 694. It had previously been limestone.

2) The City is putting a sidewalk on the N side of Red Fox to help people from local business access the new restaurants and stores off Red Fox.

3) The City is looking to put trails on both sides of Hodgson from Hwy 96, South to 694. These plans completely depend on the County time line for reconstructing Hodgson as well as the amount of space available during the project.

4) The city is looking at a connector trail down Hamline Ave when the road is rebuilt in 2016.

5) Trails will be created along County Road E as part of the Owasso Realignment project and will help connect local neighborhoods to school sidewalks.

6) In 2012 the County did clear several acres of invasive brush and buckthorn and used control burning techniques to bring back native prairie vegetation to Grass lake and other County open spaces.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Yes, the City has incorporated native plants into the landscape of our parks, the Community Center, and along significant roadway corridors like Highway 96. The City is looking into capturing more stormwater for irrigation needs in the future.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
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:
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Implementation details:
A group of dedicated Shoreview residents volunteer many hours each year to maintain City-owned facilities, such as a rain garden at the Fire Station and a large native plant buffer outside of City Hall and the Community Center. These volunteers remove buckthorn, trash, and other invasives and plant native plants from their own gardens. They add mulch annually and work with City staff to continuously maintain these public spaces.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 star - Action 3:

Adopt and report on measurable, publicly announced surface water improvement targets for water bodies, including the percent of lake, river, wetland and ditch shoreline with at least a 50-foot vegetation buffer.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Yes. The MS4 permit from the MN Pollution Control Agency regulates stormwater discharge within the City. Annual reports and updates are submitted to both the State and given a hearing before the City Council.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 4:

Adopt a shoreland ordinance for all river and lake shoreland areas; reduce flooding and costs through The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System.

Date action report first entered:
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Yes, Section 209 of the Municipal Code regulates the altering of bluffs and removing trees.
The City's Shoreland Management regulations apply to all properties located within 1,000 feet of a protected water body. These requirements protect the lakes and streams located within the City from overcrowding, pollution, and other undesirable conditions, while maintaining property values, views and the natural character of the shorelines.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The City adopted a Shoreland Ordinance in 1992, and the regulations have been amended and implemented since. The Ordinance has been approved by the MN DNR.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 7:

Create/assist a Lake Improvement District.

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Implementation details:
The Snail Lake Improvement District Board provides recommendations to the City Council on matters relating to the management of Snail Lake. In addition to the augmentation of Snail Lake, the Board may become involved in a number of lake-regulated issues including: the maintenance of public beaches, docks and other facilities; and the implementation of lake water conservation programs.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

Not rated - Action 1:

Compare the energy use and financial performance of your facilities with other peer plants using standardized, free tools.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City does not yet have a wastewater facility but are in the planning stages of constructing one.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 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:
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Implementation details:
To reduce the amount of infiltration and inflow into the sewer system, the City:
1. Prohibits the discharge of any roof drainage, storm water, surface water or groundwater into the municipal sewer system.
2. Evaluates and upgrades the municipal sewer infrastructure to reduce infiltration and
inflow as part of road reconstruction projects.
3. Annually televises the sewer system to determine if and where repairs are needed.
4. Actively uses pipe relining and other trenchless technologies to rehabilitate segments of the sewer system.

The City has created Residential Sump Pump and Non-Residential Roof Drain Inspection Programs in response to the concern for infiltration and inflow. These programs are intended to result in a reduction in clear water entering the City’s sanitary sewer system. The City has developed strategies for reducing I&I, and corresponding Metropolitan Council Environmental Service surcharges associated sewage treatment of I&I.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Septic Systems {BP no.21}

1 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:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Yes, we have only 12 left in the City, and we are working on switching them to City sewer.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 2:

Use a community process to address failing septic systems.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
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Implementation details:
Shoreview’s Development Ordinance regulates individual sewage treatment systems. The City’s individual sewage treatment system ordinance is consistent with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Rule 7080 requirements including inspection and service requirements.
Education efforts include informing individual sewage treatment system users of the proper maintenance and use of their systems.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
3 star - Action 3:

Clarify/establish one or more responsible management entities for the proper design, siting, installation, operation, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City monitors the condition of the existing individual septic systems. Maintenance pumping records are required to be submitted, and compliance inspections are performed every three years. The low number of private systems in the City is small enough that annual record review is sufficient to insure that system maintenance is being performed by the property owners.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
2 star - Action 7:

Arrange for assistance to commercial, retail and industrial businesses with water use reduction, pollution prevention and pretreatment prior to discharge to septics.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Yes, engineering staff assist with design and planning during development review.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

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:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Yes, the City's webpage hosts many options for residents and businesses to recycle items properly. The City also reprints/advertises additional recycling options in the City's newsletter, such as electronics recycling at private collectors like Best Buy, Staples, and Retrofit Recycling.
The City also offers a clean up day twice a year and collected approximately 12 tons of electronics from residents in 2012.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
2 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:
Implementation details:
The City has had an organized recycling collection program for a number of years. All single family and multi-family households are served by one contract and one hauler, currently Allied Waste. Allied Waste collects cardboard, glass, all plastics #1-#6, steel cans, juice boxes, newspaper and office paper, phone books, and plastic bags. All of these items and more are mandated within the contract to be picked up.

The City licenses garbage haulers and residents may choose their own. However, to prevent multiple trucks on multiple days, the garbage haulers follow the recycling contractor's "zones" so residents can put out their bins on the same day.

The City's recycling participation rate averaged 85% in 2012.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

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:
Implementation details:
All residents intending to have a recreational fire are responsible for abiding by the following regulations:

Fire size can be no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet, and no higher than 3 feet.

Wind speed must be below 10 miles per hour.

Fire must be constructed in a "fire ring" or pit at least 25 feet away from any combustible material or structure.

Flammable liquids or accelerants cannot be used to start any recreational fire.

If planning to have a recreational fire, be aware of any local burning bans in effect.

Recreational fires are prohibited during all burning bans.

Only clean wood can be burned. No grass or leave clippings are allowed.

Open burning is restricted to vegetative, non-polluting material, which cannot be practically composted or chipped.

Buckets, shovels, garden hoses or a fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating must be present for use at recreational fires.

A knowledgeable person in the use of fire extinguisher equipment must constantly attend the fire. An attendant must supervise the fire until it has been extinguished.

The fire department is authorized to require that open burning be immediately discontinued if smoke emissions are offensive to occupants of surrounding property or if the fire is determined to constitute a hazardous condition. Variations of any of the above rules will result in the immediate extinguishments of the fire. These and any other violations of the open burning laws could result in loss of the right to have recreational fires and also may cause a citation, with fines up to $150 or more, to be written.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

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:
Implementation details:
The City's Environmental Quality Committee originally recommended participation in the MN GreenStep Cities program to the City Council. The Committee and staff will continue to coordinate GreenStep implementation measures and report on progress annually to the City Council and residents via the website and City newsletter.

Additionally the City is participating in the Regional Indicators Program and updates will also be shared.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Comprehensive planning benefits the community in many ways. The background data collection
and analysis shows us where we are today and helps to determine where we want to be in the future. Communities that plan are able to respond to change effectively. Planning allows us to provide public facilities and services efficiently and cost-effectively.
Planning also links implementation programs and strategies. In addition, the planning process
helps to create ownership in the comprehensive plan by citizens and government officials.

Comprehensive planning enables communities to identify population characteristics,
development trends and issues. This process involves the collection and analysis of background
data including population, employment, housing, land use, transportation, community services,
parks and natural resources. The analysis of this data enables the community to determine its
current and future needs. Communities can then develop implementation strategies and
programs to satisfy these needs. The administration of these implementation and strategies can then be coordinated and carried out effectively. Shoreview has many plans and programs in place that are meant to meat the goals of our Comprehensive Plan.

The Implementation Chapter outlines how each program will be developed and administered, tools and monitoring metrics, and fiscal considerations. financial commitment and support to carry
out the policies and achieve our goals. These financial commitments include existing programs and policies the City currently has in place such as the Capital Improvement Program and Comprehensive Infrastructure Replacement Plan.

Updates on each section are included in the City's ShoreViews newsletter for residents 6 times a year, the City's website, and are given a chance to participate when specific plans or Comprehensive Plan chapters are amended or approved with a Public Hearing process.

The City is working on publishing information for GreenStep Cities progress as well as the Regional Indicators Initiative findings to date. Staff from the Regional Indicators Inititative has met with the Shoreview Environmental Quality Committee and will soon meet with the City Council in a workshop setting.


http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/home/showdocument?id=1294
One specific example of coordinating and reporting data to community members is our Shoreview Housing Action Plan.
This Plan takes into consideration recent housing studies, the 2008 Comprehensive Plan and changing
community needs. The City continues to carry out the policies identified in the Comprehensive
Plan and has implemented some of the recommendations. This housing plan summarizes the
current housing efforts and identifies gaps in the community’s housing needs that should be
addressed in the future.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Housing Metric: The Metropolitan Council has implemented several housing programs to ensure that life cycle and affordable housing opportunities are available in the region. The Livable Communities Act (LCA) is a voluntary, incentive-based approach to help the Twin Cities metropolitan area address affordable and lifecycle housing needs while providing funds to communities to assist them in carrying out their development plans. The City participates in this program and has adopted affordable and life-cycle housing goals and continues to meet the required expenditures for local housing programs. As a result of this participation, Shoreview has received funding to assist with redevelopment projects which provide life-cycle and affordable housing.

Urban Land Institute - Minnesota/Regional Council of Mayors (ULI MN/RCM)

The City was selected to participate in ULI MN/RCM’s Opportunity City Pilot Program. The
intent of the Opportunity City Pilot Program is to increase the number of cities that have tools
and strategies in place to support a full range of housing choice. The program included a
Housing Audit and Site Analysis. The Housing Audit compiled information pertaining to the
demographic makeup of the community, existing housing goals, tools and strategies, identified
gaps and recommended needed changes to support a full range of housing choice.

The second part of this program, Site Analysis, looked at the potential redevelopment of a site
using the ULI Technical Assistance Panel. A number of sites were presented to the ULI TAP for
consideration, including the Midland Terrace site. The Midland Terrace site was chosen because
it featured some of the ULI’s community site principles and has a strong potential for
redevelopment.

The new 104 unit, 6 story apartment complex is currently under construction in 2014. This building will set a new level of quality (and height!) for the area and will establish a move-up product within the Shoreview community.

Many more programs and housing initiatives are detailed in the plan. These efforts are available on our City website and featured in the City Newsletter.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
2 star - Action 3:

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

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
The City is participating in the Regional Indicators Initiative, as first recommended to the City Council by the Environmental Quality Committee.
The program’s scope of work involves a consultant team to collect the last three years of data for benchmarking and then training City staff to collect the data in future years. Data needed includes topics like energy, water, waste, and vehicle miles traveled. These metrics can be normalized over population or jobs, which can be presented easily as gallons of water used/person/day or pounds of waste/person/day. Information can also be obtained and compared across different sectors – such as residential versus commercial or industrial users. These units can show where targets, education, or best management practices may be used to lower environmental impact.

The Environmental Quality Committee reviewed the program at their April 23rd, 2012 meeting and made a recommendation to the City Council that the City participate in the Regional Indicators Initiative. The Committee felt that this program is consistent with the steps Shoreview has already taken, and would be helpful to actually measure the impact of the City’s efforts towards environmental sustainability. The City Council passed a Resolution in support on May 7th, 2012.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
2 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:
Implementation details:
The Environmental Quality Committee hosts an annual Speaker Series January-May. (CTV for past events http://www.ctv15.org/index.php/shoreview-videos.html)
The Environmental Quality Committee also hosts the Green Community Awards annually. The Green Community Awards began in 2007 as a program to find, recognize and reward residential, non-profit, and commercial property owners that demonstrate Best Management Practices (BMPs) for water quality. In 2013, the Committee expanded the award program to recognize individual and corporate efforts in three general areas: Water, Energy, and other General Initiatives.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
In 2012, 17 private properties were recognized for outstanding best managment practices for water quality. In 2013 the program will be expanded.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
e. The City of Shoreview hosted “Creating Communities for All Ages: Generational Differences and Similarities” in May 2013.

During this event, attendees participated in a conversation while learning about generational differences and how individuals in our communities feel welcomed.

Our goal is to bring people who live, work, attend school and/or worship in the northern suburbs of Ramsey County together to engage in a dialogue that bridges differences and builds greater understanding across generations, to promote cooperation and community unity.

The Shoreview Community Foundation and Roseville Human Rights Commission joined the Shoreview Human Rights Commission in organizing and sponsoring the City’s fourth Community Dialogue.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

1 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:
Implementation details:
Shoreview has and will continue to provide city assistance for projects that incorporate green/sustainable methods into development plans.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
1 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:
Implementation details:
The City updated it's business website to reflect the work we do behind the scenes to help our existing or future businesses go "greener".
Our Business Assistance website includes a multitude or resources for businesses to take advantage of - such as:
Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation- A Chamber of Commerce program to save money through waste reduction, resource conservation, and energy efficiency.
The Trillion BTU Energy Efficiency Improvement Program: to save Minnesota businesses money by reducing energy consumption by up to one trillion BTUs a year and be one of the first in the nation to use energy conservation as an economic development tool. The Saint Paul Port Authority is using Federal stimulus monies through the Minnesota Department of Commerce to create a business loan program.
Additional green resources include the Urban Initiative Loan Program, and One-Stop Efficiency Shop Lighting Retrofits.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Shoreview has and will continue to provide city assistance for projects that incorporate green/sustainable methods into development plans.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
2 star - Action 5:

Lower the environmental and health risk footprint of a brownfield remediation/redevelopment project beyond regulatory requirements; report brightfield projects.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Yes, the Rice Creek Corporate Park was a project with public/private partnership for brown field/contaminated cleanup for redevelopment. The Rice Creek Corporate Park is the single largest development in Shoreview on the former site of a University of Minnesota aviation field.

The largest employer in Shoreview is located here, the operations center for Wells Fargo Bank. The main building of 400,000 square feet is the largest building in the community.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

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:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Yes, Shoreview allows chickens and beekeeping. Chickens may be kept within the City limits on residential properties located in the RE, Residential Estate Zoning District and the R1, Detached Residential District, subject to the following conditions:

On residential properties less than 2 acres in size can have a maximum of (4) hen chickens or pullets. Roosters are prohibited.

On residential properties more than 2 acres, may need a conditional use permit for more than (4) hen chickens or pullets. Roosters may be permitted.

The butchering of chickens is prohibited

Chickens shall be fully contained on the property at all times through the use of fencing.

Shelters must comply with all requirements of the Development Code.

Food materials are stored outside shall be in closed containers with lids

All contaiment areas and shelters shall be maintained in a clean, sanitary, and odor free environment and shall be free from the presence of rodents or vermin at all times.

Chickens shall not be raised or kept for fighting. Cockfighting is prohibited.

License: No person shall keep, maintain or breed chickens on property located in Shoreview unless a license is obtained pursuant the provisions of the City Code, Chapter 600. Licenses are valid for 2 years, and the license fee is $30.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
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:
Implementation details:
The City of Shoreview hosts a farmer's market every Tuesday afternoon in the Community Center parking lot, June through October.
Donations are collected weekly for local food shelves and charities.
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Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665

Business Synergies and EcoDistricts {BP no.28}

Not rated - Action 3:

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

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Shoreview has multiple examples of allowing for shared parking and access in both industrial/business parks and commercial areas including Rice Creek Corporate Park, PaR Systems, Shoreview Corporate Center and even the new Red Fox Retail area.

As far as "shared recreation" the best example would be again the Rice Creek Corporate Park where as part of the development partnership the City received dedication of a 10-acre tract to construct Rice Creek Fields, a community park for the businesses and adjacent Village at Rice Creek neighborhoods including playground and a fastpitch softball complex plus additional dedication of trails and open space.

Shoreview has participated financially in a number of business/manufacturing expansion and building renovation projects including PaR Systems and TSI Incorporated. In the case of PaR Systems the City provided funding assistance for their acquisition of the vacant former Curtis 1000 printing facility and we also purchased and resold at a discount the former Ramsey County Sheriff's patrol station building to retain PaR in the community and they undertook major multi-million dollar building renovations and upgrades.

Cummins Power Generation purchased and did major renovations and improvements to the former Medtronic building at Victoria/I-694 --- although the City didn't directly assist, the building was re-purposed and updated.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665