City Detail

Background Information

City of Victoria
County: Carver
Population: 7793
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 19
Participating township, county, school: Laketown Township
School District 112

GreenStep Coordinator

Paul Moretto
City Staff
952-443-4210
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 3 ( )

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

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

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 38
1 star actions: 17
2 star actions: 15
3 star actions: 3

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.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Implementation details:
The City has entered all of the 2014 energy usage for the City's Buildings, Park Shelters, and Lift Stations. The Executive Assistant will be entering in the data on a quarterly basis. The City will continue to track the energy usage for the City looking for possible energy savings.
Outcome measures/metrics:
2014 Data has been entered into the B3 site.
The only error in the report comes from the New City Hall building, which we moved into in Januray 2015. There have not been enough energy bills to calculate energy use yet.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
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:
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Implementation details:
In spring 2014 The City started a Save Energy Campaign with staff and users of City Hall. We've placed turn off the lights signs in the City Offices and Council Chambers. Bathrooms in City Hall building have an automatic sensor and turn off when not being used. We hope to expand this campaign to other existing City Buildings and the new City Hall/Library and new Public Works Building the City is constructing. We've placed turn off your computer at the end of the day signs in office areas in City Hall. The city offers an appliance rebate program to citizens to submit your rebate if you purchased an Energy Star water-efficient appliance.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Less energy used in the New City Hall building with Energy Star appliances and Save Energy Campaign
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
1 star - Action 4:

Implement information technology efforts and city employee engagement to reduce plug loads, building energy use and workflow efficiency.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The city of Victoria mandates all computers and lights to be turned off at the end of the day. Lights in bathrooms in city hall have an automatic sensor and turn off when not in use. Conference rooms and break rooms and personal office spaces are encouraged to use light from windows when in use and no electricity when not in use.
Outcome measures/metrics:
The new city hall building and library uses less energy. There are more windows and doors, there fore less need for lighting.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

3 star - Action 1:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach/incentive program to promote/achieve residential energy/water use reduction and energy efficiency.

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Implementation details:
Appliance Rebate Program

Save Water, Save Money
The City of Victoria is pleased to offer a rebate program for the purchase of water-efficient appliances as a means of promoting water conservation. Victoria residents are eligible for a rebate of up to $100 for the replacement of a clothes washer or dishwasher with the purchase of an ENERGY STAR® qualified water-efficient clothes washer or dishwasher and a rebate of up to $50 for the replacement of toilets, shower heads, and faucets with WaterSense labeled products.

Rebate Process
Here's how the rebate process works:
Purchase an ENERGY STAR® qualified clothes washer or dishwasher to replace a clothes washer or dishwasher or replace a fixture
Complete the application form and attach a copy of the receipt (the receipt must be dated for the current year and clearly identify the model purchased)
Submit the application form to the city for review and inspection

Rebate funds are limited. Applications will be processed in the order they are received. Applicants must be residential City of Victoria utility account customers. If approved, your rebate will be credited to your utility account.

For information on ENERGY STAR® appliances visit the ENERGY STAR® website.

Forms
Rebate forms and additional information about the rebate program is available at City Hall or you may contact Trisha Pollock by email or by calling 952-443-4216.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
energy star
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
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:
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Implementation details:
In 2008 the City implemented a watering ordinance in an effort towards water conservation. The watering ordinance restricts the use of water from May 1st - September 30th. Properties with even addresses can water on even calendar days and properties with odd addresses can water on odd calendar days. Under the watering ordinance property owners can not water between the hours of 10am-5pm in an effort to reduce wasteful watering. Additionally for all new irrigation/sprinkler system a rain sensor must be installed.

In 2014 the City is aiming to reduce water usage throughout the community by implementing an outreach/education program.

The city offers a rebate program for citizens who submit they have purchased energy star appliances and equipment. The City of Victoria is pleased to offer a rebate program for the purchase of water-efficient appliances as a means of promoting water conservation. Victoria residents are eligible for a rebate of up to $100 for the replacement of a clothes washer or dishwasher with the purchase of an ENERGY STAR® qualified water-efficient clothes washer or dishwasher and a rebate of up to $50 for the replacement of toilets, shower heads, and faucets with WaterSense labeled products.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Watering Restrictions
Schedule
Odd / Even and time of day watering restrictions in effect from May 1 through September 30.

Odd / Even
The use of the City of Victoria's water supply system for lawn and garden sprinkling, irrigation, car washing or other non-potable uses shall be limited to an odd / even schedule corresponding to property addresses each year from May 1 through September 30.

Homes with even number addresses are allowed to water only on even number calendar days and odd number addresses are allowed to water only on odd number calendar days. To conserve water and prevent the wasteful effects of irrigation during the day, no person shall irrigate using the public water supply system between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on any day of the week.

Citations
The city will be issuing citations for property owners found violating the watering restrictions. These water conservation measures are necessary to protect our natural resources and remain within the city's DNR water usage allocation. Failure to conserve water will result in higher costs for all our residents, so please water responsibly.

Citizens are encouraged to purchase energy-efficient appliances to save money and energy in the city of Victoria.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219

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:
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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria implemented their most recent comprehensive plan in 2009. The current comprehensive plan outlines the community's vision through the year 2030. Every 10 years the community will revisit the comprehensive plan and make revisions to reflect the current conditions and forecasts for the City.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Carver County; Metropolitan Council
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
1 star - Action 2:

Demonstrate that regulatory ordinances comply with the comprehensive plan including but not limited to having the zoning ordinance explicitly reference the comprehensive plan as the foundational document for decision making.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria's Zoning Code states that development and redevelopment occur in accordance with the goals, policies and plans established in the comprehensive plan. Additionally several other areas within the City's Code of Ordinances compliance and conformity with the City's Comprehensive Plan is mentioned.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219

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:
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Implementation details:
The City Zoning Ordinance allows for zero-lot-line setbacks for the City's Central Business District. The flexibility allows for higher intensity of commercial land use in the Central Business District and a better use of space.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
1 star - Action 4:

Provide incentives for infill projects, or for life-cycle housing at or near job or retail centers, or for achieving an average net residential density of seven units per acre.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City offers TIF and other incentives for infill projects within the Central Business District. The City has utilized these incentives to get a local grocery store in town and various other commercial developments.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

2 star - Action 1:

Organize or participate in a community planning/design process for the city/a mixed use district.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria participated in a Downtown Master Planning process in 2008. The process brought in a consulting firm to orchestrate the planning process with the community stakeholders.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
2 star - Action 2:

Locate or lease a school, city building or other government facility that has at least two of these attributes:

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The city recently moved into a New City Hall that is connected to the Library. The City Hall was finished in 2014. The new City Hall is located in the downtown and will be located adjacent to an new retail building being constructed in 2014 on the same parcel. The City Hall will be located on the LRT Trail (biking/walking trail )that connects Victoria to Minneapolis. The City has a shared parking ordinance which allows businesses to share parking spaces and reduces the number needed. The City Hall will be located across the street from a municipal lot that serves multiple downtown buildings.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Many people can park in the small lot then walk around to city hall, the library, the shops near downtown or they choose to bike the LRT trail.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
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:
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Implementation details:
The city allows Mixed Use housing, as stated in the PUD link provided.

Each residential PUD, or the residential portion of each
mixed-use PUD, shall have a density within the range specified in the
comprehensive plan for the PUD site
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
3 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City's Central Business District allows for mixed use of all buildings within the downtown. The zoning for the district allows for a variety of uses both permitted and conditional uses.
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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

1 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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Implementation details:
The City adopted a tree preservation ordinance to consistently preserve the City's natural environment. The City's tree preservation ordinance requires developers to preserve and or replace trees they removed when developing an area.
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For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
2 star - Action 4:

Adopt a conservation design policy; use a conservation design tool for pre-design meetings with developers and for negotiating development agreements in cities with undeveloped natural resource areas.

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Implementation details:
The purpose of this section is to implement the conservation objectives contained in the comprehensive plan, including but not limited to those shown on the 2030 Future Land Use map. The primary tool to accomplish these purposes shall be density transfer based on an approved concept plan. The city hereby establishes provisions for planned unit developments utilizing conservation subdivision design requirements
Outcome measures/metrics:
The city is proud the have requirements within the Conservation subdivision design. This allows the city to keep the environment in mind but also letting the community grow
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

3 star - Action 5:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail Length: 15 miles The Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail stretches between Hopkins and Carver Park Reserve, offering scenic views of Lake Minnetonka along the way. The Trail starts in Victoria and ends in Minnetonka but connects to multiple different trails - all the way to Minneapolis.
Outcome measures/metrics:
People in the city of Victoria are very proud of the bike and running trails. They are constantly being used in Victoria. The trail runs right behind City Hall and it is a great place for people to park and ride.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

1 star - Action 1:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria promotes walking and biking in the community. The City has a large trail system and is currently working to remedy any trail gaps. The City promotes walking and biking by having trail maps available at the Recreation Center, City Hall and online at the City's website. One unique feature of Victoria is it's LRT trail that allows bikers/walkers to get from Victoria to Minneapolis.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
2 star - Action 2:

Conduct an Active Living campaign such as a Safe Routes to School program.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria had partnered with Carver County in the Go Carver Go program. Go Carver Go is an Active Living Campaign started in 2008 to provide residents opportunities to be active. The program received SHIP funding in 2010 and is going strong. GoCarverGo is a gateway for all Victoria residents to learn about activities and opportunities related to active living throughout Carver County.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Carver County; Minnesota Department of Health; MN SHIP; Blue Cross Blue Shield
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
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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Implementation details:
WeCAB (Community Area Busing) is a network of volunteers whose mission is to provide safe, affordable, flexible and supplemental transportation for:
Medical Appointments
Shopping local businesses
Worship Services
Community Services
Errands
Weekend Access to Metro Transit
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
WeCAB
For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219
1 star - Action 4:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria has a limited parking lot for employees - we try to use the parking lot for citizens or visitors who are shopping and dining in the downtown Victoria area. City employees are given information on the benefits of carpooling. We are trying to implement incentives for employees who carpool on a regular basis.
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For more information contact:
Madison Fox-Christensen (City staff) | mfoxchristensen@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4219

Demand-Side Travel Planning {BP no.14}

1 star - Action 1:

Reduce or eliminate parking minimums: add parking maximums; develop district parking.

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Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210

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:
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Implementation details:
The city uses 30% recycled paper for all office uses. The new city hall building has energy-star equipment. The city adopted a purchasing policy that states OFFICE PRODUCTS – GENERAL
• Erasable boards – alternative to paper flip charts
• Solar powered calculators and other devices – eliminate the need for batteries
• Refillable pens, pencils, and tape dispensers – eliminate waste
• Reuse file folders and binders – applying new labels extends usefulness
• E-mail – alternative to paper memorandums
• Double-sided copies – reduce paper waste
• Reusable kitchen dishware – reduce waste
• Purchase products in reusable, refillable, or returnable containers – containers may be sent back to the vendor for reuse

COPY PAPER AND ENVELOPES
• Recycled content – when possible, purchase 100% post-consumer paper
• Chlorine-free paper – buying chlorine-free paper reduces pollution - choose paper labeled as “Processed Chlorine-Free” (PCF)
• White and pastel paper – fluorescent and dark colors are harder to recycle

OFFICE MACHNIES
• Printers – choose printers with duplex units to save paper
• Printer toner cartridges – purchase remanufactured toner cartridges from supplies that will reuse spent cartridges
Outcome measures/metrics:
OFFICE PRODUCTS – GENERAL
• Erasable boards – alternative to paper flip charts
• Solar powered calculators and other devices – eliminate the need for batteries
• Refillable pens, pencils, and tape dispensers – eliminate waste
• Reuse file folders and binders – applying new labels extends usefulness
• E-mail – alternative to paper memorandums
• Double-sided copies – reduce paper waste
• Reusable kitchen dishware – reduce waste
• Purchase products in reusable, refillable, or returnable containers – containers may be sent back to the vendor for reuse

COPY PAPER AND ENVELOPES
• Recycled content – when possible, purchase 100% post-consumer paper
• Chlorine-free paper – buying chlorine-free paper reduces pollution - choose paper labeled as “Processed Chlorine-Free” (PCF)
• White and pastel paper – fluorescent and dark colors are harder to recycle

OFFICE MACHNIES
• Printers – choose printers with duplex units to save paper
• Printer toner cartridges – purchase remanufactured toner cartridges from supplies that will reuse spent cartridges
Descriptive File: view file
EnergyStar
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
1 star - Action 7:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City has reduced the use of paper at meetings by providing staff and elected officials iPads. City Council Agenda packets can range from 20 pages to more than 200 pages. Without having to print copies of the agendas the City had been able to reduce it's environmental footprint.
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Urban Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

2 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

Date action report first entered:
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Outcome measures/metrics:
With the implementation of this ordinance the City has been able to preserve trees and manage developments to preserve our natural resources.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

2 star - Action 2:

Complete the GreenStep Municipal Stormwater Management Assessment.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Blue Star Award Program
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Blue Star Award Program
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
Pending - 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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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria’s SWPPP is designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants from the City’s storm sewer
system to the maximum extent practicable. To achieve this goal, standard Best Management Practices (BMPs)
have been developed. The BMP measures are intended to address the 6 minimum control measures (MCMs)
outlined in the MS4 Permit. The 6 MCMs are:
1. Public Education and Outreach
2. Public Participation/Involvement
3. Illicit Discharge Detention and Elimination
4. Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
5. Post-Construction Stormwater management in New Development and Redevelopment
6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

1 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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Implementation details:
The City had identified and begun remedying the gaps within the City's system of trails, parks and open spaces. The Comprehensive Plan outline new and future improvements to the parks and trail system within the City. The City recently approved a trail connection to the MN Landscape Arboretum connecting nearly 500 residents in the northern section of the City to additional trails. The City has also been making and planning trail improvements with new developments.

The city and ISD 112 share a Use Agreement that states the partnership between the school and the city for the playground and gymnasium.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
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.

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Implementation details:
The City has plans a budgets for new parks and trails and connections to existing trails when new developments are created. The City Code requires the dedication of a portion of land for parks/open spaces or cash in lieu of the land when new developments are built.
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For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210

Surface Water {BP no.19}

1 star - Action 2:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria has hosted open houses on improving local water quality and protecting wetlands and ponds.

In July 2007 the City hosted it's first community open house on the topic. Since then the City has grown significantly and we have many new property owners who abut ponds and wetlands.

On May 1, 2014 the City will be hosting another open house on improving local water quality and protecting our wetlands and ponds. 547 property owners are invited to this open house to learn how to protect our natural resources. Maintaining wetlands and storm water ponds will help improve our local water quality.

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has partnered with the City to make these events possible.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
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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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria adopted a shoreland ordinance for the property that abut the lakes and tributaries within the City in 1993 and amended the ordinance in 2002. The shoreland ordinance is aimed at protecting the City's lakes and water quality. The lakes and ponds within the City are protected by a buffer zone.
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For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
2 star - Action 6:

Implement an existing TMDL implementation plan.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria has implemented a TMDL plan for four of its lakes. Lake Wasserman, Lake Virginia, Tamarack Lake, and Stieger Lake all have TMLD plans and the City works with the Watershed District to make sure it the TMDLs implementation plans are being applied.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210

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:
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Implementation details:
The City's Planning Commission has been involved with the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program since Victoria was selected as part of the pilot program. The Planning commission has received updates at different meetings on the program's progress. The city of Victoria gives an annual presentation to the City Council and public about Green Step Cities and why it is important and where to find the best practices on the website.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
2 star - Action 4:

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

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The city of Victoria offers a variety of education classes through the parks and recreation department. These classes include activities such as safety, fitness and local gardening.

The city of Victoria offers the community to participate in Water Conservation Challenge Month. The Mayor is asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in a national water conservation challenge. http://www.ci.victoria.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=222



In previous best practices we've listed water quality education and local food promotion campaigns. The City does promote a variety of other sustainability and action campaigns. The City promotes the National Mayor’s Water Conservation Challenge to promote water conservation. The City offers free composting opportunities for residents to compost their leaves and other yard waste. Victoria is the City of Lakes and Parks and supports recreational activities to promote active living.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File:
Wyland Foundation;
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

2 star - Action 3:

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

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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria has an intense trail system that bring the user to the CBD where there is limited parking space for vehicles but many spots for bicycles to be parked. The Victoria Business Association donates a portion of its event proceeds to the City of Victoria’s Park and Recreation Scholarship fund. This is a great way to get people to come to the CBD, while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

GoCarverGo is a green initiative to promote the use of trails and parks in Carver County. You can plan a trip via bike or walking, rollerblading, etc, on the website. It is a useful tool.

The Victoria Recreation Center offers health discounts through Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota and ND / Ucare and Health Partners, Preferred One and Silver & Fit.

The biking/running trails connect Downtown Victoria all the way to Minneapolis. This way, people who live a greener lifestyle have the option to travel via trails to the city.
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Victoria Business Associaton; Blue Cross; UCARE; Healthpartners; Preferred One; Silver & Fit
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
Pending - Action 5:

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

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The City aims to lower the environmental footprint of all brownfield remediation and redevelopment sites. Currently the City is facilitating a redevelopment on a property in downtown Victoria. The property had asbestos and the City is facilitating the clean up so a new development can go in.
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For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
2 star - Action 7:

Conduct or participate in a buy local campaign for community members and local businesses.

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Implementation details:
The City collaborates with the Victoria Business Association, the Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce and local businesses to promote our local businesses. The City has a list of locally owned businesses and provides information and links to each business on the City's Website.

The City supports the Victoria Business Association in hosting many community events that promote our local businesses. The City hosts annually the Discover Victoria Day that offers a business and resource expo for businesses in the community. The expo provides an opportunity local businesses to be promoted. Classic Car Nights are hosted by the Business Association bringing people into the community to enjoy viewing classic cars and visiting local shops. Volksfest is a local community celebration that aims to bring people downtown. The Halloween Kids Party hosted by the Business Association promotes local businesses by having kids trick or treat at participating businesses. The final event hosted by the Victoria Business Association is Christmas in Victoria at which there is a tree lighting ceremony, crafts and promotions at different businesses in downtown. The City supports these events by partnering in hosting or providing marketing and other assistance.

The City when hosting events the City shops locally working with local restaurants or the local grocery store to provide food or snacks.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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Victoria Business Associaton, Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210

Local Food {BP no.27}

Pending - Action 2:

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

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The City of Victoria promotes a community garden area that is accessible to multifamily residential developments.

The City's Community Garden is located at the Victoria Recreation Center. Residents are encouraged to participate. Annually the garden plots fill up quickly with interested residents. The City manages the Community Garden. The Recreation Center is a centralized place that is accessible to all people.
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For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210
2 star - Action 3:

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

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Implementation details:
The City of Victoria promotes local food production and distribution by promoting the local community garden and farmers market.

The City's Community Garden is located at the Victoria Recreation Center. Residents are encouraged to participate. Annually the garden plots fill up quickly with interested residents. The City manages the Community Garden.

The City promotes the local farmers market that is located at the local greenhouse/nursery. The Farmer's Market is held every Saturday through the summer. The City lists the Farmer's Market on it's website and send reminders to those who signed up on the website.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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Hartman Companies
For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff) | pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us | 952-443-4210