City Detail

Background Information

City of Woodbury
County: Washington
Population: 63621
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 280
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Jennifer McLoughlin
City Staff
651-714-3522
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: 86
1 star actions: 41
2 star actions: 28
3 star actions: 8

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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Implementation details:
Woodbury has entered data into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database for all of its buildings. Some buildings have data back to 2002. City staff update the database monthly. The city uses the information to compare energy efficiency for all city-owned buildings.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 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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Some of the low and no cost changes include the installation of vending misers at City Hall, Central Park, and the Public Works building; adjusting parking lot lighting at city facilities to turn off between 11:00pm and 5:00am; installation of occupancy sensors at City Hall, Public Safety, the Public Works building, and the fire stations; installation of low-flow water fixtures for all city remodeling or construction projects; and lighting retrofits for all city buildings. At Central Park, the winter temperature for the facility was reduced to 69 degrees from 71 degrees. Summer temperatures were also increased to save energy. Thirty-two watt lamps were replaced with 25-watt lamps at Central Park. In the fire stations, night lighting in the parking bays were reduced to save energy.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 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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Implementation details:
All city buildings have had recommissioning studies completed, as well as lighting retrofits.

In 2007, Woodbury City Hall was remodeled, including a 13,841 sq. ft. addition to the building. Energy improvements included a geothermal system, a south facing glass facade to maximize daylight, energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, energy efficient lighting, and occupancy sensors. An energy management system allows the city to control the energy use based on occupancy. The project also featured installation of a green roof, porous paver parking stalls, low-flow water fixtures, a rain garden, and the installation of "Grasspave" and "Advanced Turf" along walking paths to handle truck loads without adding impervious surface.

In 2009, Woodbury replaced the existing ice arena refrigeration system at Bielenberg Sports Center with an energy-efficient geoexchange (or ground source heat) system. The new system is estimated to prevent 1,024 metric tons of CO2 emissions and result in $100,000 in utility cost savings. The project also included installation of low emissivity ceilings, a new energy management system, and fixture retrofits for water conservation.

During the Summer of 2011, the city remodeled and expanded the public safety building to include a geothermal system for heating and cooling. In October 2012, a 40kW solar PV array was installed on the building. The project also included the addition of a parking garage for public safety vehicles. Since the vehicles previously idled for long periods to keep computer and medical equipment from freezing, the garage eliminated the need for continuous idling. Fuel savings averaged througout the year equals 1,100 gallons of fuel each month.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 4:

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

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The Use and Energy Conservation section of the city’s Technology Policy (AD-IT 5.2) recommends each employee power down computer monitors at the end of a regular work day and the entire computer system and printers if they will not be returning the following day. It also states that desktops have been programmed to “go into an energy-saving state after twenty minutes of inactivity.” The City of Woodbury has virtualized 53% of their servers which allows servers to run on the same physical server computer which reduces their overall electrical use and heat generation. The city has also purchased ultra slim desktop computers for over 90% of the city staff which are Energy Star qualified, EPEAT Gold with 87% efficient external power supply configuration. The city has installed occupancy sensors for lights in all offices in City Hall and Public Safety. Woodbury City Council passed a resolution to be an Energy Star Partner in 2009.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 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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Implementation details:
In July 2009, the City Council passed a resolution to adopt a Sustainable Building Standard for New and Renovated Municipal Buildings in the City of Woodbury. The resolution states that at a minimum, the city will utilize the B3-State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines in the planning, design, construction and commission of new buildings and major renovations greater than 5,000 square feet that are owned by the City of Woodbury.

Woodbury City Hall is Energy Star Certified. The B3 guidelines were utilized in the renovation and expansion of the building in 2007. Since the resolution was adopted, the renovation and expansion of Public Safety (2011) was documented through the B3 process.

The expansion of the Bielenberg Sports Center is being documented through the B3 process, as well as Xcel's Energy Design Assistance Program. The new building will also meet the SB 2030 standards. Construction at Bielenberg is expected to begin spring 2013.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
Pending - Action 6:

Improve the operations & maintenance of city-owned/school buildings and leased buildings by using a customized online energy efficiency tool, asset management tool, green building framework or green lease.

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Implementation details:
Woodbury City Hall is Energy Star Certified. City Hall and the Public Safety Buildings meet the B3-MSBG Standards. The Bielenberg Sports Complex is scheduled to begin construction spring 2013. The building has been designed and will meet the MN Sustainable Building 2030 Energy Standards.
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2 star - Action 7:

Install for one or more city-owned/school buildings one of the following efficiency measures:

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A closed loop geothermal system has been installed in three city facilities, including: Woodbury City Hall in 2007, Bielenberg Sports Center in 2009, and the Public Safety Building in 2011.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The Woodbury City Hall project included a 13,841 square foot expansion to the current building. In addition to the geothermal system, other energy efficiency upgrades included lighting and occupancy sensors, and an energy management system. Even after the expansion, the total energy used at City Hall has remained steady compared to energy use prior to the expansion.

The geothermal system at the Bielenberg Sports Complex replaced the existing ice arena refrigeration system. Other energy improvements included low emissivity ceilings, and an energy management system. Following project completion, total energy use at the facility dropped 35% in 2010 and has continued to drop each year after.

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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

2 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:
In 2012, Woodbury was asked by Xcel Energy to be a pilot city in its new Powering Your Community initiative. The goal of the program was to build on existing relationships with residents and businesses and to spread the word about Xcel’s energy conservation programs. The four-month program resulted in 70 visits by the Home Energy Squad. Over the entire year, 320 Woodbury homeowners participated in the program and saved enough electricity and gas to supply 55 homes with a year’s worth of energy.

The city also utilizes the sustainability web pages, the Green Times newsletter, and the city’s InTouch email notification system to educate citizens on energy efficiency and conservation throughout the year.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 4:

Describe energy/water efficiency outcomes and other green building practices at businesses located within/nearby the city.

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Five solar arrays have been installed on Woodbury commercial businesses, totaling 161 kW. There are four privately owned Energy Star buildings in Woodbury, in addition to a school and Woodbury City Hall. The buildings include: Goodwill, Target T0694, The Hartford, Kohls Department Store, Crosswinds School and City Hall.

The Washington County Environmental Center has a rainwater reclamation system for irrigation.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
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.

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The City of Woodbury has an odd/even watering schedule that is in effect year-round. Lawn sprinkling is permitted only before noon and after 5 p.m. regardless of whether it is “your day” to water. The City also has a tiered conservation rate structure for water rates. Based on the amount of water used, residents pay as low as 88 cents per thousand gallons water, and as much as $4.88 per thousand gallons of water. The tiered system may be viewed at: http://ci.woodbury.mn.us/environment-main/water-restrictions-conservation/water-a-sewer-rates
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 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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The City’s Woodbury Goes Green Loan encourages sustainable and energy-efficient green building practices in the City of Woodbury. Low interest loans up to $5,000 are available to qualified families who earn no more than 115 percent of the median income, capped at $90,000 per household. Eligible improvements include new high-efficiency furnaces or water heaters, improved insulation, new windows with better insulation and efficiency than existing windows and other improvements as pre-approved by the City of Woodbury Housing and Redevelopment Authority. This program may be combined with the Woodbury Home Improvement Fund if applicant households meet the criteria of both programs.

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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

New Green Buildings {BP no.3}

2 star - 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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Implementation details:
In October 2009, Woodbury City Council passed a resolution adopting a sustainable building standard for new and renovated municipal buildings in the city. The resolution states that the city will utilize the B3-State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines in the planning, design, construction and commission of new buildings and major renovations greater than 5,000 square feet that are owned by the City of Woodbury. The resolution also states that city staff will consider the feasibility of pursuing Energy Star or LEED certification for the same. Since the resolution was passed, the city has utilized the B3 guidelines and documented the renovation and expansion of the Public Safety Building and the Bielenberg Sports Complex.

In addition, Woodbury City Hall is Energy Star certified.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 4:

Provide a financial or other incentive to private parties who build new buildings that utilize the SB 2030 energy standard and/or a green building framework.

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In September 2012, the City Council adopted a density bonus policy stating that density increases consistent with the density bonus provisions of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan may be allowed at the sole discretion of the City Council. The City Council may grant a density bonus only through the planned unit development process if the proposed project incorporates at least one of the four policy objectives of:

1. Affordable housing and/or assisted living units
2. Greenway dedication
3. Sustainable design
4. Redevelopment of exception parcels.

As stated in the policy - Section 3: Sustainable Design

To implement the City’s sustainability goals, at the sole discretion of the City Council a density bonus of 0.5 units per acre may be awarded to developments in which a minimum of 80% of the residential units meet or exceed the requirements of LEED or other similar City-approved ratings program. Additionally, the City Council reserves the right to grant said sustainable design density bonus to a development that offers additional sustainable design elements not defined herein. A density bonus shall only be granted to a low density development through an approved planned unit development phasing plan. The phasing plan shall ensure sustainable design requirements are met before final platting of any bonus units.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
Pending - Action 5:

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

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All development in the city must adhere to the stormwater management standards and design criteria set forth in Section 27-27 of the municipal code. Maintenance agreements are required for private stormwater facilities. Section 24-270 allows for “laundry drying equipment” in residential areas. These are not specific to common interest communities.
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Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

1 star - Action 2:

Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.

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Implementation details:
The City uses downward directed, sodium vapor street lighting. Section 24.268 of the municipal code states that lighting in parking lots must be downward facing. The purpose of this section includes preventing “unnecessary skyglow.”

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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
3 star - 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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In August 2011, Washington County installed a new coordinated traffic signal control system at along Radio Drive from Afton Road to I94 (10 signals).
On Valley Creek Road, the new system spans from Century to Woodbury Drive (14 signals).
Along Woodbury Drive signals are coordinated from Park Crossing to I94 (7 signals).

There are a total of 58 traffic signals in Woodbury (city, county and state).
- 56 are full traffic actuated with vehicle detection
- 2 are wood pole with no detection
- 14 of the 56 with detection have flashing yellow (an additional 3 will be completed in 2013)

As of May 2013, there are currently twelve roundabouts within the City of Woodbury.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 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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Pedestrian crossing lights are powered by solar at the intersection of Windom and Interlachen Parkway.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

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All of the traffic signals in Woodbury have LED lights for the red and green signals. Yellow lights are being replaced with LEDs as replacement is necessary.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

1 star - Action 4:

Create/modify a green residential remodeling assistance/financing program to assist homeowners in adding space to their existing homes.

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The City of Woodbury has The City’s Woodbury Goes Green Loan is available to those taking steps toward sustainability. http://www.ci.woodbury.mn.us/housing/loan-and-incentive-programs
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1 star - Action 5:

Adopt development/design standards and programs that facilitate infill, redevelopment, and adaptable buildings.

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Redevelopment is addressed in the Land Use and Economic Development sections of the Comprehensive Plan. The Planned Unit Development (PUD) portion of the City Code is designed to provide developers with enough flexibility to effectively implement infill development. Per Section 24-202, paragraph F of the Woodbury City Code: “(The purpose of this article is to) facilitate developments that provide a benefit to the city as a whole, through, but not limited to…innovative public infrastructure, sustainable design,...(and) redevelopment.” The design standards for stormwater management on redevelopment sites are located in Chapter 27 Environmental Management, Division 3 Stormwater Management, Section 27-27 Stormwater Management Standards and Design Criteria, (i) Redevelopment.
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For more information contact:
Mark Huonder (City staff) | mhuonder@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3535

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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Implementation details:
The 2030 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council on July 14, 2012. The plan incorporates sustainability throughout every chapter of the document. The first Guiding Principle within the document is to “Make Woodbury Sustainable.” In addition, Sustainability was identified by the City Council as one of seven Critical Success Factors, that are considered crucial to Woodbury’s success as a community.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
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.

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Implementation details:
Although the Woodbury City Code had always met the intention of the most recent Comprehensive Plan, the City Code was updated to more clearly reflect the 2030 Comprehensive Plan on October 24, 2012. In the City Code updates, many clear linkages to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan were added. For example, the first criteria for granting a Conditional Use Permit is, “Consistency with the comprehensive plan.” (Section 24-43, paragraph a). Many other examples can be found throughout the City Code.
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For more information contact:
Mark Huonder (City staff) | mhuonder@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3535
Pending - 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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Page 7-29 in the Natural Resources/Environmental Protection chapter of the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan, addresses Intergovernmental Cooperation.
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3 star - Action 4:

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

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The 2030 Comprehensive Plan addresses this in the Parks Trails and Open Space section, 8-8. In 1997, the city conducted an NRI that evaluated and ranked natural resources according to quality. In 1998, voters approved a $5 million bond issue for preservation of open space. Over 300 acres of open space was acquired through this initiative. In 2005, voters approved a second $9 million bond issue that included $6 million for the preservation of recreational open space.

The City also adopted a Greenway Corridor Policy 9/26/12. The city’s greenway corridor plan strives to identify and connect Woodbury’s natural systems and areas.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
Pending - 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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Implementation details:
The city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan addresses sustainability in every chapter. One of the implementation action items and initiatives is to develop a climate action plan to serve as a guide as the city moves forward with its goal of reducing carbon emissions related to climate change (page 13-5). City staff is currently working on a sustainability audit of city properties, buildings, services and operations. The audit will select indicators, collect baseline data, determine goals and establish a schedule for periodic audits to assess progress.

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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Resilient City Growth {BP no.7}

1 star - Action 1:

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

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Implementation details:
In September 2012, the City Council adopted a density bonus policy stating the density increases consistent with the density bonus provisions of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan may be allowed if the proposed project incorporates at least one of the four policy objectives of:

1. Affordable housing and/or assisted living units
2. Greenway dedication
3. Sustainable design
4. Redevelopment of exception parcels.

In the Urban Residential District of the City Code, Section 24-134(f)(3) lists 15 units/acre as the maximum for high density areas.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
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Achieve higher intensity commercial/industrial land uses through at least one of the following strategies:

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As articulated in the City Code, the purpose of the zoning district B3 “Planned Shopping Center” district is to “allow maximum flexibility in development” This district, which is shown on the official Zoning Map, allows for a minimum lot size of 1.5 acres after subdivision (Section 24-139, paragraph f.1).
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For more information contact:
Mark Huonder (City staff) | mhuonder@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3535
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.

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Council Directive CD-CommDev-3.23, Density Policy, provides a density bonus for assisted living units.
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For more information contact:
Mark Huonder (City staff) | mhuonder@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3535

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.

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In 2010, the City began an extensive study to develop alternatives for a proposed mixed-use development area. The resulting document, the Urban Village Master Plan, was completed in February 2012. The process for developing the Master Plan allowed for a multitude of opportunity for public input; through open houses for the community, stakeholder meetings, Planning Commission meetings, and City Council meetings. The process was aided by the consultant HKGI, which has a strong background of planning for mixed-use development.
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For more information contact:
Mark Huonder (City staff) | mhuonder@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3535
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 city’s Central Park facility is adjacent to and provides indoor access to Summer House senior facility and the Woodbury YMCA.

City Hall and Central Park are surrounded by a trail network allowing easy access around City Center and between businesses.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
3 star - Action 3:

Modify a planned unit development ordinance to emphasize mixed use development or to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development.

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Identified in the City Code and also on the adopted Zoning Map, the MX “Mixed Use” District is specifically designed to fully utilize the potential of the PUD as it pertains to mixed-use development. Under Purpose and Scope, it states: “Through the planned unit development conditional use permit process, provide for a mix of complementary and supportive land uses within the project area” (Section 24-147, paragraph a.1)
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For more information contact:
Mark Huonder (City staff) | mhuonder@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3535
1 star - Action 5:

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

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The Urban Residential District described in section 24-134 of the municipal code allows residential and compatible commercial in areas designated “urban mixed residential” in the comprehensive plan. Section 24-146 describes a Mixed Use Overlay District. The Urban Village mixed use area is in R1.
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For more information contact:
Mark Huonder (City staff) | mhuonder@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3535
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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Although there is not an incentive per se, Section 24-146(a)(3) regulates the Mixed Use Overlay District and states: “Promote high-density residential development within either underlying zoning district including, but not limited to, vertical mix of land uses within various structures.”
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For more information contact:
Mark Huonder (City staff) | mhuonder@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3535

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 City of Woodbury has developed landscaping guidelines for the City’s major roadway corridors that are implemented for all major roadway construction projects. The City has also developed roadway corridor design principles for major roadways, which includes multimodal transportation considerations, impervious surface controls, and boulevard tree planting requirements.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 2:

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

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Woodbury has been working with neighboring cities, Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Corridor Commission (http://www.thegatewaycorridor.com/), Metropolitan Council, and MnDot in order to plan for and understand the feasibility of a new transit corridor serving the east metro. Woodbury has already begun the process of obtaining and preserving right of way for the eventuality of an LRT or BRT project being constructed to and thru the east metro.
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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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Woodbury has worked with Washington County and MnDot in order to develop long-range plans for access management along all major highways/roadways. Spacing requirements for access allows for efficient intersections and efficient roadway expenditures with sufficient and convenient access. Also right of way and building setbacks are such that future expansion needs can be met if and when traffic volumes require capacity increases on the adjoining corridor.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

1 star - Action 1:

Conduct a Natural Resource Inventory or Assessment (NRI or NRA); incorporate protection of priority natural systems or resources such as groundwater through the subdivision or development process.

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A Natural Resources Inventory of the yet undeveloped portions of Woodbury was completed in 1997. A total of 32 sites were analyzed. Within the next year, an Open Space Committee comprised of members of city commissions, residents at large, and a City Council member studied all the sites and developed a recommended preservation plan for each area, ranging from protection through conservation easements, acquisition through park dedication during the development process, or outright city acquisition. This preservation plan became the basis for successful open space referendums held in 1998 and 2005. Out of the 32 total sites (as of May 2013), 13 have been purchased or obtained through the development process in whole or in part. One additional site is protected through a conservation easement. While most parcels identified for purchase have been acquired, City staff continues to look for opportunities to add open space lands as development occurs.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
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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Municipal Code Sec 27 Division 4 is Protection of Woodlands and provides “Tree Protection Standards” for developing and non-developing properties. The tree ordinance requires that replacement trees be planted when trees are removed during the development process.

As stated in Sec 27-40 (m), there is an incentive to protect contiguous wooded areas that include a large proportion of significant trees, the city will allow the following:
(1)Density transfer. Contiguous wooded areas shall be platted as outlots and dedicated at no cost to the city. These areas can be utilized for a density transfer or for a reduction in gross development area subject to area charges. Some or all of the density associated with the dedicated area may be transferred for use elsewhere in the project area at the sole discretion of the city consistent with an approved planned unit development in accordance with chapter 24, article IV. If allowed density for the outlot area is transferred elsewhere within the development, the outlot area will remain as part of the gross developable area for the purpose of calculating area charges, park dedication and other development fees. If the density transfer is not used, dedicated outlot areas will be subtracted from the gross development area for the purpose of calculating area charges, park dedication, and other development fees. Density calculations will be documented with a recorded document for future reference.
(2)Unit bonus. Projects that provide for dedication of contiguous wooded areas to the city over and above normal park dedication requirements may be eligible for a density bonus in accordance with the city's adopted density bonus policy.

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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 5:

Preserve environmentally sensitive, community-valued land by placing a conservation easement on city lands, and by encouraging/funding private landowners to place land in conservation easements.

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The city holds conservation easements (although they did not fund them) and now does fee for title instead.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

3 star - Action 1:

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

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As part of the city’s commitment to sustainability and the update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, the city created a task force that completed a 15-month study of roadway corridor needs and their potential impacts. The resulting street design principles document balances the environmental impacts caused by roadways and impervious surface with the need to create space for trees, alternative transportation needs for pedestrians and bicyclists, and incorporate both complete streets and context sensitive design principles.

The final document has been used to create templates for all city street corridors and has been used as a model of how cities in the region might approach the move toward Complete Streets.

The Task Force sought to balance four significant goals in roadway corridor design. Traditionally, roadway design has been based on the twin principles of safety and mobility. As Woodbury has continued to mature and seek a leadership role in areas of quality of life, those two principles alone are insufficient to capture all the aspects that today’s roadway design needs to encompass. After extensive discussions with the Design Principles Task Force, it became clear that two more principles besides safety and mobility need to be added — Sustainability and Livability. Therefore, the city’s more complete list of design principles is as follows:
- Mobility
- Safety
- Sustainability
- Livability

The approach used differed in significant ways from traditional approaches to roadway design, including the following:

The smallest size corridor necessary to meet functional requirements and to accommodate projected traffic will be the starting point for roadway design on city, county, and state projects

As a design feature, four-lane undivided roadways have been replaced with a three-lane design with center turn lane; which functions as well for mobility, but reduces the pavement area. Three-lane sections also typically have many fewer crashes when compared to four-lane undivided roadways.

Minimizing the crossing width for pedestrians to the degree possible

Including flexibility in the designs to add transit or other alternatives in the future

Including pedestrian and bicycle facilities and landscape elements as integral components of each of the roadway templates, but not necessarily including on-street bicycle lanes; on-street bicycle lanes and bicycle routes will be evaluated on a case by case basis on city roads as part of the preliminary engineering report

An updated plant schedule for corridors was included to provide high level aesthetics and environmental enhancement while minimizing maintenance costs and interference with infrastructure.

Section 27-27 (a) through (h) of the City’s Environmental Management Ordinance lists the requirements for stormwater management when sites develop. Linear public roadway projects are specifically addressed in Section 27-27 (i) and are required to meet the objectives, although flexibility in the location of the BMPs to handle roadway runoff is allowed. A recent example of this is the County Road 19 reconstruction project, where the required volume reduction is being accomplished by rainwater reuse systems that will be installed on two golf courses that abut the roadway. Although the actual runoff from the road may not be treated, additional runoff from other drainage areas will be treated and counted towards the roadway stormwater management.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 3:

Modify a street in compliance with the city's complete streets policy.

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As part of the city’s design principles, the design standard for residential streets has been changed. all new streets are built using a road section that is 4 feet narrower than in the past, and a sidewalk requirement has been added to all thru streets. Now when street rehabilitation projects occur, each project considers the feasibility of narrowing older streets to the new standard, as well as opportunities for adding sidewalk. Recently, in the 2012 street rehabilitation project, the city redesigned both Colby Lake Drive and Wimbledon Drive to narrow the roadways, and in the case of Colby Lake Drive, it was rebuilt as a parkway with a green median, complete with numbers of median and boulevard trees.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
Pending - Action 4:

Identify, prioritize and remedy complete streets gaps and lack of connectivity/safety within your road network by, for example, adding a bike route/lane, truck route, sidewalk or mid-block alley.

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The City’s Environmental Advisory Commission is currently studying this issue. Along with doing research on what other cities have done, they have also created a survey intended to get public input on perceived bike/pedestrian gaps and connectivity regarding our roadway network. The survey is actively being promoted at various public events. A final report will be developed with a priority list of needed improvements.

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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 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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Several recent street redevelopment projects have incorporated traffic calming measures. In 2012, Colby Lake Drive was converted from a 52 foot wide street to a parkway with two 20-foot lanes separated by a 12 foot median. The narrowed roadway has slowed traffic in the area, which had been one of the goals of the project. Other projects include speed bumps on Meadowbrook Drive, and reducing the width of Wimbledon Drive from 44 feet to 28 feet with a sidewalk.

There are currently twelve roundabouts within the City of Woodbury.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

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’s Trail Map is available as a download on the website at http://ci.woodbury.mn.us/parks-and-trails/trails-maps/trail-map.

As part of the standard conditions of approval, commercial developments are required to install bike racks for new development or major renovations.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 5:

Launch telework/flexwork efforts in city government, businesses or at a local health care provider.

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The City adopted a Flexible Workplace Policy, revised in 2004, that allows for some city staff positions to telecommute.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

1 star - Action 1:

Efficiently use your existing fleet of city vehicles by encouraging trip bundling, video conferencing, carpooling, vehicle sharing and incentives/technology.

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The City revised and adopted its Shared Vehicle Program (AD-ADMIN-1.13) in September 2012. The main directives of the program are to ensure that city vehicles are being utilized to the fullest, to reduce the probability of expanding the fleet in the future, unless absolutely necessary.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 2:

Right-size/down-size the city fleet with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that are of an optimal size and capacity for their intended functions.

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The City’s Vehicle Purchasing Values (AD-ADMIN-1.14) directive sets values and guidelines for the procurement of vehicles for the city fleet. These values are designed to have a multifaceted affect, which include, but are not limited to:
• Reducing the short and long tern costs of purchasing, maintaining, and operating city vehicles
• Rightsizing the city’s vehicle fleet – purchasing smaller more economical vehicles that still fulfill the demands of the intended municipal function
• Reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions created by the city’s fleet
• Encouraging an expansion in the number of hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles purchased and maintained by the city
• Providing the city with an efficient fleet that promotes the city’s sustainability and environmental improvement efforts.
Outcome measures/metrics:

1. Building inspections vehicles have been right-sized from Ford Crown Victoria’s with V-8 engines to Ford Taurus and Impalas with V-6 engines. In 2010, the V-6 vehicles were replaced with Ford Fusions with I-4 engines.

2. In Public Safety, a truck was up-sized from a 1/4 ton 4-cylinder engine extended cab pick-up to a 1/2 ton V-6 engine extended cab pick-up in 2012. The vehicle was used for confiscated or lost items. In addition the required daily equipment, the smaller truck was too restrictive.

3. Several primary squads were down-sized from V-8 engines to V-6 engines in 2012/2013.

4. One primary K-9 squad was up-sized from a sedan to an SUV in 2012. The increase was needed due to additional equipment added to the sedan, coupled with the K-9 requirements.

5. The city replaced two 250KW mobile stand-by generators with two 350KW units (2009).

6. Increase of a truck, tanker from a 2,000 gallon capacity to a 2,500 gallon capacity (2011). The added water capacity required a larger truck that would be able to accommodate approximately 4,500 additional pounds of water weight.

7. Decrease in size and scope of snow blower from engine driven with a replacement value of $127,500 to a non-engine driven type snow blower attachment with a replacement value of $22,200 (2012).
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 3:

Phase-in no-idling practices, operational and fuel changes, and equipment changes including electric vehicles, for city or local transit fleets.

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The City’s Vehicle Purchasing Values (AD-ADMIN-1.14) directive lists as one of its goals, “Encouraging an expansion in the number of hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles purchased and maintained by the City.” The City also has a No Idling Policy (AD-ADMIN-1.15) for vehicles (outside of public safety) that states, among other things, that “idling for more than 30 seconds without vehicle movement is prohibited.” (Attach No Idling Policy)

The city uses vehicle maintenance software to ensure that each vehicle in the fleet is serviced at least two times each year, to optimize vehicle life and fuel efficiency. City staff monitors monthly fuel use and miles per gallon for vehicles within each department. Fuel use and MPG are tracked using a fuel card at city pumps. Fuel and MPG data is available for several years and is compared annually to ensure that the total efficiency of the fleet continues to increase.

The city fleet includes 2 hybrids, 4 electric vehicles for parks maintenance, and 33 vehicles that use E85. In 2013, an electric vehicle was purchased for Eagle Valley Golf Course, with help from an MPCA grant.

The City’s Vehicle Purchasing Values (AD-ADMIN-1.14) directive lists as one of its goals, “Encouraging an expansion in the number of hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles purchased and maintained by the City.” The City also has a No Idling Policy (AD-ADMIN-1.15) for vehicles (outside of public safety) that states, among other things, that “idling for more than 30 seconds without vehicle movement is prohibited.”
Outcome measures/metrics:
The city's Public Safety Department was remodeled and expanded in 2011. The project included the addition of a parking garage for public safety vehicles. Since the vehicles previously idled for long periods to keep computer and medical equipment from freezing, the garage eliminated the need for continuous idling. Fuel use averaged throughout the year has resulted in a savings of 1,100 gallons of fuel each month.

Adding the electric vehicle to the fleet at Eagle Valley Golf Course is expected to save approximately $1,470 in fuel costs per year, in addition to the cost of one oil change per month. According to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Calculator on the EPA website, the addition of this vehicle will result in a reduction of 19.6 lbs of CO2 per gallon of gasoline saved - approximately 200 to 300 lbs CO2 per week during the season; or between 7,800 to 11,700 lbs CO2 per year (based on seasonal).
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 4:

Phase in bike, e-bike, foot or horseback modes for police, inspectors and other city staff.

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The City of Woodbury Public Safety Department uses its bike patrol program as a means to enhance the investigative abilities and to improve community interactions. Bikes are used to get around in confined spaces & places (parks, retail areas) as a means of crime detection and prevention, and as a community relations platform in the same types of venues. Bikes are also used on specific problems, such as curfew or thefts from autos allowing officers to covertly troll around neighborhoods.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 6:

Retrofit city diesel engines or install auxiliary power units and/or electrified parking spaces, utilizing Project GreenFleet or the like.

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As of May 2013, Woodbury is in the process of using the MPCA DERA (Diesel Emissions Reduction Act) grant to retrofit four dump trucks with an up-graded exhaust muffler.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

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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The City does allow for “proof of parking” on development applications to allow for a reduced number of required parking spaces. “At the discretion of the city, specific parking spaces may be shown as ‘demonstrated’ wherein the property or project can be shown to accommodate the minimum required parking spaces but is deemed to be excessive for the current user of the property” (City Code - Section 24-242).
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For more information contact:
Mark Huonder (City staff) | mhuonder@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3535
1 star - Action 4:

Adopt a travel demand management plan for city employees or incorporate into development regulations TDM or transit-oriented development standards or LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.

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Implementation details:
The City of Woodbury has a flexible work program allowing many of its employees to start work at various times. They also have variable work days, allowing some employees to work the traditional 5-day (8 hours per day) or 4 days (10 hour work day).
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

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:

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The city currently purchases Energy Star appliances, computer equipment and printers for which Energy Star certification is available.

The city’s IT department uses a virtual server that reduces the amount of hardware, battery, and energy use compared to a traditional server.

Water saving products purchased by the city meet the WaterSense certification when such products are available.

All city departments purchase printing paper containing at least 30% post-consumer recycled content.

Cleaning products purchased by the City meet Green Seal, Ecologo, and/or U.S. EPA Design for the Environment cleaning product standards if such products are practicable, available, and perform to an acceptable standard. Contracted cleaning staff utilizes the same standards for cleaning products in all city buildings. In addition, cleaning products are dispensed using a meter so the correct portion of cleaners is utilized.

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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 4:

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

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Water saving products purchased by the city meet the WaterSense certification when such products are available. At this time, purchase of WaterSense products is a practice, but it will be included in the EPP that is currently being developed.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 7:

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

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The city’s practice is to avoid the use of plastic or Styrofoam plates or cups at city meetings and events. If a catering company is unable to abide by these guidelines, it is the city’s practice to provide plates and cups for the event. The EPP that is being developed will address this issue at a policy level.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Urban Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

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Implementation details:
Woodbury has been certified annually as a Tree City USA Community since 2008.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 3:

Budget for and achieve resilient urban canopy/tree planting goals.

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Implementation details:
The city has a standing line item in the budget each year for tree planting and maintenance. In 2013, the city planned for and budgeted funds to plant 500 trees.

In 2009, the City of Woodbury received a Community Conservation Assistance Grant through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Metro Greenways Program. The purpose of the grant was to conduct an Urban Tree Canopy assessment, in order to determine the current tree cover across the city. The Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above.

The most important finding of the UTC assessment was the percent tree canopy cover for the City of Woodbury. The city currently has a canopy cover of approximately 22%. The 70% of the city that is developed to its ultimate condition has a canopy of 23%. There is a significant range in the canopy among neighborhoods. Neighborhoods, depending on age and development practices at the time of development, have a canopy cover anywhere between 10% and 50%.

Based on the results of the UTC, the city set goals for increasing UTC, developed an implementation plan for achieving the goals, and has established a monitoring program to track progress. Based on research identifying the benefits of trees in the urban landscape, Woodbury has adopted the goal of increasing the UTC in the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan. These benefits include improved water and air quality, reduced heating and cooling costs, and increased property values.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 4:

Maximize tree planting along your main downtown street or throughout the city.

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The City encourages tree plantings on boulevards in new residential subdivisions, and requires three trees per lot. In addition, Section 24-248 of the Zoning Ordinance requires that enough trees be planted in commercial areas such that at maturity the tree canopy will equal 25% of the site area. Tree species are categorized as small, medium, and large tree canopy trees, and credit is given based on the anticipated size of the trees’ canopy at maturity.

In addition planting plans were in place for Lake Road, Valley Creek Road, Radio Drive and Settlers Ridge Parkway. According to the plans, trees were planted at a distance of 30 feet between trees where possible.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
3 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

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Implementation details:
Since 2004 the city has made an effort to minimize its turf maintenance activities, increase ecological diversity and reduce invasive species. The city requires the planting or seeding of native vegetation around stormwater ponds and wetlands, uses native plantings in landscaping features and uses county work crews to remove invasive species, such as buckthorn, from open space areas. The city is also using modified turf designs that require lower maintenance and less irrigation. The City has a policy in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan in chapter 8 page 8-15: “native plants, such as prairie plantings, will be used in parks and open space to reduce landscape maintenance requirements, to provide food and shelter for wildlife, to buffer shorelines, to control runoff and to discourage invasive and nuisance species.”

The municipal code, chapter 27, division 4, section 27-40 is titled Tree Protection Standards for Developing Properties. In order to preserve trees the City adopted this ordinance stating allowable tree removal and requiring a tree preservation plan be submitted from applicant.

Chapter 27, Division 6, Landscaping and Lawn Care establishes the guidelines by which residents can plant native species in their yards. The purpose of this section of the ordinance is to protect those who wish to plant native species from complaints from neighbors who want a more consistent manicured look throughout their neighborhood.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 6:

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

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Implementation details:
The city has a certified tree inspector on staff.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

2 star - Action 2:

Complete a stormwater management assessment and be recognized for implementing the actions therein.

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Implementation details:
In November 2010, The City of Woodbury received the Blue Star City Award, one of the first eight cities to receive the award. The program honors communities that “are taking a leadership role in protecting Minnesota’s water resources and public health through excellence in storm water management.” The city scored a 119/187 in the following categories: Planning and Preservation, Stormwater Standards and Practices and Stormwater Pollution Prevention.
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For more information contact:
Sharon Doucette (City staff) | sdoucette@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3538
3 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.

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Implementation details:
The City of Woodbury’s stormwater utility fees are set for residential (single family and townhome) parcels. Large multi-family, institutional, commercial and industrial parcels are variable based on impervious surface coverage.

The city also has a stormwater area charge for developing parcels for the construction of major city infrastructure. Developments can receive credits to these charges by providing all necessary stormwater basins and infrastructure required as a result of their development. All money collected from the stormwater utility fee and stormwater area charges are used to fund stormwater projects and stormwater projects are paid for only through these funds.
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For more information contact:
Sharon Doucette (City staff) | sdoucette@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3538
2 star - Action 5:

Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:

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Implementation details:
Chapter 27 of the city code, Environmental Management, states new development should first review the following site design and BMP options before designing the stormwater system:

(1) Preserving natural vegetation.
(2) Preserving and utilizing natural upland swales, depressions and upland storage areas in the post development condition to the degree that they can convey, store, filter, and retain stormwater runoff before discharge. Preservation requires that no grading or other construction activity occurs in these areas.
(3) Eliminating curb and gutter where practicable and using vegetated swales or equivalent.
(4) Minimizing parking facility size.
(5) Using shared parking facilities consistent with zoning requirements.
(6) Installing semi-permeable/permeable or porous paving.
(7) Maximizing open space while incorporating smaller lot sizes to conserve natural areas and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff generated at the site.
(8) Utilizing vegetated areas to filter sheet flow, remove sediment and other pollutants and increase time of concentration.
(9) Disconnecting impervious areas by allowing runoff from small impervious areas to be directed to pervious areas where it can be infiltrated or filtered.
(10) Increasing buffers around streams, steep slopes, and wetlands to protect from flood damage and provide additional water quality treatment.
(11) Installing green roofs.
(12) Using irrigation ponds/systems, cisterns, rain barrels and related BMPs to reuse stormwater runoff.
(13) Planting of trees as a stormwater BMP.
(14) Utilizing a soil amendment/decompaction process after site disturbance.

The city’s design guide includes design standards for infiltration areas/rain gardens. We have also provided guidance and examples for new developments that are interested in stormwater reuse, green roofs and porous pavers by the installation of example projects on city property.

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For more information contact:
Sharon Doucette (City staff) | sdoucette@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3538
Not rated - Action 6:

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

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Implementation details:
Chapter 7, Land Disturbance and Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance of City Code outlines the erosion and sediment control requirements for the City of Woodbury. Additional detail and guidance is included in the city’s land Disturbance Permit packet. Regular site inspections are performed by city staff on all projects with an active land disturbance permit. Chapter 27, Environmental Management, includes the city’s requirements for permanent stormwater treatment.

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For more information contact:
Sharon Doucette (City staff) | sdoucette@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3538

Parks and Trails {BP no.18}

Pending - Action 1:

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

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Implementation details:
The city has a parks and trails system plan as part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan that identifies future park and trail development as the city grows and expands. The city also has a five year capital program for investing in and reviewing their parks and trails system that is updated annually.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
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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The Comprehensive Plan provides a Greenway Map in the Parks, Trails and Open Spaces section that “reflect preferred opportunities for protecting and preserving continuous open space throughout the City.” Funding possibilities are listed in the Comprehensive Plan, but parks are generally financed through new development dedications (Section 21-116, Dedications Required, in the municipal code).
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 3:

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

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Woodbury’s park system consists of approximately 3,200 acres of city-owned parks and open space and 130 miles of paved recreational trails, 63 athletic fields, 40 neighborhood parks, five major open space sites, five community parks. The park system also includes the Bielenberg Sports Center and Eagle Valley Golf Course. The population of Woodbury in 2012 was reported at 63,621, resulting in nearly 50 acres of park land per 1,000 residents. The city has planned for and provided pathways along major roadways, through neighborhoods and within parks and open space to provide and alternative transportation opportunity.
The Comprehensive Plan states that parkland makes up 10% of the City’s area currently. Approximately one-third of the city is not yet developed, so that percentage is expected to go up as the development continues. The Comprehensive Plan sets minimum areas in its design standards for neighborhood parks (1-2 acres per 1,000 people) and community parks (5-8 acres per 1,000 people).

Within the developed area of the city, over 90 percent of residents are within ½ mile of a park or open space.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
3 star - Action 5:

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

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Ninety percent of the lake shore surrounding the city’s lakes has been preserved in native vegetation and is owned by the city. The city has converted many acres of manicured turf and agricultural land in parks and open space to native vegetation to reduce mowing and maintenance requirement.

The city has a tree management ordinance and also an integrated pest management policy that the park and forestry division follows.

Stormwater has been used for irrigation at the Bielenberg Sports Center since its initial construction in 1995. A rain water reuse system was installed in the Thames Road fire station pond to irrigate the adjacent Windwood Park in 2012. A rain water reuse system is being installed at the Eagle Valley Golf Course and Prestwick Golf Course as part of the stormwater management system for the County Road 19 expansion project in 2013.

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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 8:

Develop a program to involve community members in hands-on land restoration and stewardship projects.

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The city hosts an annual Buckthorn Busting Event each October where volunteers gather to remove buckthorn from a city park. Although the even has continued for several years, in 2011, Woodbury initiated a partnership with Great River Greening to utilize the organizational capacity and volunteers offered through a Great River Greening event. The annual event is publicized in the city’s Parks and Recreation brochure, as well as on the city website and its newsletters. Promotion of the event is expanded to motivate residents to borrow city-owned weed wrenches and remove buckthorn from their private property as well. In 2012, approximately 130 volunteers participated in the annual event.

In addition to the annual event, buckthorn is removed from city parks by staff and local service groups on a regular basis.

The city hosts an Adopt-A-Park program that encourages volunteers, with assistance from the Parks and Recreation Department, to adopt a lake or park in Woodbury for regular maintenance and cleanups, including picking up litter and planting flowers. As of February 2013, twenty-four of the city’s parks are adopted.

Woodbury also has a Spring Cleanup Week that takes place in early spring. The purpose is to clean up litter from the city parks, trails and schools. Garbage bags are supplied for trash, and filled bags can be deposited near the trash receptacles for pickup by parks maintenance staff.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

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.

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The City of Woodbury and the three watershed districts with jurisdiction in the city, Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District, South Washington Watershed District and Valley Branch Watershed District, all have adopted Surface Water Management Plans with goals for water bodies. The city has adopted numeric goals and reports the annual “lake grade” based on lake monitoring of the city lakes on the city website. The adopted goals should also be sufficient to address any impairments for lakes that are currently listed as impaired by the MPCA.
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For more information contact:
Sharon Doucette (City staff) | sdoucette@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3538
2 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.

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Chapter 24, Section 148 of the City Code, Shoreland Overlay District, provides regulations regarding shoreland areas. In addition to the MN DNR standard requirements, the City of Woodbury requires that 150 ft of riparian area from the OHWL of most city lakes be dedicated to the city at the time of development for use as parkland.
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Sharon Doucette (City staff) | sdoucette@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3538

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

Pending - Action 1:

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

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The City of Woodbury provides drinking water from aquifers. The system uses 17 wells to supply the water to residents. The city treats water at the well house with chlorine and fluoride. Woodbury does not operate a waste water plant.

Woodbury has a pass through system in which we do not treat the wastewater; it is gravity fed to two different locations for treatment. The two locations are Eagles Point in Cottage Grove and MCES in St. Paul.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 2:

Plan and budget for motor maintenance and upgrades so as to assure the most energy efficient, durable and appropriate equipment is available when upgrades or break downs occur.

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The City performs annual maintenance on all well house facilities and motors. Well motors/pumps are on a 10 year rehabilitation cycle. In rehabilitation, we are implementing Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) for energy efficiency and upgrading our safety controls. Lift station pumps and motors are inspected annually.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
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.

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The City of Woodbury has been in the process of pre-televising Road Rehabilitation Projects to inspect sanitary sewer lines of any Inflow/Infiltration issues that may arise. And using the information collected from the televising report to make necessary repairs and set the budget.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 7:

Create a demand-side pricing program to reduce demands on water and wastewater systems.

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The City also has a tiered conservation rate structure for water rates. Based on the amount of water used, residents pay as low as 88 cents per thousand gallons water, and as much as $4.88 per thousand gallons of water. The tiered system may be viewed at: http://ci.woodbury.mn.us/environment-main/water-restrictions-conservation/water-a-sewer-rates

For residents and businesses that sign up for e-bill or an electronic account, they can see their water use compared to other users on their street.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

2 star - Action 2:

Regulate outdoor wood burning, using ordinance language, performance standards and bans as appropriate, for at least one of the following:

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As per municipal code Section 8-3, Burning Regulations, recreational burning is limited in size and permitted only with the approval of the fire marshal. In this section the City has also adopted Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) rules 7005.0070—7005.0820, Air Pollution Control and Regulations.

In the city, outdoor wood boilers are considered a nuisance and are therefore not allowed. Municipal Code, Chapter 15 Article I.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

2 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.

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The Woodbury Environmental Advisory Commission is the lead group helping city staff identify what GreenStep best practices to try implementing next. The commission is organized into subgroups to research specific topics and to find out what resources are available that could help the city move forward with additional practices or actions.

The city has a monthly newsletter (City Update), in addition to the Green Times newsletter, published three times each year. The March 2013 issue of the Green Times featured two articles on Green Step Cities.

On the city staff level, the Sustainability Specialist will be the lead staff person to coordinate GreenStep implementation. The city also has a staff Sustainability Committee made up of at least one staff person from each city department. As new policies and initiatives are developed, the sustainability committee will provide review and comments before implementation.

The GreenStep program will be featured on a page within the city’s sustainability web pages: www.woodburysustainability.com
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
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.

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The city reports comprehensive city metrics annually in its Performance Measurement Report. That report has a small section on sustainability. Staff is working on a sustainability audit of city operations, which will provide a more focused report on sustainability indicators and metrics.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 3:

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

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In 2006, the City Council appointed a temporary Energy Conservation Task Force, which later became the Sustainability Committee (subgroup to the Environmental Advisory Commission). The group made several recommendations to City Council including: (1) Adopting Sustainability as one of the city’s seven Critical Success Factors, (2) to adopt a sustainability resolution (3) To hire a part-time sustainability specialist, and (4) to incorporate sustainability throughout the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. City Council agreed to all of the committee’s recommendations.

The city’s Environmental Advisory Commission was the lead group to recommend to the City Council that Woodbury become a GreenStep City. As part of that discussion, the commission agreed that progress in the program will be reported annually to the City Council, and on a regular basis to the community.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
2 star - Action 4:

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

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The City provides a variety of educational materials on the sustainability website at: www.woodburysustainability.com.

The city’s Public Works department spearheaded an educational campaign to promote water conservation through a rain senor giveaway. They also offered free audits to the high water users within the community.

The Environmental Advisory Commission participates in a number of annual events to promote sustainability and environmental education, including:
- Hosting a booth at the Woodbury Community Expo
- Partnering with the city’s licensed haulers to provide curbside recycling of bulky items at a discounted rate
- Sustainability and Landscape Workshops
- Native Plant Market
- Hosting a Solar Works Workshop
- Hosting a tour of the Tamarack Nature Preserve in Woodbury
- Rain barrel and compost bin sales
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

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.

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In 2012, Woodbury was asked by Xcel Energy to be a pilot city in its new Powering Your Community initiative. The goal of the program was to build on existing relationships with residents and businesses and to spread the word about Xcel’s energy conservation programs.

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Xcel Energy
For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 6:

Promote green businesses that are recognized under a local, regional or national program.

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The City of Woodbury Environmental Excellence Awards were established in 2008 to recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals that are making Woodbury a more sustainable community through innovative programs and practices that demonstrate environmental leadership.

Local businesses that have received the award and their area of recognition are listed below:

Harvey Vogel Manufacturing Co. – Sustainable Business Practices
Prelude Senior Living Campus – Green Building
Robert Muir Company – Use of Renewable or Alternative Energy
Woodbury Lutheran Church – Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Primrose School of Woodbury – Environmental Education & Awareness
Robert Engstrom Companies – Green Building
Pack & Mail – Waste Reduction& recycling
St. Croix Cleaners – Sustainable Business Practices
Tamarack Village Shopping Center – Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Kowalski’s Market – Waste Reduction & Recycling
McDonald Construction – Residential Green Building
P.M. Bedroom Gallery – Innovative Storm Water Management Practices
Sam’s Club- Electronics Recycling
Slumberland Furniture – Innovative Storm Water Management Practices
Opus Northwest, LLC & Red Development LLC – Innovative Storm Water Management Practices.

The list of 2012 award recipients can be viewed at: http://www.ci.woodbury.mn.us/environment-main/environmental-excellence-awards/2012-eeas. To view previous years, visit: http://www.ci.woodbury.mn.us/environment-main/environmental-excellence-awards/past-eea-recipients
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt wind energy and/or biomass ordinances that allow, enable, or encourage appropriate renewable energy installations.

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Wind and solar energy standards are set in the City’s Municipal Code, Chapter 24, Division 5, titled Alternative Energy Systems. The Alternative Energy Ordinance is explained and promoted at http://ci.woodbury.mn.us/environment/sustainability/alternative-energy-ordinance.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 5:

Install a public sector/municipally-owned renewable energy technology, such as solar electric (PV), wind, biomass, solar hot water/air, or micro-hydro.

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Geothermal is installed in City Hall, Public Safety, and the Bielenberg Sports Center (BSC). A 40 kW solar array is installed at the city’s Public Safety Building. City staff is also working on a contract to install a solar array at the existing Bielenberg Sports Center, in addition to a planned PV system on the new field house at BSC (to be completed in 2014).

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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522

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.

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Rear gardens are allowed in residential areas within the city as shown in Municipal Code Section 27, Division 6—Landscaping and Lawn Care.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
1 star - Action 3:

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

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Farmers markets are allowed in the city. Standards can be found in Section 24-272 of the municipal code. The Sustainability idea List on the city’s sustainability web page provides information on local farmers markets and CSA (community supported agriculture) sites. Visit: http://www.ci.woodbury.mn.us/environment-main/sustainability/sustainability-idea-list

In 2011, the city honored Primrose School of Woodbury with an Environmental Excellence Award for waste reduction efforts in the school and for the implementation of a gardening and nature study program called “Mud Pies,” where an organic garden was established at the school for vegetables, fruit and flowers.

In 2009, Crosswinds school was awarded an Environmental Excellence Award for the planning and development of a rain garden at the school. The development of the garden was incorporated into the school curriculum with students planting the seedlings in class and transplanting them to the garden later that spring.

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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522