Having recently completed updates to its comprehensive plan, including a new Sustainability Element, the City of Forest Lake decided to integrate sustainability concerns into its planning and regulatory framework. Students in a capstone workshop in urban planning at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs taught by Dr. Carissa Schively Slotterback developed a sustainability action plan focused on policies, ordinances, projects, incentives, processes, and other implementation tools that the city could use to address sustainability. Graduate students and city staff developed a sustainability plan that has now been adopted by the city council, and that will guide implementation of sustainability goals in Forest Lake. The plan serves as a model for other communities interested in establishing a planning framework and innovative policies for addressing sustainability.
This project was supported by a grant from the Community Growth Options (U-CGO) program, a joint project of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, with funding from the McKnight Foundation.
Breakiron-Aultman, Sara; Birkeland, Brant; Vardhan Das, Kirti; Flannerty, Sean; Meyer, Kate; Quinn, Julie.
City of Forest Lake Sustainability Action Plan.
Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
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