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Sustainability Planning in Forest Lake

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.

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2009-01-15
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City of Forest Lake
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