Adaptation/Resilience

Action 1. Adopt urban tree canopy coverage & diversity goals that increase over time   {16.3 

Action 2. Agriculture and Forest Protection District (BPAs 10.2, 10.3, 10.6, 16.5, 27.1The Agriculture and Forest Protection District provides language to protect the economic value of agricultural and forestry resources as a primary and preferred land use. The district is geared toward county and township areas, although the language can be used for cities that want to permanently protect these economic natural resources rather than simply maintaining an urban reserve.

Action 4. Local Food Networks (BPAs 10.2, 10.3, 10.6, 16.5, 27.1 The Local Foods ordinance focuses on land use standards that protect food production businesses in agricultural areas under development pressure. The ordinance is geared to suburban and ex-urban communities where residential development and small commercial agriculture occupy the same area.

Action 5. The Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill 

(HF2738) creates an inclusive economic resiliency program designed for sustainable living and provides the crucial economic infrastructure (public investment and policies) to:

  • Anchor every local economy in a robust regenerative food system (source to table food web)
  • Restore the ecological foundation for sustainable living and capturing carbon 
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships between rural and urban communities (Sister cities and counties)
  • Reward practices that help communities live sustainably and nurture health and well-being 
  • Nurture the current and next generations of regenerative food leaders (source to table)
  • Provide an economic legacy capable of sustaining this and future generations

Action 3. Model Landscape Ordinance for a Municipal Zoning Code (BPAs 3.1, 3.3, 3.5, 7.5, 10.4, 10.6, 16.5 Language here, developed by ORANGE Environmental and reviewed by state organizations, regulates the review process for new developments. Based upon Burnsville and Minneapolis code, topics covered include soil and tree health, biodiversity, water infiltration, irrigation, sun and wind orientation, parking lots, and industrial buffer yards.