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City of New Hope
4401 Xylon Avenue N
New Hope, MN 55428
Phone: 763-531-5100
Fax: 763-531-5136

Police Station & City Hall Planning

Development and Planning Updates

2017 Street & Park Projects


Board of Appeal - Packet

April 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m., New Hope City Hall

City Council Meeting - Packet

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m., New Hope City Hall

Talkin' Trash -- Council discusses organized garbage collection, seeks feedback

Garbage TruckDue to concerns about the impact that garbage trucks are having on the city’s streets, in April the City Council decided to study the merits of implementing an organized garbage collection system in New Hope. The Council will be talkin’ trash with residents at a listening session in August or September to hear what residents think about the possibility of switching to organized garbage collection. (more…)

Severe Weather Awareness Week

tornado+lightningApril 17-21 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. The week is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them. It's also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit. Two statewide tornado drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Outdoor warning sirens and NOAA weather radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning.

Take the time this week to review these severe weather topics:

HRG special materials drop off event is May 6

The Hennepin Recycling Group (HRG), which includes New Hope, is hosting a special material drop off day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. The event will be at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Ave. N. For more information, download the event flyer or visit HRG’s website at

Fred Sims Playground EquiptFred Sims playground equipment contract approved

The New Hope City Council approved a contract for $97,397 with Flagship Recreation/Landscape Structures for new playground equipment at Fred Sims Park. The play equipment will include a large assortment of climbers, bridges and ramps, swings, roller and double slides, and an innovative “Global Motion” rotating net climber – one of only a couple in the metro area. Construction of the new playground is expected to begin in April and be substantially completed by June. Click thumbnail to view larger image. (more...)


Yard waste site is open Dumping yard waste

As you begin to spruce up your lawn and landscaping after its long winter nap, remember that the Maple Grove yard waste site accepts and recycles leaves, grass, brush and branches. The site, located at 10300 Maple Grove Parkway, opened for the season on April 1. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m., through November 30. The site is located just east of The Grove Super Target. Visit or call 763-420-4886 for directions and details about materials accepted.

Step To It logoStep To It Challenge - May 1 to 28

The Step To It Challenge is a four-week physical activity campaign intended to motivate people of all ages and abilities to become more physically active. Registration began April 1. Twenty-four communities will compete to see who has the most active residents. Participants log time spent walking or doing other activities (there’s a convenient conversion chart) ...every activity counts toward the total. For more information or to register, visit

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Spring load restrictions ended April 14 in the Metro

On April 10, MnDOT announced that the ending date for Spring Load Restrictions in the Metro Frost Zone is Friday, April 14, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. Road Restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website at Click on “Seasonal Load Limits,” then click on “Spring Load Restrictions (SLR).”

Svendsen recognized for service on Planning Commission

Steve Svendsen and Mayor HemkenThe New Hope City Council recognized Steve Svendsen for 21 years of volunteer service on the New Hope Planning Commission at its meeting on April 10. During his tenure, he served as chair of the Planning Commission for six years and chair of the Design and Review sub-committee for 18 years. The City Council and staff expressed their gratitude to Svendsen for his countless hours of volunteer service and presented him with a certificate of appreciation and an engraved plaque. Click thumbnail to view larger image. (more...)

Council approves restrictions for dumpster bags

The New Hope City Council amended the New Hope City Code to require residential dumpster bags to comply with the same restrictions as temporary storage units.The amended ordinance allows residential dumpster bags and temporary storage units to be located on a property for no more than 30 consecutive days in one calendar year (unless there is an active building permit). The dumpster ags and storage units must be set back a minimum of 15 feet behind the curb of a public street, must be located at least 5 feet from side property lines, and may not obstruct a sidewalk. (more...)

Pub 42 receives Outstanding Business Award

Pub 42 Outstanding Business AwardThe New Hope City Council awarded Pub 42 the spring 2017 New Hope Outstanding Business Award at its meeting on March 27. Pub 42 came to New Hope in November 2013, after longtime New Hope restaurant The Sunshine Factory vacated the building at 7600 42nd Avenue North. Pub 42, owned by experienced restaurateur Steve Wagenheim, quickly filled the void and became a thriving part of New Hope’s business community. Wagenheim has completed several cosmetic improvements and expanded the bar at Pub 42. The restaurant has about 80 employees. Click thumbnail to view larger image. (more...)

New Hope includes street improvements in property tax levy

New Hope property tax rate appears to be a bit higher than those of eight surrounding communities. New Hope's tax capacity rate in 2017 is 59.931%, or third highest of the nine communities. That ranking, however, does not factor in that New Hope is the only one of those cities that does not levy special assessments for street infrastructure improvement projects. New Hope funds those projects through an annual street infrastructure levy. Removing New Hope's street infrastructure levy from the tax capacity comparision puts it on an equal playing field with neighboring communities. In that comparison, New Hope ranks fifth in total tax capacity rate for 2017, at 50.984% (more...)

City Hall is dropoff site for HUG Diaper Drive

Hug Diaper Drive Presentation

The New Hope City Council agreed to participate in the Helping Us Grow (HUG) bi-annual diaper drive at its meeting on March 27. Community members interested in participating in the HUG Diaper Drive may drop off new packages of diapers, open packages of diapers (if a child outgrew a size), or new packages of wipes at New Hope City Hall throughout the month of April. Click thumbnail to view larger image. (more...)

Council approves design and engineering contracts
for proposed municipal building, pool and park improvements

A majority of the New Hope City Council approved a contract proposal from Wold Architects and Engineers on January 9 to provide architectural and engineering consulting services for a proposed new police station and city hall. A Council majority also approved a proposal from Stantec Consulting Services for civil engineering and landscape design work for the proposed building and a second proposal to work with two resident committees to develop concepts for a new outdoor pool and updated amenities in Civic Center Park to complement the new municipal building. (more...)

CenterPoint Energy to replace gas pipeline along Winnetka Avenue

A contractor for CenterPoint Energy will be replacing existing natural gas distribution and transmission mains along Winnetka Avenue north beginning in August. The portion of the project in New Hope will be along Winnetka from 55th Avenue N to 63rd Avenue North. CenterPoint, in cooperation with the cities of New Hope and Crystal, is holding an open house at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at New Hope City Hall, to share details about the project and answer questions. CenterPoint also has also set up a project website for the Winnetka Pipeline Project.

Winnetka Pipeline project overview and open house announcement

Council approves Northwood North contract

The New Hope City Council approved a contract with Valley Paving, Inc. for $4,258,214 to construct street and utility improvements in the 2017 Northwood North Infrastructure Improvement Project. The project involves improvements to about three miles of city streets from Northwood Parkway south to 36th Avenue, between Boone Avenue and Highway 169. About two-thirds of the streets will be fully reconstructed.The remaining streets will receive a two-inch mill and overlay. Construction of the project is scheduled to begin in mid-April and should be substantially completed this fall. (more...)

Planning Commission applicants sought

The New Hope City Council is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. Planning meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. Commission members serve three-year terms. Interested New Hope residents and business people are encouraged to apply. An application form is available here. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 28.

Call to report turf damage caused by snowplows

In spite of the best efforts of the city’s snowplow drivers, snow removal equipment occasionally tears up some turf. Public works staff typically begin repairing snowplow damage that occurred during the winter in early May. If your lawn was damaged by a snowplow this winter, please call the New Hope Public Works Department at 763-592-6777 as soon as possible. (more...)

2016 City of New Hope Economic Development Report

The city of New Hope Economic Development Report highlights redevelopment projects throughout the city from the previous year and the tools that are in place to promote development activity. The city’s Economic Development Authority promotes and facilitates business development and housing redevelopment activities.

2016 New Hope Economic Development Report

Council approves 2017 utility rates

The New Hope City Council approved 2017 utility rates at its meeting on December 12. New Hope’s base fee and volume rate for sanitary sewer will increase by 7.5 percent in 2017. The base fee and volume rate for water and the fee for storm drainage will increase by 5 percent next year. And the recycling fee will increase by 2.8 percent. The total impact of the utility fee increases on an “average” residential utility customer (who uses 5,000 gallons of water a month) will be $4.18 per month. (more...)

Council approves 2017 budget and tax levy

The New Hope City Council approved the 2017 city of New Hope budget and tax levy on December 12. The 2017 general fund budget is $13,565,476, which is an increase of $700,176 compared to 2016. The overall 2017 tax levy including general fund, street and park infrastructure fund, economic development authority (EDA), and debt service is $11,967,401, which is $1,154,388 or 10.68 percent higher than 2016. The estimated impact of the city tax levy on residential properties ranges from $74 to $139 per year for market values between $150,000 and $250,000. (more...)

Performance Measurement Report

The City Council reviewed an updated version of the City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report at its June work session. The report is a cumulative summary compiled from various sources, primarily the City Services Survey, an annual paper and web-based survey, and the Morris Leatherman Company Survey, an extensive professional community-wide phone survey. The latest version also incorporates SMART goals (Specific-Measurable-Achievable-Realistic-Timely).

City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report

2015 Water Quality Report

The Minnesota Department of Health requires water suppliers, including the city of New Hope, to prepare annual water Consumer Confidence Reports to report the water quality for the previous year. To read New Hope's 2015 report, click on the link below.

2015 Water Quality Report