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City Council Work Session- Packet

Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

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

Police Station and City Hall Construction

Development and Planning Update

Pool and Park Planning

New Hope Utility CrewNational Public Works Week is May 20-26

The theme of this year’s National Public Works Week, May 20 to 26, 2018, is “The Power of Public Works” and notes the impact the many facets of public works have on our daily lives. It’s easy to take for granted what New Hope’s public works crews do for the community. National Public Works Week is a good opportunity to recognize the knowledge and dedication of New Hope’s public works crews who serve the community and make our lives easier. New Hope's utility crew (right) was recently recognized as Employees of the Quarter. (more...)

New Hope proclaims May 25

Missing and Exploited Children Day

Missing and Exploited Children Center logoThe New Hope City Council recently proclaimed May 25, 2018 “National Missing and Exploited Children Day in the city of New Hope.” The proclamation notes, “All children need love and guidance, and deserve to grow up in an environment free from exploitation and physical abduction. Children benefit from direct interaction by a parent or guardian regarding child safety. Safety programs should encourage parents, guardians and other role models to spend time talking to kids about safety.” (more...)

Comprehensive Plan open house is May 30

The city is near the end of preparing it 2040 Comprehensive Plan which impacts all the properties, neighborhoods, and businesses in the City.  The Comprehensive Plan outlines our long-range strategies for addressing housing, businesses, transportation, and community parks and facilities within New Hope.

Residents are also invited to attend a Comprehensive Plan open house between 5 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at city hall to view the plan and talk to staff if you have questions or concerns regarding the plan or your neighborhood. The open house is intended to allow residents, property owners and businesses the opportunity to understand the plan, ask questions and give input into the plan’s preparation. Resident comments and opinions are important to this process. 

In addition to the open house, a public hearing on the draft New Hope 2040 Comprehensive Plan will be conducted by the New Hope Planning Commission on June 5.  All written or oral comments from citizens regarding the proposed Comprehensive Plan update will be heard at the public hearing.

To view the current draft fo the New Hope 2040 Comprehensive Plan, click here.

New Hope Village Golf Course is Open!

New Hope's beautiful par 3 golf course is open for the season. Open golf, leagues and lessons are available for all ages. Call 763-531-5178 to reserve a tee time today! The course is located at 8130 Bass Lake Road.

New Hope Golf Leagues, Lessons and Open Golf Flyer

Candidate filing period

The filing period for two council member seats on the New Hope City Council is from May 22, 2018 until June 5, 2018 at 5 p.m. An individual may run for City Council in New Hope if they are an eligible voter, will be at least 21 years old on January 1, 2019, and have maintained a residence in the city for 30 days before the general election. Candidates may file for office with the city clerk. The city clerk’s office is located at New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. The filing fee is $5. For more information, contact Valerie Leone, city clerk, at 763-531-5117 or

Memorial Day Observance

Quad Communities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is sponsoring a Memorial Day event at 10 a.m. on Monday,
May 28 at Chester Bird American Legion Post 523, 200 Lilac Drive N in Golden Valley. The ceremony will include a bagpiper, bugler, honor guard with three-rifle volley, Robbinsdale City Band, and more. A reception will follow the observance. The event will be held outdoors. In case of inclement weather the observance will be moved inside Breck School, 123 Ottowa Avenue N in Golden Valley.

Bee Pollinating FlowerCity Council resolution supports pollinators

The New Hope City Council adopted a “Bee-Safe City” resolution supporting pollinators and pollinator habitat in the city of New Hope at its meeting on April 23. The “Bee-Safe City” proclamation stipulates that the city of New Hope will follow best management practices in the use of plantings and pesticides on all of the public lands within the city. The resolution also calls upon the city to encourage New Hope residents to create and maintain pollinator-friendly habitats, avoid planting flowering plants that have been treated with systemic insecticides, and follow pollinator-friendly lawn and landscaping practices. (more...)

Yard waste site is open for the season

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 2. 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.

Police Station and City Hall Construction Frame GrabConstruction timelapse for
new police station and city hall

Construction of New Hope's new police station and city hall has begun with the demolition of the exising outdoor pool. Click on the image, at right, to view a timelapse of construction progress for February 18 through May 4, 2018. To view weekly construction timelapse and other information about construction of the new building, click on "Police Station and City Hall Construction" at right.

Did You Know Fun Fact - Jan 2018


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Step To It Challenge

Do you have a competitive spirit? Do you want a fun and easy way to get in shape this spring? Then the Step To It Challenge, from May 1-27, might be for you! 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 begins 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

Council approves contracts for improvements at Sunnyside and Begin parks

The New Hope City Council approved two contracts totaling $264,250 to replace the playground in Sunnyside Park and the basketball courts in both Sunnyside and Begin parks at its meeting on April 9. Click here for more information.

New Hope Explorers compete at state conference

New Hope Explorers and Advisors

New Hope's Police Explorers were among the 48 explorer posts from Minnesota and North Dakota who participated in the 43rd annual Minnesota Law Enforcement Explorer Association state conference in Rochester. The New Hope group competed in practical exercise events including: Crime Prevention, Domestic Crisis, Emergency First Aid and Witness Interview/Interrogation. The also participated in two academic sessions including Defensive Tactics and Dark Web. New Hope's first year Explorers brought home a first place trophy in the Dark Web academic session. New Hope's Explorers and their advisors are pictured at right (click the small image to view a larger version).

Council proclaims April 15-21"Great Shingle Creek Watershed Cleanup Week"

On April 9, the New Hope City Council proclaimed April 12-15, 2018 "Great Shingle Creek Watershed Cleanup Week." The proclamation notes "the city of New Hope is dedicated to preserving and protecting the water resources in our watershed" and that "litter and trash can be washed into our lakes, rivers, wetlands and streams, polluting the water and blocking our storm sewers and storm drains." The proclamation goes on to encourage residents to "take an active role in protecting our water resources by picking up litter and trash and keeping our streets, parks, neighborhoods and community clean." New Hope will hold a cleanup and tree planting event in Meadow Lake Park later this spring to mark the Great Shingle Creek Watershed Cleanup event.

No on-street parking after snowfall

With wintertime here, it’s important for residents to remember New Hope’s on-street parking restrictions:

  • On-street parking is prohibited in New Hope as soon as 2 inches of snow have fallen.
  • Vehicles must remain off the street until the pavement has been plowed to full width.
    If possible, residents are encouraged to avoid parking on the street for 24 hours after a snowfall.
  • On-street parking is prohibited year-round from 2 to 6 a.m.

Vehicles violating the city’s parking restrictions may be ticketed or towed.

Spring road restrictions began March 5

The starting date for Spring Load Restrictions in the metro frost zone will be Monday, March 5, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. Road Restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routes are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website at

Progress continues on Metro Blue Line LRT Extension

The Metro Blue Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension will begin operation as early as 2022. The 13-mile line will travel northwest from downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park with stations in Golden Valley, Robbinsdale and Crystal. Blue Line riders will also be able to transfer to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Connect Blue Line Now! LogoInternational Airport and the Green Line LRT for easy access to the University of Minnesota campus and downtown St. Paul. Design plans for the extension are currently 90 percent complete and the Metropolitan Council and Metro Blue Line Coalition are currently seeking federal funding to complete the project. A newsletter "Tracking the Blue Line Extension" is available here. The Metropolitan Council has also produced a virtual flyover tour of the Blue Line Extension here. Or, visit the coalition's "Connect Blue Line Now!" website for more information.

2018-2027 New Hope Pavement Management Plan

The New Hope city engineer presented the updated 2018-2027 Pavement Management Plan to the City Council at its November work session. In 2014, the director of public works and the city engineer formulated a pavement management strategy to advance the pavement surface replacement program beyond the system that was previously developed. The pavement management strategy identifies and prioritizes street maintenance activities based on pavement rating index (PRI) and other factors to maximize the return on each dollar invested. Depending on roadway and underlying maintenance conditions, maintenance strategies are identified as edge mill and overlay, full mill and overlay, or full reconstruction. The updated Pavement Management Plan forecasts street improvement projects through 2027.

2018-2027 Pavement Management Plan

2040 New Hope Comprehensive Plan update

The city of New Hope has begun work on the 2040 update of the New Hope Comprehensive Plan. The updated plan will provide New Hope with an outline for future development and redevelopment through the year 2040. More information about the New Hope 2040 Comprehensive Plan update is available here.

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...)

2017 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.

2017 New Hope Economic Development Report

2016 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 2016 report, click on the link below.

2016 Water Quality Report