Implementation in the Design Process:
Select a site where the proposed building and infrastructure will have minimal disturbance on the existing vegetation and the supporting soil and hydrologic conditions that support it. Identify areas of vegetation or high quality areas for restoration that will be protected or restored during the design and construction process.
Through the design process, integrate techniques that minimize negative impacts on soil, water, and vegetation on the site and adjacent sites that are to be preserved or restored. Develop details and specifications that support the use of native plantings, maintain existing biodiversity, and promote enhancement of site conditions per the B3 Guidelines.
Hold a preconstruction meeting to identify requirements for protection/preservation of vegetation during and after the construction process. Monitor submittals for compliance with plans and details. Make bidders aware of specific responsibilities for integrating the onsite vegetation management with connections to vegetation on adjacent sites. Ensure that existing plants and trees indicated to remain are protected, and maintain or improve soil and water conditions to promote and improve vegetation growth.
Create an operation and maintenance manual to protect and maintain onsite vegetation. Document the existing conditions of the vegetation, the reason why it was preserved or enhanced, and its ability to function in its current capacity. Note what enhancements, and what enlargements or reductions in spatial area, would be needed to accommodate a different building type in the future.
Pollinator friendly planting list:
Select pollinator friendly planting from the list below for compliance with S.4H:
DNR Pollinator Best Management Practices and Habitat Restoration Guidelines: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/npc/2014_draft_pollinator_bmp_guidelines.pdf
University of Minnesota Bee Lab “Plants for Minnesota Bees” https://beelab.umn.edu/help-bees/actions-help-bees/plant-bee-flowers
S.4C: 90% of the 30-year maturity-level area may be used if and only if the following two conditions are met:
- Condition 1 – Minimum soil volume – 1,000 cubic feet per tree is provided for trees individually planted, or 600 cubic feet per tree for trees in shared soil. For structural soils this volume must be multiplied by a factor of 5.
- Condition 2 – Minimum area of catchment sloped to tree soil – 1,000 square feet of impervious surface or 3,000 square feet of turf (or similar); this area can be prorated for partially impervious areas.