Model Ordinances: Resources

MN DNR Waters Publications

Local Official’s Guide for
Handling Shoreland Alterations

(848 KB pdf)

The North Central Minnesota Lakes project

The North Central Minnesota Lakes Project covers five counties -- Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, and Itasca -- in the rapidly growing north central part of the state. The growth rate and increasing development are impacting water quality and habitat.

A Guide for Buying and Managing Shoreland
NCML Project
Pilot Project Area

An Assessment and Rationale for the Alternative Shoreland Management Standards (4.3 MB pdf)

Background for Shoreland Rules
(255 KB pdf)

Shoreland Standards Update Process

Minnesota's Alternative Shoreland
Management Standards

(439 KB pdf)

Developed through the work of the Shoreland Standards Update Advisory Committee

December 12, 2005

US EPA - Model Ordinances


This web site includes model ordinances to serve as a template for those charged with making decisions concerning growth and environmental protection. For each model ordinance listed, there are several real -life examples of ordinances used by local and state governments around the nation. The ordinances address matters that are often forgotten in many local codes, including those listed to the left.


More Real-Life Example Ordinances at EPA

Center for Watershed Protection

Codes & Ordinances Worksheet for rating a Community’s provisions for promoting the protection of its streams, lakes and wetlands.

The Stormwater Manager's Resource Center

Do you need to start a stormwater or watershed protection program from scratch? Well, you'll probably need to write a local ordinance to make it happen. This website intends to make your life easier by adapting one of the 30 model ordinances provided for stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, stream buffers, and other topics.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: