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RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE OCTOBER 2000 "BUILDING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES" FORUM SPONSORED BY A BROAD BASE OF COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS, DEVELOPED BY THE MINNESOTA DIVISION OF THE IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE OF AMERICA, AND FUNDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE FOR MINNESOTA RESOURCES.

BY COUNCILOR FENA:

WHEREAS, the principles associated with developing sustainable communities have been used successfully in community planning efforts in Minnesota, the United States, and throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, communities that are sustainable strive to meet the environmental, economic, and social needs of today's citizens without compromising the ability of future generations to enjoy the same; and

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth is in the beginning stages of a process to develop a comprehensive plan that will guide all future community planning efforts.

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth and its surrounding area is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and resources that are treasured by both our citizens and our many visitors; and

WHEREAS, there is increasing pressure to develop many of these natural areas in the names of "growth" and "progress"; terms which mean different things to different people; and

WHEREAS, community businesses, organizations, government entities, and grassroots citizen groups work with good intentions to enhance the economic, environmental and social quality of life in our community.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth supports the efforts of a broad base of community stakeholders to come together in a series of three meetings, on October 10-11 & 27, 2000, to increase their understanding of sustainability principles, to learn the processes for building sustainable communities, and how to apply them to our community.