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

Development and Planning Updates

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City Council Meeting - Packet

Monday, September 26, 7 p.m.
4401 Xylon Ave. N.

Register to vote

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. You must be registered in order to vote. Register in advance by October 18 to save time on Election Day. If you moved or changed your name, you must reregister. Applications are available at city hall or online. Election information is available on the city website (click on "Voter Information" on the menu to the left) or

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New Hope Council approves 2017 Preliminary Budget and Tax Levy

The New Hope City Council adopted the 2017 New Hope preliminary budget and tax levy at its meeting on September 12 and they were certified to the Hennepin County Auditor.

The preliminary 2017 general fund budget is $13,565,476, which is an increase of $700,176 over the 2016 budget. The preliminary tax levy for the general fund is $9,547,357, which is an increase of $648,703, or 7.29 percent higher than 2016.
Click on the link below to view the preliminary budget document.

The City Council will continue to refine the budget and tax levy over the next few months. The final budget and levy numbers can decrease, but they may not increase.
The proposed 2017 budget and tax levy will be presented at a public hearing on December 5. Interested residents are invited to attend that public hearing and ask questions. (more...)

2017 City of New Hope Preliminary Budget

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New Hope Council approves utility franchise fee increase

The New Hope City Council approved an ordinance amendment at its meeting on August 22 to increase the city’s gas and electric franchise fees for 2017. The city of New Hope first implemented a utility franchise fee in 2003. The residential franchise fee, at that time, was $1.50 per month, per utility for each customer. New Hope had not increased its utility franchise rates since 2003.

The Council approved amended utility franchise fees that are equivalent to the average rates currently charged by other cities in Hennepin County. The residential gas and electric franchise fees will double to $3 per month, per utility for each customer. New Hope will use the additional revenue generated by the higher franchise feesto help fund the city’s pavement management program. (more...)

What do you think of New Hope city services?

New Hope is conducting an informal city services survey again this year to gauge resident satisfaction with a broad range of city services. The survey is available on Survey Monkey by clicking on the link below. A copy of the city services survey was also included in the utility bill mailed at the end of June. However you choose to complete it, only one survey per adult resident, please.

2016 New Hope City Services Survey

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New Hope receives Minnesota GreenStep Cities recognition

City staff presented the New Hope City Council with a “Step 3” award from the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program at its June 27 meeting. New Hope began participating in the program in January 2015. New Hope was recognized as a “Step 2” GreenStep City in June 2015. In order to reach “Step 3” status, a city needs to complete 16 or more Best Practices including some specific Best Practice Actions. New Hope is one of only 23 cities that has achieved the “Step 3” level. Photo is Mayor Hemken and community development assistant Jeff Alger who coordinates New Hope's GreenStep Cities effort. (more...)

Crime Alert - Home Burglaries

During the last month, the New Hope Police Department has responded to at least four home burglaries involving forced entry to an exterior door while residents were away from home. These burglaries most likely occurred during the daytime in the 8000 Block of 50th Ave N, 4900 Block of Xylon Ave N, 2700 Block of Boone Ave N, and 6000 Block of Sumter Ave N. Residents are encouraged to check all exterior doors to make sure they are secure. Installing high-security strike plates with a minimum of three, three-inch screws may help to make doors more difficult to kick in. Residents are also strongly encouraged to remove valuables, including garage door openers, from vehicles parked outside the home. Watch out for your neighbors' homes and call 911 to report suspicious activity in or around your home or a neighbor's home.

Crime Alert

Recreational fires are permitted, but regulated, in New Hope

Follow these basic rules when burning a recreational fire in New Hope

Recreational fire with marshmallows
  • Recreational fires may not be used to burn trash, yard waste or other debris.
  • All fires must be in an approved outdoor fireplace or pit.
  • Recreational fires in New Hope must be kept at least 25 feet from any structure or combustible materials.
  • Fires are not allowed if the wind exceeds 7 mph, if the DNR has burning restrictions in place, or if directed by a fire official.
  • Recreational fires must be constantly attended by the property owner or a designated adult until the fire is extinguished. A garden hose must be available within 15 feet of the fire.
  • All fires must be extinguished by 11 p.m.

For additional details visit the West Metro Fire website at

New Hope Council accepts 2015 annual financial report

The New Hope City Council formally accepted the city of New Hope 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at its May 23 meeting. Bill Lauer, from the certified public accounting firm of Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich, and Co., gave a summary review of the scope of the audit, their findings and opinions of the city’s records and financial data, and presented an overview of the city’s financial status compared to state-wide averages for cities its size. Lauer noted that the 2015 audit was “very positive.” The MMKR Powerpoint presentation, the audit reports, and the 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report are available for review in the finance section of the city of New Hope’s website,

2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Statement
2015 Auditor's Management Report
Auditor's Powerpoint Presentation

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

Yard waste site is open

Unloading Leaves at Yard Waste Site

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 14796 101st Ave. N., opens 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. New this spring – the entrance has moved to the west side of the site off Maple Grove Parkway.Visit or call 763-420-4886 for directions and details about materials accepted.

Yard Waste Site Directions and Map

City survey results are very favorable

Morris Leatherman presented a summary of the results of a recently completed city survey to the New Hope City Council at its meeting on November 9. Leatherman's opinion research firm completed a 134-question telephone survey with 400 randomly selected New Hope residents in late July and early August. The results of the survey were very favorable.

Ninty-eight percent of respondents rated the quality of life in New Hope as "excellent" or "good;" a high 92% endorsed the direction in which New Hope is headed; and 87% felt the value of city services for the tax money paid were excellent or good. Fourteen percent of respondents mentioned that "street maintenance" was the most serious issue facing the city of New Hope, while 34 percent reported there is "nothing" they see as a serious issue.

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