One of our biggest strengths is our amazing natural resources, with many acres of open space, park land, lake shores, and miles of wooded trails within the city . The City of Maple Grove has led on environmental sustainability initiatives in the past, and I support continuing and expanding the work.
It’s important for all our residents to feel welcome in our city. We now know more about our residents, thanks to the 2020 US Census data, which gives us insight into how Maple Grove’s population has changed. Our total population has risen above 70,000, an increase of more than 11,000 residents, or 14%, since 2010. The percentage of non-white residents has increased to almost 23%, compared to about 15% in 2010. We should celebrate and honor the uniqueness of our neighbors!
Maple Grove has expanded its residential capacity dramatically over the past 10 years, adding around 5,000 units of housing . During this period, there was a shift away from owner-occupied affordable housing toward market-rate and high-end rental units. It is easy to see the visual impact of the multistory apartment complexes that have been added throughout the city. Recently, the City of Maple Grove commissioned a housing study , finding a lack of affordable housing, especially for seniors. Residents 65 and older account for 13% of the population. Age-Friendly Maple Grove is advocating for more affordable senior housing near transportation hubs, the hospital, and retail centers, and some of these plans are underway.
We need to give our law enforcement the tools to guard the public, build trust and collaboration with the community, and return safely home each day. As someone with prior military service and immediate family in law enforcement, I understand the importance of ongoing training. MGPD trains at the North Metro Regional Public Safety Training Facility located in Maple Grove, which will soon receive a state-of-the-art upgrade to accommodate de-escalation and scenario-based training, enabled with virtual reality technology and role playing. This facility is an important asset not only to us, but also to several other agencies.