Harvey Lindstrom: “Citizen Planner” Award Winner
Pine City resident Harvey Lindstrom recently received the City’s second-ever “Citizen Planner” award at the second-annual planning open house last week. The open house, Oct. 22, was held in conjunction with the American Planning Association’s “National Planning Month”.
Lindstrom was honored by Mayor Jane Robbins for his strong commitment to planning for the city of Pine City’s future. His contributions to planning stemmed back to 1985 when he was first hired by Pine City and lasted through his involvement in the creation of the city’s present comprehensive plan, adopted in 1998; as well as contributions to and recommendations for the Municipal Development Ordinance, adopted in 2006. He has long been an advocate for good planning and upholding the integrity of the City’s plans and ordinances.
Lindstrom has shown great leadership in working with the Planning Commission over the years. He had shown great concern about following the ordinance, much of which was memorized, and he found workable solutions with developers for meeting the City’s standards. Lindstrom is seen as extremely knowledgeable in the realm of zoning.
Many know Lindstrom from his active involvement throughout the community, volunteering his time to important projects and events. Some of the projects have benefited residential neighborhoods, with park creation and rainwater garden plantings, and will have a lasting impact for years to come.
Lindstrom worked for Pine City from December, 1985 through December 1988, and again from June, 1995 through March, 2007, when he retired. During his tenure, he attended dozens of planning commission meetings, working well beyond the scope of building, as “acting planner” before the City had one on staff. Since his retirement, he has worked to maintain the City’s cemeteries and has continued in his volunteerism spirit.