City Government

Advisory Boards, Commissions & Task Forces

Members of boards, commissions and task forces are volunteer residents who provide advice to the City Council on a variety of issues.  City boards, commissions and task forces are: Charter, Community Outreach, Employee Review, Environmental Quality, Parks & Recreation, Planning, West Metro Fire, Bassett Creek Watershed Management and Shingle Creek Watershed Management.

Budget

The City Council adopts an annual budget after thorough planning and review. Before adopting a budget, the City Council holds work sessions as well as a formal public hearing on the proposed budget, also known as the Truth-in-Taxation Hearing. The hearing is usually held in December. The date of the public hearing is publicized in the legal section of the Sun Post in November.

City Charter

Crystal is classified under Minnesota law as a home-rule charter city, which receives its enabling authority through the adoption of a city charter.  The Crystal City Charter is the city's constitution, which provides for the type of government and outlines functions, structure, and procedures of city government.  Crystal became a charter city in 1960.  An on-line version of this guiding document can be found in this section.

City Code

The City Code is a codification of the ordinances of the City of Crystal, Minnesota, pursuant to authority granted to it by Minnesota Statutes and the Crystal City Charter. An on-line version is available here as a convenience. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the material published online, the official edition of the City Code is maintained by the City Clerk.  Note that the City Council may have made amendments, additions or deletions to the City Code subsequent to the latest online version.  

City Council

The Mayor and City Council are the legislative and policy making body for Crystal City Government. The mayor is the presiding officer of the council, but in all other ways, the mayor and council members have the same authority and responsibilities.  This section provides information about each member as well as meeting agendas and minutes.

City Hall Information

General office information about City Hall is found in this section.

Economic Development Authority (EDA)

The EDA is a separate public body and political subdivision of the state, which all seven City council members serve as members.  This section provides meeting agendas and minutes.

Elections

The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for election administration in Crystal. Municipal elections are held in even-numbered years.  This section includes details relating to elections and voting.

Zoning Code

Zoning Code’s purpose is to preserve and protect the public health and safety by regulating the uses of property, building size, and the amount of vacant space on lots in each district. An on-line version is available here as a convenience. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the material published online, the official edition of the Zoning Code is maintained by the City Clerk.  Note that the City Council may have made amendments, additions or deletions to the City Zoning Code subsequent to the latest online version.