Environmental & Economic Development Department

Mission Statement

To protect public health, safety and welfare by ensuring that land use and buildings meet applicable city codes, regional goals and state and Federal laws.  The department will guide future growth and construction in the city that enhances economic development while conserving natural resources in accordance with the goals and policies of the Maplewood Comprehensive Plan.

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2017 Objectives

  • Expand economic development efforts through pro-active actions that stimulate housing and non-residential development, including redevelopment of strategic areas of the City. 
  • Protect public’s health and improve the quality of life of the citizens of Maplewood through the prevention of disease, education, outreach and inspections.
  • Carry out the long-range planning vision for the community’s future as described in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and the City Council’s goals.
  • Educate contractors, design professionals and the public through pre-development meetings, literature, city website, and the permit process.
  • Educate city staff and the community in developing a sustainable “green building practices and methods”, including the promotion and implementation through incentives of green construction and the Maplewood Green Building Program.
  • Promote high quality building and site design by recommending and requiring enhanced amenities during city development and building reviews.
  • Provide leadership by serving as the staff liaisons and technical experts for four of the city’s citizen advisory boards and commissions.
  • Provide technical expertise and regional leadership on issues related to municipal environmental practices and critical environmental issues that influence the city.
  • Promote and manage the single-hauler solid waste and recycling programs to ensure compliance with regional and state rules and regulations.

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  1. DuWayne Konewko

    Environmental & Economic Development Director
    Phone: (651) 249-2330

    DuWayne (Dewey) Konewko became the Director of Maplewood’s Environmental & Economic Development Department in 2016. Mr. Konewko has also served as the Parks and Recreation Director and Deputy Public Works Director since coming to the City of Maplewood in 2002. DuWayne is responsible for the City’s building inspection, code enforcement, economic development, environmental & natural resources, health, housing and planning. 

    DuWayne has a strong commitment, working directly with his staff, to cultivate a rich diverse community experience in each of these program areas. DuWayne also works with area business associations and non-profit organizations. Mr. Konewko has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

  2. Michael Martin, AICP

    Economic Development Coordinator
    Phone: (651) 249-2303
    Michael Martin is the Economic Development Coordinator for the city of Maplewood and the staff liaison for the city's Planning Commission, Housing and Economic Development Commission and Community Design Review Board.  Mr. Martin has a masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  He is a certified Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners.