• Zoning modernization initiative announced at the legislature this week

    Zoning modernization initiative announced at the legislature this week

    This week, the legislature took the first steps towards a groundbreaking, state-level modernization of Minnesota’s zoning practices. The “Minnesotans for More Homes” initiative, announced at a press conference with a bi-partisan coalition of legislators, would attempt to address the housing crisis afflicting the state by allowing the construction of more homes of all types and…

  • Bill aimed at increasing housing affordability in Minnesota introduced

    Bill aimed at increasing housing affordability in Minnesota introduced

    The “People Over Parking Act”, a bill that would eliminate minimum parking requirements for housing projects statewide, was introduced during a press conference this week. If signed into law, the language would prohibit local governments from imposing minimum parking mandates for residential, commercial and industrial properties. Senator Omar Fateh (DFL, Minneapolis) is introducing the language…

  • Influential Twin Cities developer, Kelly Doran, dies at 66

    Influential Twin Cities developer, Kelly Doran, dies at 66

    Kelly Doran, the figure behind some of the most influential and high-profile development projects in the Twin Cities, passed away on Dec. 28, 2023, at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer. His portfolio of projects ranged in scope from high-end, luxury apartments to student housing. At the time of his death, he…

  • Survey indicates local development fees generally flat for 2024

    Survey indicates local development fees generally flat for 2024

    The Central Minnesota Builders Association (CMBA) 2024 Annual Local Development Fees Survey shows most St. Cloud-area communities plan for little or no fee changes coming this year. That is good news as area communities have signaled the need and desire for more housing, particularly affordable single-family homes, and local fees are a major factor in the final cost.…

  • New partnership aimed at addressing industry workforce struggles announced

    New partnership aimed at addressing industry workforce struggles announced

    One of the greatest concerns for the residential construction industry over the last few years has been a dwindling workforce. Today, Housing First Minnesota announced a new strategic partnership with Building Talent Foundation to address this issue. Building Talent Foundation is a national nonprofit organization founded by the Leading Builders of America, with a purpose of addressing the…

  • Housing First Minnesota announces 2024 leadership

    Housing First Minnesota announces 2024 leadership

    Housing First Minnesota inducted its 2024 board chair at its annual meeting held last week at the Golden Valley Country Club. Art Pratt, president of construction operations for Pratt Homes, was elected to serve as the association’s board chair and will lead a 17-member board during his year-long term. As board chair, Pratt will help…

  • Energy code changes coming; EV requirements in multifamily

    Energy code changes coming; EV requirements in multifamily

    Since August, a technical advisory group (TAG) has been working on reviewing the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) which will be incorporated into Minnesota’s Residential Energy Code in 2026. In a letter to the TAG, Housing First Minnesota asked the group to keep housing affordability and access front of mind. “Minnesota has long been…

  • Zoning modernization heats up

    Zoning modernization heats up

    Great expectations for legislative action on housing policy reform As the Minnesota Legislature prepares for its upcoming session in mid-February, a generational opportunity lies on the horizon – the chance to redefine the state’s approach to zoning and housing policies. With polling data indicating bipartisan support and a growing coalition of supportive organizations, industry leaders…

  • Housing industry spreads holiday cheer

    Housing industry spreads holiday cheer

    As the holiday season ushers in warmth, joy, and a spirit of giving, members of the industry are committing to spreading holiday cheer by giving back to the communities they serve. Beyond the blueprints and hammers, these individuals and companies are coming together to make a difference during the busy holiday season. From builders and…

  • Sherburne County Housing Summit sparks conversation on region’s housing gap

    Sherburne County Housing Summit sparks conversation on region’s housing gap

    The momentum for housing policy reform continues to grow. At the first-ever Sherburne County Housing Summit co-hosted by Sherburne Economic Development, Treadstone Mortgage and the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 8, more than 100 housing leaders came together to discuss challenges and opportunities in housing. A series of speakers and panels throughout…