Author: Kristen Ober

  • The final sprint at the Capitol

    The final sprint at the Capitol

    The legislature has just weeks remaining before they are constitutionally required to adjourn for the year. Plenty of work remains. Read More

  • Minnesota homebuilders continue to lead the nation in energy efficiency

    Minnesota homebuilders continue to lead the nation in energy efficiency

    According to Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), Minnesota has one of the lowest average Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Scores of all states that energy tested more than 4,000 homes in 2023. The lower the HERS Index Score, the more energy-efficient the home is. According to RESNET, Minnesota tested 7,727 homes in 2023 and… Read More

  • U.S. Supreme Court Hands Down Ruling on Impact Fee Case
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    U.S. Supreme Court Hands Down Ruling on Impact Fee Case

    In 2016, property owner George Sheetz bought a parcel of land where he hoped to place a manufactured home. Before Sheetz could get a building permit, the County conditioned approval of the permit on the payment of a $23,000 traffic impact fee. Sheetz sued, arguing the imposition of the fee sidestepped the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment… Read More

  • Housing Industry Gathers to Advocate for Homeownership Opportunities

    Last week, nearly 100 Housing First Minnesota and Central Minnesota Builders Association members gathered in St. Paul to discuss the housing market and the obstacles the industry faces before they descended upon the Capitol to share those issues with their legislators. The event kicked off with a program featuring remarks from leadership from Housing First Minnesota and… Read More

  • The Industry Toasts to Women in Construction

    The Industry Toasts to Women in Construction

    To celebrate Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day, the Parade of Homes and WINC hosted a champagne toast at two magnificent homes on the Spring Parade of Homes. The aim was to bring women in the housing industry together to recognize their impact, celebrate their accomplishments, and highlight opportunities available to women in construction. Attendees enjoyed drinks… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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.… Read More

  • 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… Read More