Bill aimed at increasing housing affordability in Minnesota introduced

Senator Omar Fateh (DFL, Minneapolis) is introducing the language with support from outside groups.

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 with support from outside groups including Housing First Minnesota, Sierra Club, the Minnesota Housing Partnership, and more.

“Parking mandates are among the most exclusionary land-use tactics in housing, and a policy which increases housing costs in Minnesota,” said James Vagle, CEO of Housing First Minnesota. “Allowing property owners to choose their parking needs is one of many meaningful zoning and land-use reforms that we hope the legislature tackles this session.”

In many growing cities there can be requirements to build three-car garages. Under the language of this bill, it would be up to homeowners to choose how many garage stalls they would like. This flexibility has the potential to save up to $40,000 per house, according to speakers at the press conference who spoke in support of the bill.