Housing on the Hill

  • 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

  • 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… Read More

  • CCLD welcomes new director, state building official

    CCLD welcomes new director, state building official

    The Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD) of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry announced changes in its leadership as longtime state building official and CCLD director Scott McLellan retired this fall. “Scott’s work was central to much of our industry advocacy efforts,” said James Vagle, CEO of Housing First Minnesota. “While we naturally… Read More

  • Housing Affordability Institute hosts discussion on local housing action
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    Housing Affordability Institute hosts discussion on local housing action

    Housing Affordability Institute hosted a conversation on how cities are taking proactive steps on housing on Nov. 30 at Wandering Leaf Brewing Co. The event featured Richfield City Council Member Sean Hayford Oleary and Luke Hanson of Sustain Saint Paul. Council Member Hayford Oleary led from the front when Richfield implemented its modest densification policy earlier this year.… Read More

  • Regulatory costs shared at roundtable with Rep. Tom Emmer
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    Regulatory costs shared at roundtable with Rep. Tom Emmer

    Central Minnesota Builders Association (CMBA) shared concerns about regulatory burdens increasing the cost of homebuilding during a roundtable discussion with Rep. Tom Emmer. Read More

  • Transforming zoning to add housing supply 

    Transforming zoning to add housing supply 

    Q&A with St. Paul Planning Commissioner Nate Hood  Nate Hood is a dad, husband, urban planner, St. Paul Planning Commissioner, and an aspiring developer and stand-up comic. He owns and self-manages rental properties and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Q. What drew you to serve on the St. Paul Planning Commission?  NH: In 2016, I… Read More

  • Judge hears building permit profit lawsuit

    Judge hears building permit profit lawsuit

    The suit alleges millions of dollars were collected by municipalities by overcharging permits and inspection services.  Hennepin County Judge Francis Magill heard arguments in the lawsuits alleging the cities of Corcoran and Dayton overcharged for new residential building permits. The lawsuits were brought by Housing First Minnesota, publisher of Housing Industry News. The April 7… Read More

  • DFL majorities move to adopt liability shift language in labor omnibus bill

    DFL majorities move to adopt liability shift language in labor omnibus bill

    Following more than a week of closed-door negotiations between members of the Jobs, Economic Development, and Labor Conference Committee, the language of the agreement between the House and the Senate was released Friday morning and adopted by the committee that night. Energy code chaos The House version originally contained language that would have created a… Read More

  • Housing omnibus bill passed with $1 billion in new investments, metro sales tax

    Housing omnibus bill passed with $1 billion in new investments, metro sales tax

    On Sunday evening, the Housing Conference Committee rolled out the agreed-upon deal on the housing omnibus bill between the House and the Senate. The language includes a record $1 billion in investments for housing programs, a new metro area sales tax increase, and a noticeable lack of policy. Funds for housing opportunities An investment plan… Read More