Housing on the Hill

  • Housing issues discussed at the Capitol

    Housing issues discussed at the Capitol

    What bills did and didn’t pass the Minnesota Legislature this year? The Minnesota Legislature concluded its session on May 19 in a flurry of activity as lawmakers hurried to meet the deadline. In the final hours, Democrats assembled a 1,400-page bill to push through some of their key priorities, prompting strong objections from Republicans. Here… Read More

  • Building permit lawsuits appealed to Minnesota Supreme Court

    Building permit lawsuits appealed to Minnesota Supreme Court

    The Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a split decision in March in the legal challenge over building permit fees in two fast-growing communities, remanding the case to the Hennepin County District Court, but an appeal from homebuilders may send the case to the Minnesota Supreme Court.  In the consolidated matters of Housing First Minnesota vs.… Read More

  • Legislature shelves housing bills

    Legislature shelves housing bills

    Despite support from a diverse coalition, legislation was unable to get across the line. The “Minnesotans for More Homes Initiative” was unveiled in February with the support of a bipartisan group of legislators and more than two dozen organizations, with the goal of expanding housing choices while encouraging more environmentally efficient, affordable and attainable housing… Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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