Housing on the Hill

  • House passes housing omnibus bill, punts on zoning modernization

    House passes housing omnibus bill, punts on zoning modernization

    The legislature is spending the final weeks of the 2023 legislative session consumed with debate on various finance and policy omnibus bills. On Wednesday night, the House of Representatives heard the housing omnibus bill, HF 2335 (Howard). The bill would appropriate $1.07 billion over the 2024-25 biennium to housing-related programs. Amendments regarding zoning heard During… Read More

  • Mid-session legislative round-up on housing

    Mid-session legislative round-up on housing

    In March, DFL leaders from the House and Senate introduced its ‘All Roads Lead Back to Home‘ plan, a series of proposals aimed at addressing homelessness, investments in development infrastructure, and various rental support programs. Several stand-alone bills are moving on several issues relating to housing regulatory and workforce policies. In many other states, lifting… Read More

  • Improving efficiencies and enhancing services at DLI

    Improving efficiencies and enhancing services at DLI

    Q & A with DLI Commissioner Nicole Blissenbach Q: The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) plays a key role in the housing industry. What are your top priorities as commissioner of DLI? NB: DLI continues to seek ways to improve our efficiencies and services to stakeholders. This legislative session, our agency has several licensing… Read More

  • Zoning modernization takes first steps at Capitol

    Zoning modernization takes first steps at Capitol

    As the legislature moves into its third month of the 2023 session, Minnesota’s crisis-level housing supply challenge took its first step forward. Rep. Steve Elkins (DFL-Bloomington) authored HF 2235, a zoning modernization bill, calling it the ‘Legalize Affordable Housing Act’. The measure cleared its first hurdle, passing out of the House of Representatives Housing Committee.… Read More

  • Bill proposing ban on single-family rental construction garners national attention

    Bill proposing ban on single-family rental construction garners national attention

    As with any legislative session, a wide variety of issues are being discussed and debated. Among these are many housing-related issues. Recently, a bill to ban the construction of single-family for rent homes by corporations, has stood out as housing leaders look to address the state’s housing supply crisis. And now, this proposal has caught… Read More

  • Bill on Zoning Changes Heard at the Legislature

    Bill on Zoning Changes Heard at the Legislature

    The leading zoning reform bill at the legislature, HF 2235 (Elkins), was heard in the Minnesota House Housing Committee on earlier this week. Among many things, the bill includes provisions that would: Nick Erickson, senior director of housing policy for Housing First Minnesota, was a testifier at the hearing and explained the significance of this… Read More

  • Minnesota Democrats unveil $3 billion housing plan

    Minnesota Democrats unveil $3 billion housing plan

    At a press conference this week, DFL members of the legislature introduced what they are calling a “transformational” and “bold” approach to solving the state’s housing crisis. Members from both the Senate and House unveiled “All Roads Lead Back to Home“, a proposal to spend $3 billion on new programs and funding to address child… Read More

  • Energy Code Chaos at the Legislature
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    Energy Code Chaos at the Legislature

    A bill that has potential to create chaos in the energy code process was heard in a house committee for the second time on Tuesday. HF 772 (Rep. Kraft, St. Louis Park), originally was drafted to modify the adoption process for the energy code for new commercial buildings. But, author amendments that have since been… Read More

  • Bill limiting certain single-family rental investments debated at legislature

    Bill limiting certain single-family rental investments debated at legislature

    On Tuesday, House File 685, a bill that prohibits certain corporations, real estate developers and residential building contractors from purchasing single-family homes to rent, was heard in the Housing Finance and Policy Committee. Representative Esther Agbaje (DFL, Minneapolis), the author of the bill, cited the language as a proposal in an effort to allow more… Read More

  • Housing and homeownership challenges await Legislature

    Housing and homeownership challenges await Legislature

     As the newly elected Minnesota Legislature begins its two-year session in January, a host of housing market challenges lie before them.  Uncertain economic conditions and the ongoing ripple effects of the past three years have exacerbated the persistent supply and affordability challenges impacting the housing market. Without enough homes to meet demand, pressure is dispersed… Read More