Tag: Zoning

  • 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

  • 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

  • St. Paul Planning Commission approves zoning reform proposal

    St. Paul Planning Commission approves zoning reform proposal

    St. Paul’s Planning Commission approved the city’s Phase II zoning amendment, which would allow up to four-unit housing projects in areas of the city zoned for single-family housing.  Luis Pereira, planning director for the city of St. Paul, said the proposal is about increasing housing inventory in the city. He also noted the proposal does… 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 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

  • How zoning broke the American city

    How zoning broke the American city

    Q & A with M. Nolan Gray, researcher, planner and Mercatus Center-affiliated scholar This is an edited excerpt from the let’s Talk Housing podcast interview with M. Nolan Gray Q: Let’s start with a little background information. How did you get into city planning and what drew you to focus on poor zoning policy and… Read More

  • City of Plymouth proposes new inclusionary zoning policy

    City of Plymouth proposes new inclusionary zoning policy

    The city of Plymouth unveiled the final draft of its moderate-income housing policy, which aims to increase the production of housing units in the city available to residents making less than the area median income. Under the proposal, all types of new housing receiving financial assistance from the city would need to reserve 10% to… Read More

  • Senate takes first step toward addressing exclusionary zoning

    Senate takes first step toward addressing exclusionary zoning

    As the Minnesota Legislature convenes for its 2022 session, legislators find Minnesota’s housing market facing historic headwinds. The inventory of available homes is consistently at or among the worst in the United States, the homeownership equity gap measures the worst in the country and new-home housing affordability in our state is the worst in the… Read More