Impact Fees Stuck Down by Supreme Court

Impact Fees Stuck Down by Supreme Court

Harstad v. Woodbury: A Landmark Victory For Housing Affordability, Industry

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that is a major victory for the housing industry and housing affordability. In its much-awaited decision in the Harstad v. Woodbury case, on Aug. 15 the Court upheld 20 years of legal precedent, saying cities have limited authority to tax new housing developments.

In the Court’s ruling, Justice G. Barry Anderson wrote: “Put another way, the pearl of great price here is approval of the subdivision agreement. A developer who fails to make a ‘voluntary’ payment in an amount Woodbury finds acceptable faces the prospect of denial of the subdivision application. The infrastructure charge is thus a requirement and Harstad is correct that there is nothing voluntary about it.”

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Housing First Minnesota PAC Endorses 49 Legislative Candidates

Housing First Minnesota PAC Endorses 49 Legislative Candidates

The Housing First Minnesota’s Political Action Committee (PAC) is proud to endorse a record forty-nine candidates for election and re-election to the Minnesota legislature. Housing First Minnesota’s PAC endorsement reflects each candidate’s commitment to a vibrant housing market that ties together the communities of our great state.

These candidates represent growth in the Housing Caucus, which is comprised of legislative leaders who are committed to our goal of building safe, smart and durable homes at a price that Minnesotans can afford. The Housing First Minnesota PAC endorsement process utilized a candidate questionnaire, analysis of a candidate’s voting record, personal interviews for first-time candidates and proven demonstration for Housing First Minnesota’s policy platform. We look forward to working with these housing champions in the 2019 legislative session.

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Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling A Landmark Victory For Housing Industry

Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling A Landmark Victory For Housing Industry

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that a major victory for the housing industry and housing affordability. In its much-awaited decision in the Harstad v. Woodbury case on Wednesday, Aug. 15, the Court upheld 20 years of legal precedent, sayings cities have limited authority to tax new housing developments.

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Housing First Minnesota Leads In Providing Industry Input On Building Code Report

Housing First Minnesota Leads In Providing Industry Input On Building Code Report

Following the June 26 meeting of the Construction Codes Advisory Council (CCAC), the Department of Labor & Industry released a report that included comments and concerns made voiced by the CCAC members regarding the initial technical review of model code changes earlier this year. The report also included comments submitted by organizations following the release of the Technical Advisory Group Reports in mid-May.

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Rep. Bob Vogel Discusses Housing Regulation Reform

Rep. Bob Vogel Discusses Housing Regulation Reform

Q: Minnesota is experiencing a housing affordability crisis. Why did you author HF3044 to help address the regulatory burdens facing homebuyers?

Rep. Vogel: I realize there are many factors driving the cost increases, and although regulations at the state level are only part of those drivers, they play a significant part. The bill introduced this year was revised from the previous one HF1001, because there was so much pushback by state regulatory agencies saying the legislature should not have a major part with writing regulations and rules.


With the hope of overcoming those objections HF 3044 put more emphasis on breaking down silos between agencies by using an overall net effect of cost increase, and then only notifying the legislature of changes if they were over a the threshold. The hope was by addressing some of the previous year’s concerns the governor would then be able to support the bill. Unfortunately, the agencies still opposed the changes so the effort to build partnerships between agencies to better control costs and get them working together more closely needs to continue.

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Second Home for MACV Underway

The BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation along with build partner Lennar kicked off the construction of a home to be donated to Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) with a special groundbreaking in April. Organization leaders and elected officials joined together to celebrate the construction of the new home in Maplewood, the second the Foundation is building for MACV.

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Four Apartments in Four Days for Avivo

Four Avivo residents came home to brand new apartments in May thanks to the BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation, HomeAid Twin Cities and build partner Soderberg Apartment Specialists.

“We thought we would potentially help Avivo renovate these units next year, but then Soderberg Apartment Specialists stepped up and said they could get it done in just four days,” said Bob Bennett, BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation manager. “We are thrilled that we will be able to do this for the residents that are living in these units.”

Avivo is the only program in Minnesota that houses women and their children while they go through treatment.

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Building Industry Gives Big at Hearts in Housing Gala

Building Industry Gives Big at Hearts in Housing Gala

The BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation held its 2018 Hearts in Housing Gala at the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America on April 21. In its third year, the Gala continued to grow with more than 550 attendees showing up to support the work of the Foundation. Attendees embraced the Derby theme and showed how much this industry cares about giving back to our communities.

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Housing News at a Glance

Housing News at a Glance

More High Ends Homes for the East Metro

The east metro is looking to grab a bigger share of the luxury home market. Until now a majority of the multimillion-dollar homes sales were found in the west metro. That could soon change.

With the opening of the Royal Golf Club in the redeveloped version of the former Tartan Park, the construction of dozens of multimillion dollar homes along the fairway has begun. With that comes a 292- lot companion development where homes start at about $700,000. Six custom builders began taking reservations from clients in 2017 and have sold about 80 percent of the first 73 lots available for fullsize single-family homes and villas, the latter smaller homes designed for empty nesters. Builders held a launch party for phase two earlier this month.

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Builders and Remodelers Show (BRS) Brings the Industry Together

Builders and Remodelers Show (BRS) Brings the Industry Together

This year’s Builders and Remodelers Show (BRS) at the Minneapolis Convention Center featured an updated floor plan and an all new interactive website. More than 725 attendees came to see the latest products and services from 217 exhibitors.

“There’s really good energy. Everyone’s really excited about the industry,” said Lynn Dale, a BRS exhibitor and Minnesota Tile & Stone’s marketing and merchandising manager. “The builders are busy, so that makes us happy!”

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