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.Read More
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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released the final 2018 Construction Stormwater Permit on July 25, 2018. The 2018 Permit, which goes into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, includes changes requested by Housing First Minnesota.Read More
The Minnesota Association of Radon Professionals and Standard Water Control Company, a radon mitigation firm, have filed suit against the Minnesota Department of Health over the Department’s proposed radon licensing rules, created under the Minnesota Radon Licensing Act of 2015.Read More
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.Read More
Following a historic 2017 session for housing, Housing First Minnesota entered the 2018 session poised to continue the housing affordability discussion in St. Paul.
Housing First Minnesota worked throughout the session to defend the industry against harmful proposed legislation and proposed two initiatives that would positively impact
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!”
Inventory of all homes for sale in the U.S. is at a 20-year low. Economists have been calling for new home construction to help make up the shortfall in the market. Yet, the months of new home inventory in Minnesota continues to drop, falling another 2.1 percent in May.Read More
If you don’t like political ads, you may not want to get your mail or watch television for the next five months. That’s because no matter where you live in Minnesota, you are likely in a competitive district.
Between two U.S. Senate seats, eight U.S. House seats, the Governor’s mansion, all Minnesota constitutional offices, the entirety of the Minnesota House and a special election to decide the majority of the Minnesota Senate, voters will have a lengthy ballot this November.
It is set to be one of the most intense election seasons we’ve ever seen. Here’s a breakdown of our 2018 elections by the numbers.Read More
Project Build Minnesota, the collaborative construction industry association effort to address the industry’s workforce challenge, has several key elements to the initiative.
First, Project Build has an aggressive outreach program to reach students, parents, faculty and educators through a speakers bureau and exhibiting at conferences and events. If you are willing to join the speakers bureau, contact Project Build Minnesota Executive Director Dennis Medo at email@example.com.
Second, Project Build is engaged in a multi-year, multi-channel marketing campaign to make all of those key audiences identified above aware of the great career opportunities and the career path in our industry. The more resources it has, the broader Project Build can drive its marketing campaign.Read More