What an end to the summer! In a period of just a few weeks in August, a landmark Minnesota Supreme Court decision was issued and Governor Dayton’s Task Force on Housing issued its final report. These were big steps forward — both of which will positively impact growing the housing conversation.
In Harstad v. Woodbury, the practice of requiring unauthorized and unrelated conditions development contracts and calling them ‘voluntary agreements’ was struck down by the high court. The court’s clear ruling on this practice is a major victory for homeowners. Development does, must, and will continue to pay its own way by building out infrastructure to support development projects. But the all-too-common practice of requiring additional fees and requirements on top of these has now been ruled illegal. Look for full coverage of the Harstad case throughout this issue.Read More