As we move through the second quarter of 2019, it’s becoming clear that a new era in housing policy is upon us. Nationally, major institutions like Freddie Mac, HUD and the Brookings Institute are leading a conversation that highlights affordability, restrictive zoning and housing supply as mainstream policy priorities for all levels of government to address. States like California are battling the housing crises with legal actions forcing local governments to adjust their rules. Furthermore, California’s legislature is debating a major legislative initiative that would upend elements of local zoning control.
Here in Minnesota, the Legislature took a major step forward with the creation of the Legislative Commission on Housing Affordability. Additionally, the Minnesota Senate created the Select Committee on Homeownership Affordability and Availability.
This constellation of movements in the housing policy space is more than a consensus that a problem exists; it’s the clearest indication yet that our state is entering a new era in housing policy.Read More