On June 21, the Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the Harstad v. Woodbury case, which could have a major impact on the fees cities charge developers for road improvement.
Last year, Twin Cities developer Martin Harstad sued the City of Woodbury, arguing Woodbury’s Major Roadway Assessment (MRA) fee is illegal. A district court agreed with Harstad, saying there was no statutory authority for Woodbury’s MRA, which is used to fund transit improvements outside signed development agreements.
In March, BATC, along with Rochester-area developer Frank Kottscade and the National Association of Home Builders, filed an amici curiae brief in support of Harstad.
A decision from the Court of Appeals is expected by this fall.
Nicholas Erickson, regulatory affairs manager, serves as Housing First Minnesota's point of contact for the housing industry's regulatory agencies and local government entities. He also leads the Housing Affordability Institute's research programs. Follow Nicholas on Twitter: @nserickson