At its January 20 meeting, the Minnesota Construction Codes Advisory Council (CCAC) accepted a report from the Building Code Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The TAG was formed last year to review legislation aimed at tackling the state’s housing challenges.
The TAG reviewed a bill from Sen. Mark Koran (R-North Branch) related to municipal reporting of development and permit revenue and the bipartisan housing affordability reform legislation from Sen. Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake) and Rep. Steve Elkins (DFL).
Nick Erickson, Housing First Minnesota’s director of research and regulatory affairs, was appointed to the TAG.
Before the CCAC meeting, Housing First Minnesota Executive Director David Siegel sent a letter to CCAC stating, “Across the nation, state legislatures, including our own, are looking at ways to increase housing access and affordability by breaking down the barriers to desperately-needed new housing construction.”
In addition to the CCAC meeting, Housing First Minnesota staff met with senior DLI staff along with Commissioner Roslyn Robertson on Friday, January 21, and discussed the housing affordability-focused bills coming before the legislature this session.