On Tuesday, April 5, Housing First Minnesota Executive Director David Siegel sent the Dayton Planning Commission and Dayton City Council a letter opposing a proposed growth management ordinance.
In his letter, Siegel said:
“The arbitrary caps on the number of homes per project, and a cap on the total number of new homes in the city annually, run counter to the consensus analysis from housing experts and economists who have unanimously concluded that we need a surge of homes across Minnesota for the next decade-plus. The City already has a Comprehensive Plan that provides for the needed infrastructure necessary to accommodate growth in Dayton. The City should follow its plan and make adjustments, as necessary, to accommodate growth. The proposal not only harms Minnesota’s housing market, it also impacts existing property owners in Dayton whose land is available to meet the desperate shortage of homes in Minnesota.
“Notwithstanding the constitutional questions prompted by the proposal, advancing this measure at this time is truly unconscionable.”
Members with questions about this topic should contact Nick Erickson, director of research and regulatory affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicholas Erickson, director of research and regulatory affairs, 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