The Bloomington City Council took up its zoning modernization proposal on March 20 which mirrors many of the reforms Housing First Minnesota has been advocating for at the state level for the past few years.
The proposal includes reducing parking requirements, decreasing setbacks, allowing for smaller lot sizes and lifting of regulatory barriers to new starter homes.
Nick Erickson, senior director of housing policy for Housing First Minnesota attended the hearing to offer the association’s support for zoning modernization and submitted a letter in support of the proposal.
Bloomington delayed a decision to act on the proposal. The nearby cities of Richfield and Minneapolis have both enacted zoning modernization recently.