Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requested public comment in
November 2019 for recommendations to the Department concerning regulations that
may unnecessarily impede the ability for the market to provide a healthy supply
of new homes.
“Owning a home
is an essential component of the American Dream. It is imperative that we
remove regulatory barriers that prevent that dream from becoming a reality,”
said HUD Secretary Ben Carson, who chairs the White House Council on
Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing, established under
Executive Order 13878 signed by President Trump.
Minnesota responded with written comment regarding Minnesota’s housing
affordability and availability challenges and highlighted the regulatory
barriers the organization believes the Council should research.
Minnesota has the highest new housing costs in the Midwest and the worst
housing inventory in the nation. The state’s racial equity gap is one of the
highest in the nation.
comments, Housing First Minnesota highlighted single-source water permitting, a
true performance path energy code and direct state adoption of the EPA’s Lead
Paint Rule as areas the Council should investigate.
areas where the Federal Government can directly intervene, Housing First
Minnesota highlighted other topics for consideration, including zoning and land
use, impact fees and the importance of approval timing in states like
affordability problems in the United States are complex and there is no single
solution. There is unprecedented consensus across the nation to reduce
regulatory costs of housing.
Housing First Minnesota commended the Administration for its commitment to making housing more affordable for all Americans.