A bi-partisan bill that would require two-thirds vote and a 10-day notice for the imposition of an interim ordinance (moratorium) related to housing, was introduced in both bodies of the Minnesota Legislature on Thursday. Currently, cities impose moratoria without any required notice to property owners and can do so with a simple majority. A handful of cities have imposed housing moratoria in the past few years, and it has had a chilling effect on the micro-housing markets in each instance. BATC supports the efforts outlined in the bill as they help create a regulatory environment that produces safe, durable homes at a price families can afford.
As a piece of the upcoming 2017 Minnesota Homeownership Initiative, this legislation will improve transparency and efficiency in government decision-making. House File 330, authored by Representative Jim Nash (R-Waconia), and Senate File 201, authored by Senator Dan Hall (R-Burnsville), are now referred to their respective Government Operations Committees.
The formal introduction of the Minnesota Homeownership Initiative, a partnership between BATC and the Minnesota REALTORS, will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay up-to-date with the issues and bills to watch.