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Streets.nm: “What New Statewide Polling Teaches Us About Housing and Land Use Policy”

A recent poll from the Minneapolis-based organization Neighbors for More Neighbors — and partners Sierra Club, ISAIAH and Move Minnesota Action — highlights that housing affordability is a leading priority for Minnesotans, and that there is notable support among voters for land use and zoning reforms.

StarTribune: “State housing bills are dead; time for local leaders to step up”

Tobias Peter of the AEI Housing Center argues that lawmakers should spur housing construction by cutting red tape, including allowing individuals to build on smaller lots, reducing parking requirements or opening up commercial areas for mixed-use development.

Pioneer Press: “Apartment values plunge as Twin Cities developers face tough regulations, high interest rates”

Several industry experts agree that the rental market in Minnesota’s Twin Cities has “quieted” in recent years. Notably, new housing construction permits, including those for mother-in-law units and additions to public housing, have dropped from 1,638 in 2021 to 1,130 in 2023.

Pioneer Press: “Rent control, tenants’ rights included on priority list for new St. Paul City Council”

In Saint Paul, new city council members talk housing.

Pew Trusts: “Minneapolis Land Use Reforms Offer a Blueprint for Housing Affordability”

Minneapolis is proof that abundant housing is the best rent control.

Axios Twin Cities: “How Mayor Frey fought rent control concerns behind the scenes”

As the Minneapolis City Council debated whether to advance a rent control ordinance, the city’s Mayor, Jacob Frey, worked behind the scenes to reassure housing providers.

Twin Cities Business: Rent Control Continues to Chill Development in St. Paul

The ramifications of rent control are continuing to be felt in St. Paul as the planned construction of 2,000 market-rate units remains on hold. The developer stated that the pause results from an inability to find financing after St. Paul voters passed a rent control ballot measure in 2021. The project, which was planned years … Continued

Building permits drop by nearly 50% in one year after St. Paul adopts rent control

We know that rent control laws lead to a reduction in the available supply of rental housing in a community, and that is just one of the reasons we warned against adopting these unhelpful policies in St. Paul, Minnesota. Now we are seeing the impact of rent control policies on construction as well.

Local Housing Market in Turmoil After St. Paul Rent Control Vote

In many geographies where artificial caps on rent exist, housing underdevelopment has resulted. Given its failed history, it comes as no surprise that the passage of rent control in St. Paul yielded immediate negative consequences.

Developers Pause St. Paul Projects After Rent Control Vote

Katie Galioto and Shannon Prather with the Star Tribune report on the fallout resulting from St. Paul’s new rent control policy.

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