League Urges Cities to Pass Resolution Supporting Infrastructure Accountability

February 18, 2020

The League’s sample resolution supports legislation that would provide statutory clarity for cities and developers on the collection of infrastructure development fees for residential development.

Note: There is updated information on this topic. Read the latest article.

The League is urging city councils to adopt a resolution providing clarity after the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision in Harstad v. City of Woodbury, where the court found there was no existing statutory authority to collect fees for future infrastructure improvements when approving residential development.

—View the League’s sample resolution (doc)

The League’s sample resolution supports legislation that would authorize cities to collect infrastructure development fees to fund municipal street improvements as a necessary component of growth.

—View the Infrastructure Fee Fact Sheet (pdf)

Please act before March 20

Growing cities have tried to address infrastructure needs resulting from residential development after the Harstad decision. Unfortunately, these efforts have been met with litigation.

The Legislature needs to act. The League urges your city to pass this or a substantially similar resolution and to convey your support to your legislators.

Resolutions passed between now and the first legislative deadline — March 20 — will be particularly helpful to the League’s advocacy efforts on infrastructure accountability.

Send your resolution to state leaders and LMC

To maximize the impact of your resolution, please send copies of your adopted council resolution to:

  • Gov. Tim Walz: Office of the Governor, 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155
  • Your legislators
  • Ted Bengtson: Intergovernmental Relations Administrative Coordinator, League of Minnesota Cities, 145 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55103; tbengtson@lmc.org.

Updated March 2 to reflect new committee deadlines.