Published: February 11, 2020
For the past year, the League of Minnesota Cities and several member cities have taken a strong stance against attacks from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), which also goes by the name Housing First Minnesota. The attacks threaten the ability of communities to make their own decisions regarding planning for development and how best to fund infrastructure for new residential development.
BATC has compiled and distributed multiple flawed reports designed to deliberately overstate the impact of city requirements and development fees on housing costs. The misinformation contained in those reports could potentially result in legislative action that would limit local control over local planning and zoning decisions and development-related fees.
Our goal is to protect city authority to make these decisions based on locally identified needs and not let our communities be bullied into decisions that boost builders’ profits.
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To help prepare you to respond to these attacks and discuss city development fees, the League has prepared several helpful resources: