Build It Right: All Minnesota Cities for Safe, Quality Homes

Published: February 11, 2020

(Updated Feb. 2, 2021)

The League of Minnesota Cities and several member cities have taken a strong stance against actions taken by Housing First Minnesota, formerly known as the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC). Housing First’s misinformation threatens the ability of communities to make their own decisions regarding planning for development and how best to fund infrastructure for new residential development.

Housing First 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.

Cities know there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach that effectively addresses residential development needs in Minnesota cities.

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.

Build it right: All Minnesota cities for safe, quality homes

To help prepare you to respond to these attacks and discuss city development fees, the League has prepared several helpful resources: