News publications across the country have affirmed the existence of a near-crisis in providing affordable housing options for first-time homebuyers and low-income housing consumers. Mayoral elections in Minneapolis and St. Paul emphasized the need to address this problem. There are numerous private for-profit and nonprofit housing developers who would love to serve this market; indeed

Recently the Minnesota Supreme Court invalidated a municipality’s use of an unauthorized transportation fee to fund projects that are not directly tied to a specific project. It also invalidated a city’s use of a development contract to “negotiate” such an illegal fee into the contract. Minnesota cities have long contended that development contracts are bona

With the advent of driverless cars, young people are already lamenting the loss of freedom to hit the open road. Seemingly every major car company and every major technology company is racing to be on top of this promising new technology, referred to by many as “AV” or autonomous vehicles.

What does AV mean for

For more than 30 years, a property owner who claimed that a regulatory action by the government amounted to a compensable taking under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been required to litigate the issue in state court first, before being allowed to gain entry to federal court. The 1985 case of Williamson

After almost a year delay, the Metropolitan Council today opened bids for the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) project that appear to save $100-$200 million compared to bids rejected a year ago as “nonresponsive.” The price tag for the 14.5-mile line linking downtown Minneapolis with Eden Prairie is $1.9 billion, which includes planning, design, environmental

In the realm of local land use there are few development proposals that have the tendency to evoke neighborhood resistance than a new group home. The response is particularly vehement when the home is intended to serve those with chemical dependency and especially controversial in a low-density neighborhood. While most people acknowledge a need for

An obscure provision of the House tax bill (H.R. 1, Section 3601) threatens to end a financing tool that has been used by local governments for years to fund critical infrastructure such as airports, seaports, hospitals, educational facilities, affordable housing and tollways, to name a few. Private activity bonds, as they are called, are tax-exempt