Property owners in the path of light rail and bus rapid transit projects are now eligible to receive the full protection of the state’s eminent domain laws, thanks to legislation passed in 2017 by the State Legislature.

Before passage of this legislation, the Metropolitan Council (Met Council) had been taking the position that it was a…

Depending on your politics, you may regard transit investment and transit-oriented development (TOD) as “government boondoggle” or “essential building blocks” for livable communities. Setting aside politics for a moment, let’s look at what TOD is and what it can do for a developing community or region.

At its core, TOD is urban development that harnesses public…

Ownership of real property is a protected constitutional right. Yet when a local government enacts a development moratorium depriving a landowner of the use of their land for potentially a year or more, the response from public officials is often deafening silence. To make matters worse, cities, counties and townships can enact development moratoria with…

As new housing options and a variety of transit oriented developments pop up throughout the Twin Cities, many communities are struggling to balance their desire for walkable neighborhoods and easy access to amenities with the increased density and population growth that usually comes as part of such development. A primary example of that back-and-forth struggle…