as introduced - 82nd Legislature (2001 - 2002) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to metropolitan government; making changes to 1.3 the livable community provisions; amending Minnesota 1.4 Statutes 2000, sections 473.253, subdivision 2; 1.5 473.254, subdivisions 1, 6; 473.255, subdivisions 1, 4. 1.6 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.7 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 473.253, 1.8 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 1.9 Subd. 2. [DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS.] The council shall use 1.10 the funds in the livable communities demonstration account to 1.11 make grants or loans to municipalities participating in the 1.12 local housing incentives program under section 473.254 or to 1.13 metropolitan area counties or development authorities to fund 1.14 the initiatives specified in section 473.25, paragraph (b), in 1.15 participating municipalities. A grant to a metropolitan county 1.16 or a development authority must be used for a project in a 1.17 participating municipality. For the purpose of this section, 1.18 "development authority" means a statutory or home rule charter 1.19 city, housing and redevelopment authority, economic development 1.20 authority, or port authority. 1.21 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 473.254, 1.22 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 1.23 Subdivision 1. [PARTICIPATION.] (a)
By November 15 of each1.24 year,A municipality may elect to participate in the local 1.25 housing incentive account program. If a municipality does not2.1 elect to participate for the year, it is not subject to this2.2 section.If the election to participate occurs by November 15 2.3 of any year, it is effective commencing the next calendar year; 2.4 otherwise it is effective commencing the next succeeding 2.5 calendar year. An election to participate in the program is 2.6 effective until revoked according to paragraph (b). A 2.7 municipality is subject to this section only in those calendar 2.8 years for which its election to participate in the program is 2.9 effective. For purposes of this section, municipality means a 2.10 municipality electing to participate in the local housing 2.11 incentive account program for the calendar year in question, 2.12 unless the context indicates otherwise. 2.13 (b) A municipality may revoke its election to participate 2.14 in the local housing incentive account program. If the 2.15 revocation occurs by November 15 of any year, it is effective 2.16 commencing the next calendar year; otherwise it is effective 2.17 commencing the next succeeding calendar year. After revoking 2.18 its election to participate in the program, a municipality may 2.19 again elect to participate in the program according to paragraph 2.20 (a). 2.21 (c) A municipality that elects to participate may receive 2.22 grants or loans from the tax base revitalization account, 2.23 livable communities demonstration account, or the local housing 2.24 incentive account. A municipality that does not participate is 2.25 not eligible to receive a grant under sections 116J.551 to 2.26 116J.557. The council, when making discretionary funding 2.27 decisions, shall give consideration to a municipality's 2.28 participation in the local housing incentives program. 2.29 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 473.254, 2.30 subdivision 6, is amended to read: 2.31 Subd. 6. [DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS.] The funds in the account 2.32 must be distributed annually by the council to municipalities 2.33 that: 2.34 (1) have not met their affordable and life-cycle housing 2.35 goals as determined by the council; and 2.36 (2) are actively funding projects designed to help meet the 3.1 goals. 3.2 Funds may also be distributed to a development authority 3.3 for a project in an eligible municipality. The funds 3.4 distributed by the council must be matched on a 3.5 dollar-for-dollar basis by the municipality or development 3.6 authority receiving the funds. When distributing funds in the 3.7 account, the council must give priority to those municipalities3.8 projects that (1) are in municipalities that have contribution 3.9 net tax capacities that exceed their distribution net tax 3.10 capacities by more than $200 per household, (2) demonstrate the 3.11 proposed project will link employment opportunities with 3.12 affordable and life-cycle housing, and (3) provide matching 3.13 funds from a source other than the required amount under 3.14 subdivision 3. For the purposes of this subdivision, 3.15 "municipality" means a statutory or home rule charter city or 3.16 town in the metropolitan area and "development authority" means 3.17 a housing and redevelopment authority, economic development 3.18 authority, or port authority. 3.19 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 473.255, 3.20 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 3.21 Subdivision 1. [DEFINITIONS.] (a) "Inclusionary housing 3.22 development" means a new construction development, including 3.23 owner-occupied or rental housing, or a combination of both, with 3.24 a variety of prices and designs which serve families with a 3.25 range of incomes and housing needs. 3.26 (b) "Municipality" means a statutory or home rule charter 3.27 city or town participating in the local housing incentives 3.28 program under section 473.254. 3.29 (c) "Development authority" means a housing and 3.30 redevelopment authority, economic development authority, or port 3.31 authority. 3.32 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 473.255, 3.33 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 3.34 Subd. 4. [INCLUSIONARY HOUSING GRANTS.] The council shall 3.35 use funds in the inclusionary housing account to make grants or 3.36 loans to municipalities or development authorities to fund the 4.1 production of inclusionary housing developments that are located 4.2 in municipalities that offer incentives to assist in the 4.3 production of inclusionary housing. Such incentives include but 4.4 are not limited to: density bonuses, reduced setbacks and 4.5 parking requirements, decreased roadwidths, flexibility in site 4.6 development standards and zoning code requirements, waiver of 4.7 permit or impact fees, fast-track permitting and approvals, or 4.8 any other regulatory incentives that would result in 4.9 identifiable cost avoidance or reductions that contribute to the 4.10 economic feasibility of inclusionary housing. 4.11 Sec. 6. [APPLICATION.] 4.12 Sections 1 to 5 apply in the counties of Anoka, Carver, 4.13 Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. 4.14 Sec. 7. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 4.15 This act is effective on the day following its final 4.16 enactment.