Subdivision 1. Legislative findings. The legislature finds and determines that there is a need for housing in the metropolitan area, that an increasingly large majority of the residents of the metropolitan area are unable to afford housing, and that it is in the public interest that, for certain portions of the buildable residential land, the official controls imposed on development by municipalities in the metropolitan area be required to permit the construction of modest cost housing by the private sector which could be afforded by a significant portion of the families in the metropolitan area.
Subd. 2. Buildable residential land. As used in this section, "buildable residential land" means land within a municipality which is suitable for development, zoned for a residential use, which has access to sewer and water service, and for which no building permit has been issued.
Subd. 3. Advisory committee. The chair of the council shall establish a modest cost private housing advisory committee consisting of not more than 15 persons consisting of local elected officials, consumers and persons experienced in the field of housing construction, trades and management and mortgage banking, plus ex officio members as the chair of the council may determine, to provide advice and make recommendations on the effects of governmental rules, taxes, financing and housing industry practices on the costs of housing. The committee shall investigate and make recommendations on all matters necessary including standards and criteria for modest cost private housing as follows:
(1) A zoning classification and ordinances that take into account minimum and maximum single family lot sizes.
(2) Building requirements contained within the State Building Code.
(3) Minimum and maximum square foot area requirements for single family homes.
(4) The requirement of a single family garage and off-street parking requirements.
(5) Zoning classification and ordinances that take into account density requirements for multifamily construction.
(6) Minimum and maximum square foot floor areas for multifamily units.
(7) Requirements of garages for multifamily units, credits for garage inclusion and off-street parking requirements.
Subd. 4. Report to legislature. On or before January 15, 1977, the council shall, following public hearings, submit to the legislature a report on the findings of the committee and the council's recommendations for ensuring an adequate supply of modest cost private housing.