February 2020 Update

Legislative Update: The Minnesota State Legislature gaveled into session this past Tuesday, February 11 and is expected to meet until mid-May.  How will the session impact our profession? Time will tell as we work diligently to track bills that are most important to planners and those that align with our policy platform. We will also be partnering with organizations and agencies that are working towards legislation that promotes good planning and our shared policy platform goals. As part of this effort, we are pleased to partner with the Minnesota Transportation Alliance. The Minnesota Transportation Alliance is a statewide coalition of organizations advocating for a safe and effective transportation system that works for all Minnesotans.

If you would like APA MN to track and monitor any specific legislation of interest, please email Leslie Rosedahl at leslie@rosedahlpublicaffairs.com. We will make sure to include this as part of regular updates to membership during the legislative session.

Law Update: The League of Minnesota Cities is urging city councils to adopt a resolution providing clarity after the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision in Harstad v. City of Woodbury, where the court found there was no existing statutory authority to collect fees for future infrastructure improvements when approving residential development. For more information please visit the LMNC website by clicking here.