CMBA Government Affairs Report - 4/12/21

12 Apr 2021 10:54 AM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

CMBA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS REPORT – 4/12/21

CMBA Submits Letter Opposing New Climate Change Mitigation Language

CMBA has joined other organizations in opposing proposed new climate change mitigation language the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board wants to add to new home development Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAW) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). The new climate change language has not been discussed with legislators or other regulatory agencies, and threatens to create a new opportunity for denying new housing developments.

CMBA Helps Prevent New Street Impact Fees

As the Minnesota Legislature released its omnibus bills last week, we were pleased to see new street impact fees were not included.  Cities have been seeking new authority to impose street impact fees that would add an estimated $8,000-10,000 to each new home. These would be new fees paid on a prospective basis prior to platting a new development.  CMBA Board member, Mike Gohman, testified against the fees, and CMBA worked with BAM, Housing First Minnesota and others to block the measure.  "As we discuss housing affordability concerns, we cannot at the same time be piling-on with new fees," said CMBA Executive Director, Wanda Schroeder. "Cities already have the ability to cover necessary infrastructure costs through existing fee and taxing authority."

BAM Virtual Builders Day At The Capitol, Wednesday, April 14th

BAM Builders Day at the Capitol is our annual event for CMBA members and builders from around the state to advocate with their lawmakers about issues impacting our industry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is virtual via Zoom.  This event is open to any CMBA member, and we encourage you to participate. If you have not already, please register at this link: https://forms.gle/9i7QzXVKcdjs8dok9. CMBA is scheduled to connect with our area legislators 11:30-12:15.  For more details, visit the Events page at cmbaonline.org.

CMBA Government Affairs Committee Meeting, Tuesday, April 20th

CMBA GA Committee meets Tuesday, April 20th, 8:00-9:00 AM at the CMBA offices and via Zoom.  We will provide fresh updates of legislative activities at the state and federal levels, and cover local developments.  We will also continue our connections with local development officials as we welcome Sauk Rapids Director of Community Development, Todd Schultz. If you would like to be added to the CMBA Government Affairs Committee distribution, email steve@cmbaonline.org.


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