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 At its meeting last week, the St. Paul City Council again postponed the vote on the ordinance allowing ADU’s (or “granny flats”) city-wide. City Council members made it clear that they intend to pass the ordinance, but they need to make sure all the details are ironed-out and everything is in order before doing so. The ordinance will have final discussion and vote on October 10 – we'll give you the update shortly thereafter! For more background on the topic, see our previous post here.  

On the other side of the river, Minneapolis is also developing creative solutions for a housing shortage. With ADUs already legal across the city, Minneapolis is currently crafting its “Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan” to include widespread zoning changes allowing for more multi-family properties, as described in this Star Tribune article. What was first drafted as fourplexes in most neighborhoods has now been reduced to triplexes, with some allowance for the additional unit on larger lots. The change comes in response to considerable public feedback and pushback. The final draft is supposed to be released by the end of this month, so within the next few days. City planners have been working with city leaders, including the mayor and city council members, to develop a plan that aligns with their vision for the future.  

If there were any doubts before, it’s clear now that with all of these intended changes, both Minneapolis and St. Paul are going to become denser, and investors will no doubt view our local market as a great investment. Although it won’t happen overnight, the Minneapolis 25 years from now will certainly look and feel quite different. Meanwhile, suburbs are working to bring the amenities of the city close, while still providing space and privacy. So, what’s your flavor? 

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