New Housing Opportunities Case Studies

These case studies demonstrate tools and strategies that increase the supply of new housing through the use of local official controls and policies that help to spur private development, and support the redevelopment of underutilized and contaminated property and the reuse of publicly-owned buildings and land for housing.

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Anoka Condos

The riverfront in downtown Anoka was previously zoned as a downtown business district. The City created a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to meet the shoreland zoning requirements of the Department of Natural Resources and to provide flexibility from strict city zoning regulations. This allowed for residential, commercial and office uses.

Anoka Homestead

The redevelopment area around the Northstar Station in Anoka has had a history of industrial uses/zoning dating back to the late 1800s. The City’s vision for the 100 acre redevelopment area is for transit oriented development and to take advantage of the Northstar rail line. In 2009 the City undertook the task of rezoning the area to Transit Oriented Development (TOD).

Brooklyn Park - Village Creek - III

The 15-acre project site is located at the intersection of Brooklyn Blvd. and Zane Avenue. The project was made possible in part by $73,900 from the Metropolitan Council Tax Base Revitalization Funds that was used to clean up petroleum contamination in both the soil and groundwater in approximately one third of the site.

Chaska Clover Ridge

The City of Chaska created Clover Ridge as a planned development within their zoning code. The goal of the project is to provide a mix of housing types within a new traditional neighborhood framework. Clover Ridge is comprised of four different neighborhoods with varying levels of density, price and housing styles.

Roseville Development Review Committee

The City of Roseville, Minnesota created an internal Development Review Committee (DRC) to help expedite the review and permit process within the City. The DRC consists of representatives of all departments, administration, community development, police, fire, engineering and public works, streets and utilities and parks and recreation.

Maple Grove

All new residential housing projects in the City of Maple Grove must be submitted as a Planned Unit Development and are scored using a Project Points System (PPS) scoring guide. The project must receive a minimum 75 percent of the possible points to be considered for approval by the City Council.

Midtown Exchange

The redevelopment of the Sears and Roebuck building on Lake Street in Minneapolis brought hundreds of jobs back into the area and turned a vacant 1928 building into a shining example of private/public partnership. The City purchased the former Sears property in 2001 and evaluated numerous development proposals.

Twin Cities Community Land Bank

Within the Minneapolis Twin Cities seven county region, new resources are available to help public entities purchase and hold available land and properties to meet longer term community housing goals. A good example of this is the Twin Cities Community Land Bank, a nonprofit organization that was formed by the Family Housing Fund to meet the changing housing needs in Twin Cities’ neighborhoods and communities.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

In the spring of 2009, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) broke ground on what will be their first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified multi-family townhome development. After working with the City of St. Paul for seven years, extensive soil testing and several site plans, TCHFH purchased a tax forfeited property for $1. The building will be an owner-occupied multifamily unit with 6 three-bedroom town homes located on 2 separate buildings on the Eastside of St. Paul.

Woodbury Housing Implementation

Woodbury’s 2008 housing implementation plan is a very good example of providing for a full range of housing choices by adopting flexible regulatory and using numerous financial tools.