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Twenty-Five Years of Planning for Low- and Moderate-Income Housing in the Twin Cities: The Legacy of the 1976 Land Use Planning Act.

Goetz, Edward G. , Karen Chapple, and Barbara L. Lukermann.

The Minnesota Land Use Planning Act (LUPA) of 1976 provides the basis for mandatory land-use planning policy in the seven-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan region. The language of the statute establishes LUPA as the basis for a 'fair-share' housing program in which local communities are obligated to meet the demand for low-cost housing derived from a regional analysis of needs, and designates the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities as the agency responsible for reviewing comprehensive plans for their conformance with LUPA requirements. However, the current lack of affordable housing in the Twin Cities metro area suggests that LUPA has not had the intended impact of meeting regional low-and moderate-income housing needs. In the summer of 2000, a research team of 3 faculty members from the University of Minnesota, 12 graduate students from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and several undergraduates from Macalester College examined the implementation of LUPA's housing elements during the 25 years since the law was enacted to determine why. This article presents the results of their research, which included conducting interviews with current and former Metropolitan Council staff members to determine how the agency interpreted and implemented LUPA, conducting case studies of 25 municipal governments in the seven-county Twin Cities region to examine both their commitments and their actual practices with respect to affordable housing development, and conducting a land-use inventory to examine the degree to which land set aside for high-density housing in the communities' comprehensive plans actually resulted in the creation of affordable housing. The authors conclude that there are serious deficiencies in the LUPA housing requirements and in the way the law is being carried out by suburban communities and the Metropolitan Council, and that both the Met Council and individual suburban communities have retreated from the idea of regional planning for low-cost housing.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Funded by the Family Hosuing Fund with additional support from CURA, the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and the Urban Studies Program at Macalester College.
32 (3): 1-7.
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Reporter 32 (3)

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