Housing as a Shared Priority: Public Lands
The Twin Cities region needs a full-spectrum affordable housing strategy to maintain the quality of life many enjoy and expand housing opportunities for those with low and moderate incomes.
Doing more to meet housing needs requires us to think creatively and look for new opportunities to align and maximize the impact of public resources. Surplus, vacant, and underutilized public lands are precious community resources and must be part of the solution. Let’s build on what we already have.
Family Housing Fund Resources:
- Prioritizing Public Lands for Affordable Housing and other Public Benefits: Model Ordinances & Best Practices
PDF Document (3.0 Mb)
- Recent blog outlining the public lands opportunity
- Public Benefit from Publicly Owned Parcels: Effective Practices in Affordable Housing Development (2017, Enterprise Community Partners) provides an overview of best practices nationally.
- Transit-Oriented Development Public Parcels Map (Metropolitan Council) is an interactive mapping tool identifying publicly-owned land along active and pending transitways in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region. Note that many parcels shown are not suitable or available for development.