Conduct joint review of the same project at the same time with planning, public works, parks, and tax assessment departments.
For affordable and mixed income housing projects, Minnesota Housing, Metropolitan Council, Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Family Housing Fund (FHF), Greater Minnesota Housing Funding (GMHF), and the Saint Paul Public Housing Agency (St. Paul PHA) coordinate a super RFP process for coordinated funding applications. In addition, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, City of Minneapolis (CPED), City of Saint Paul, Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) participate in the review of proposals and selection committees.
Metropolitan Council staff coordinate the review of local comprehensive land use plans and programs, provide technical and general assistance. Local Planning Assistance sector representatives act as liaisons between the Metropolitan Council and and local governments.
Conduct sketch/concept plan review with elected and appointed officials before formal public hearing process
Project concepts that have been previewed, vetted and received preliminary support by elected and appointed officials are less politically risky than those without support. By gaining feedback before the formal public hearing process and responding to that feedback, developers can create a stronger project for public review. The support of local policy leaders may reduce the likelihood of failure due to public opposition. Sketch/concept plan review with city policy leaders demonstrates that the city is committed to attracting investment and can establish a positive working relationship with the developer.
Establish a memorandum of understanding between governmental entities related to future (re)development sites.
A memorandum of understanding may be appropriate to outline a future course of action for individual (re)development sites. The document should describe a common course of action that represents the convergence of goals and intentions between parties. A memorandum of understanding for a (re)development parcel might define an agreed-upon process, state future site goals and uses, detail interim strategies and partner roles and responsibilities, or lay the groundwork for an RFP process. Ultimately, the document signals to developers that all staff and elected officials share a commitment and understanding of the (re)development site.
Seek affordable housing funding through the Development Funder’s Roundtable.
The Family Housing Fund is available to coordinate a Development Funder’s Roundtable meeting that brings together affordable housing funders from across the state to meet with the city and proposed mixed-income or affordable housing developer to evaluate the project and identify appropriate funding sources.