Brooklyn Center Tables Rental Density Ordinance

By Julia Parenteau on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Brooklyn Center Tables Rental Density Ordinance

On Monday, April 25, the City of Brooklyn Center held a second reading and public hearing on proposed amendments to Brooklyn Center City Code Chapter 12, Section 12-901.

The proposed changes titled ‘Limiting the Density of Rental Housing’ include the addition of Section 12-901.10 which reads: Limitation of rental housing in low density neighborhoods. In R1 and R2 districts of the city, not more than 30 percent (rounded up) of the lots on any block shall be eligible to obtain a rental housing license.

View the full proposal here (jump to page 152).

MAAR opposes the rental license cap because:

  • It confers rights to some homeowners while simultaneously denying those rights to others;
  • It creates a disparate harmful impact on people of low incomes and communities of color;
  • It will suppress housing values;
  • It damages housing affordability by limiting the supply of a variety of housing options; and
  • REALTORS® seek to protect the private property rights of all Minnesota homeowners.

The City Council heard testimony against the ordinance from three MAAR REALTOR® members, Anthony Sanders, esq. of the Institute for Justice, and Julia Parenteau of MAAR. Many other people wrote letters and called the city to express their viewpoints on this harmful proposal.

Following the public hearing, the City Council voted to table the ordinance and send the concept back to staff for further study.

In statement on the rental density proposal, MAAR said: On behalf of the more than 7,500 REALTOR® members of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® and their clients who are current and future residents of Brooklyn Center, we stand ready to assist the community in the face of housing challenges. We are pleased the City Council has agreed to give this complex issue further study. To that end, we offer to help Brooklyn Center delve deeper into the issues surrounding homeownership and residential occupancy. MAAR seeks to be a partner with our municipal governments, rather than just an opposing voice on the other side of the podium. We would welcome any opportunity to assist the city in finding equitable and effective solutions to property issues, especially regarding single-family housing.

Thank you to all those REALTORS® who called, wrote letters and attended the public hearing to make their voices heard on this important issue. 

On a related note, property owners are advised that the City of Brooklyn Center still has an active moratorium on the issuance of rental licenses. The moratorium will expire on May 22, 2016.

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