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Variance Repair Moving Ahead

The latest word from the legislature is that the much-needed repair to municipal variance authority, after being held up by roadblocks from some business groups, is moving ahead with compromise language that meets the needs of cities and counties. As I wrote last year, a Minnesota Supreme Court decision (Krummenacher v. City of Minnetonka) overturned the long-established standard of review for variances, based on differences between the language of statutes for variances from cities and counties, and reduced the ability of cities to grant variances near to zero.

The League of Minnesota Cities reports that bills may be passed on both House and Senate floors on April 26th.  Whenever it's passed by both houses, it then goes to the Governor, and goes into effect the next business day after it received his signature.


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