Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

Legislative News and Views - Rep. Michael Nelson (DFL)

Back to profile

Bill Clears the Way for Plowing

Thursday, March 25, 2010
St. Paul- Due to the housing crisis, neighborhood sub-divisions that were once full of families now sit silent and nearly empty. State Rep. Michael V. Nelson (DFL- Brooklyn Park) passed legislation today that would help Minnesotans still living in these areas. His bill ensures that these unfinished neighborhoods will still be plowed so police and fire can navigate the streets to reach those in need. It was approved by a unanimous vote of 133-0. “I’m happy we can provide this relief to isolated Minnesota home-owners," said Nelson. “This issue came to my attention after the housing crisis devastated many of our suburban neighborhoods. My bill ensures that emergency services will be able to access the homes of anyone still living in an incomplete subdivision.” Over 3,500 homes in Hennepin County alone are currently in foreclosure. Sub-divisions began sprouting up during the housing boom Minnesota enjoyed. Unfortunately, when the market entered a down-turn, many developers of these neighborhoods suffered insolvency and bankruptcy. After this happened they weren’t able to continue plowing and divisions with more than five lots found themselves stuck without basic police and fire services. “Although construction might have stopped, that doesn’t mean every Minnesotan has left,” said Nelson. “Now we can ensure that these families will not remain isolated and trapped during our cold Minnesota winters. I’m happy the House was able to come together on a bi-partisan basis and support those that were left behind.” The bill is HF 2231 and was heard on the floor yesterday where it passed. -30-