Hastings Annexation Project
February 24, 2020
At last week’s meeting, the Hastings City Council unanimously voted in favor of extending the city limit boundary to include a 40-acre property west of General Sieben Drive and south of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The application was submitted to the city by TC Land who is interested in developing 120 single-family and villa homes.
Ahead of the meeting, Southern Government Affairs Chair LeeAnn Lehto wrote to the City Council to express SPAAR’s support for the project. “We applaud the City’s timely and efficient consideration of the annexation.” Lehto continued, ““While the ordinance for annexation is guided… for low-density residence, REALTORS® are heartened that the City is working with developers to help meet the demand for homes and close the gap with its peer communities.”
Hastings REALTOR® Rob Halberg also attended the meeting on behalf of the Association. A member of the city’s planning commission, Halberg said, “SPAAR will
continue to monitor the Council’s actions as rezoning, preliminary, and final plats are reviewed. As this development progresses, SPAAR encourages the City to prioritize the retention of natural green spaces and affordable lot sizes. Smaller lots are critical to creating housing units that are accessible for low- and median-income buyers. By reining in costs-per-lot, Hastings frees up existing affordable housing units for the rest of the market, most especially for first-time buyers who continue to value natural recreation opportunities more than traditional slide-and-swing playgrounds.”
You can find the entirety of SPAAR’s letter here. If you have questions about this topic, or other SPAAR Advocacy efforts, you can contact Government Affairs Director Khayree Duckett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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