The City recognizes the need to provide affordable housing in order to create and maintain a diverse population and to provide housing for those who live or work in the City. Since the remaining land appropriate for new residential development is limited, it is essential that a reasonable proportion of such land be developed into affordable housing units.
The City of Edina and District officials agreed to collaborate on a study of the impact on school enrollment of recent housing and population growth in Edina in 2018. The City and District jointly commissioned such a study by former State Demographer Hazel Reinhardt.
Plans for all new construction permits are reviewed by the City before a building permit is issued. The City's Planning Division check's a plan's setbacks, lot coverage and height and ensures the plans abide by the City's zoning code. The Engineering Department checks storm water and drainage, and erosion control. Before, during and after construction, the Building Division makes sure the plans and construction comply with City code and State building laws.