Draft Rules for Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, on June 2, 2014, published a Request for Comments on draft rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA). The proposed rules would mandate new MRCCA zoning overlay districts and regulations to replace the districts and regulations that were adopted by the City and approved by the state in 1982. The Planning Commission will recommend City comments after having a presentation by DNR staff on the draft rules on Friday, October 17, 2014, and holding a public hearing on the draft rules on Friday, October 31, 2014. Both Planning Commission meetings are at 8:30 AM, City Hall Room 40, 15 W. Kellogg Boulevard.
DNR Draft River Corridor Rules, June 2, 2014
Proposed Districts Map, DNR Draft River Corridor Rules, June 2014
Existing Saint Paul River Corridor Overlay Zoning Districts Map, June 2014
Proposed Slope Setback Requirements Maps, DNR Draft River Corridor Rules, August 2014
DNR Presentation to Planning Commission October 17, 2014
Amendments to Driveway Setback Requirements, Land Use Standards, and B, I, and T District Uses and Standards
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a series of minor zoning text amendment pertaining to driveway setback requirements, land use standards, and business, industrial, and traditional neighborhood district uses and standards. The hearing will be held before the Planning Commission on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Room 40 of the City Hall/Courthouse at 15 West Kellogg Blvd.
All comments concerning the draft Zoning Code amendments will be heard at this hearing. Comments submitted in writing should be addressed to: Saint Paul Planning Commission, Attn: Jamie Radel, 25 W. Fourth Street, Suite 1400, Saint Paul, MN 55102, or by email to Jamie Radel
or by fax to 651-266-6549.
Copies of the proposed amendments
and background information
are available by contacting Jamie Radel
Zoning Code Chapter 64 - Signs Text Amendments
The Saint Paul Planning Commission held a public hearing on draft Zoning Code amendments pertaining to Chapter 64 – Signs on Friday, July 11, 2014. The draft amendments update definitions, clarify and update language, establish a conditional use permit option for roof signs in B4 Central Business and B5 Central Business Service districts, and establish standards related to signage on bicycle sharing facilities.
The Saint Paul City Council will hold a public hearing on the draft amendments on Wednesday, September 17, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, City Hall, Room 300, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul. Comments submitted in writing should be addressed to: Office of the City Council, 310 City Hall, 15 Kellogg Blvd. West, Saint Paul, MN 55102, or by email to Samantha Langer or by fax to 651-266-6549.
Copies of the proposed amendments and background information are also available by contacting Jake Reilly at 651-266-6618.
Vertical Subdivision by RLS Zoning Text Amendments
The Saint Paul Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on draft amendments to Zoning Code Chapter 69, Subdivision Regulations, pertaining to vertical subdivision by registered land survey. The draft amendments provide a process and standards for City review and approval of vertical subdivision by registered land survey. The draft amendments are on the second page of this notice. The hearing will be held before the Planning Commission on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Room 40 of the City Hall/Courthouse at 15 West Kellogg Blvd.
All comments concerning the proposed zoning text amendments will be heard at this hearing. Comments submitted in writing should be addressed to:
Barbara Wencl, Chair
Saint Paul Planning Commission
25 West Fourth Street, Suite 1400
Saint Paul, MN 55102
or to Allan Torstenson at
or fax to 651-266-6549
The proposed amendments
and study initiation
are available from Allan Torstenson by phone at 651-266-6579
or by e-mail.
Transit Street/T1-T2 Text Amendment
Draft Zoning Code text amendments deleting the definition of "transit street" in Section 60.221 and deleting references to transit street in Section 66.331(f) pertaining to conditional use permits related to building height in the T2 traditional neighborhood district and in Section 66.341(a) related to parking requirements in T1-T2 districts have been released for public review. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed text amendments on January 10, 2014 and voted to recommend the amendments to the City Council for adoption. The City Council held a public hearing on April 2, 2014. The City Council voted to adopt the text amendments on June 4, 2014.
The amendments are available from Hilary Holmes, City Planner, by email hilary.holmes@ci,stpaul.mn.us
or calling 651-266-6612
Congregate Living Zoning Study
The Planning Commission initiated the Congregate Living Facility Zoning Study in August 2012. The study is intended to correct outdated code references and resolve inconsistencies regarding community residential facilities and other congregate living facilities. For more information, please contact Bill Dermody at 651-266-6617.
Shepard Davern Planning Update and Zoning Study
On December 14, 2012, the Planning Commission initiated
a planning and zoning study for the Shepard Davern area
of the Highland Park District, after a request from the District Council. The existing Small Area Plan
and Shepard Davern Overlay Districts
were adopted in 1999, and zoning tools and policies put in place since then will inform this update.
A task force has been convened to develop recommendations for this study. For more information about this planning process please visit the study website
Central Corridor is a light-rail transit (LRT) line that will connect downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul, primarily along University Ave.
The Central Corridor is a major connection between the two downtown areas. This LRT line will increase connectivity and slow the growth of traffic congestion. The Central Corridor is also a major opportunity for reinvestment in the area. Click here
for more information on the Central Corridor.
3M Site/Beacon Bluff Business Center
The Saint Paul Port Authority led a community planning process to determine future uses for the 3M site, located on E. 7th Street & Phalen Boulevard, on Saint Paul's East Side, rebranded "Beacon Bluff." The offices of Saint Paul City Council Wards 6 and 7, as well as the Department of Planning and Economic Development, have helped to support this process. The Port Authority is marketing the land and the site's existing buildings. Please see the Beacon Bluff Redevelopment website for more information.
The nearly 145-acre Ford property was home to an assembly plant operated by Ford Motor Company for 86 years. In December 2011, Ford Motor Company closed its assembly plant, which was a significant loss for the community, the city and the region.
Ford and is now working towards sale of the property, which provides an unprecedented redevelopment opportunity in the center of the Twin Cities region and in one of the most beautiful, stable and economically strong neighborhoods of Saint Paul. The Ford property is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the vibrant Highland Park neighborhood, where a bustling residential community and business district grew up around the plant.
For more information on the Ford site planning, click here
West Midway Study
The West Midway is more than 1,500 acres of industrially-zoned land north of Interstate 94 between Snelling Avenue on the east and the Saint Paul/Minneapolis boundary on the west. The Central Corridor light rail line runs through the West Midway, along University Avenue.
The West Midway Industrial Area Strategy will determine how the area can be strengthened as a strategically-placed industrial sector and employment based for the City and the region. A community-based task force, convened by the Planning Commission, worked with staff to create the Strategy. The Planning Commission voted unanimously on May 16, 2014 to recommend the Strategy to the City Council for adoption.
The Strategy has a separate webpage
containing additional documents and information.
Parkland Dedication Amendments
The Planning Commission has released draft amendments
to the parkland dedication requirements in the City subdivision regulations to decouple the parkland dedication requirement at the time of building permits from parking, and to base the requirement at the time of platting on the area of new lots for new development, for public review and set a public hearing for February 10, 2012.
Complete Streets Plan
The City was awarded a TIGER II planning grant from the US Department of Transportation to develop a Complete Streets Plan
. The plan focuses on creating tools for complete streets implementation. Specifically, the grant funded three activities: a citywide complete streets assessment report, a street design manual, and a complete streets action plan.
Streetcar Feasbility Study
This process will develop of a set of prioritized citywide streetcar corridors that are physically viable, offer the greatest potential for improving local circulation, support economic development, and complement existing and planned regional transportation systems. The study
will prepare Saint Paul for long-term success in financing and implementing a comprehensive streetcar network.
Urban Agriculture Zoning Study
The Urban Agriculture Zoning Study was initiated
in October of 2011 by the Saint Paul Planning Commission.
The goal of the study is to identify how locally grown food-related uses are dealt with in the zoning ordinance and if there is a need to revise the code to remove any undue barriers. Staff reviewed national best practices to develop draft amendments for those topics that are appropriately addressed by zoning.
The study is a part of an ongoing response to a 2009 City Council resolution requesting “necessary changes to City policy (including possible zoning, licensing/permitting, HRA/easement policies” in order to “facilitate a network of resources to support the production, distribution, and consumption of healthy and locally grown food.”
The Planning Commission passed a resolution
approving the zoning study on August 9th, 2013. The zoning amendments
were approved by City Council on November 13th, 2013 and will be effective December 25th, 2013. Related documents are available from Anton Jerve
District 1 Area Plan
The Saint Paul Planning Commission held a public hearing on the draft District 1 Transportation Plan on June 15, 2012. In August, the Commission recommended approval of the plan, and forwarded it to the City Council for their review. The Transportation Plan will be incorporated into the upcoming District 1 Area Plan update. District 1 held community meetings in the first half of 2013 regarding the broader area plan, which will address land use, housing, and other topics.
Gateway Station Area Planning
The Gateway Transitway Corridor is under study by Washington County for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from Saint Paul’s Union Depot to Manning Avenue on the eastern end of Woodbury, generally running along the I-94 corridor. Up to six (6) stations are being considered in Saint Paul, including in the vicinities of Union Depot, Mounds Boulevard, Earl Street, Etna Street, White Bear Avenue, and the Sun Ray shopping center. The City of Saint Paul is undertaking a Station Area Planning process in order to take full advantage of this major potential transportation investment. In April 2014, the Planning Commission appointed the Gateway Station Area Planning Task Force and authorized the planning study.
For more information, please visit the project page
District 11 Mixed-Use Corridors Zoning Study
In December of 2013, the Saint Paul Planning Commission passed a resolution initiating the District 11 Hamline Midway Mixed-Use Corridors 40-Acre Zoning Study. The resolution called for a study area generally defined as including all blocks with street frontage on Snelling and Hamline Avenues between University Avenue and Pierce Butler Route, and all blocks with street frontage on Thomas and Minnehaha Avenues between Hamline and Snelling Avenues.
For more information, please visit the project page