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West 7th and Shepard Road Access Options Study
The Department of Public Works is leading a study of the interchange between the Highway 5 bridge, West 7th Street, and Shepard Road. This study will look at roadway realignment and redesign options to improve pedestrian conditions on both West 7th and Shepard Road, by balancing traffic volumes between the streets, lowering vehicular speeds, and utilizing the street design principles identified in the Great River Passage Master Plan. For more information, visit http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=5588 or contact Mark Finken at 651-266-6165 or

Parkland Dedication
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on January 16, 2015, on draft Zoning Code text amendments to the City’s parkland dedication requirements. These amendments focus on modifications to § 69.511 Parkland dedication requirements within Chapter 69: Subdivision Regulations, creation of Article VII: Parkland Dedication within Chapter 63: Regulations of General Applicability, and addition of a new requirement § 61.402(b): Pre-application consultation under § 61.402 Site plan review by the Planning Commission.

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, background information, and executive summary are available by contacting Jamie Radel at 651-266-6614.

Minor text amendments to the zoning code
At the October 31, 2014 Planning Commission meeting, the Planning Commission of the City of Saint Paul set a public hearing on minor zoning text amendments to Chapters 60 through 62 and portions of 63 and 65 of Saint Paul’s Zoning Code for Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 40 of the City Hall/Courthouse at 15 West Kellogg Blvd.

All comments concerning the amendments will be heard at this hearing.  Written comments may be submitted to the Commission by sending them to Senior City Planner Jake Reilly’s attention at 1400 City Hall Annex, 25 West Fourth St., Saint Paul, MN 55102 or or faxing to 651-266-6469, until Monday, December 8, 2014. For more information, email or call Jake Reilly (651-266-6618).


Saint Paul Bicycle Plan
The City of Saint Paul is developing a citywide Bicycle Plan to guide the development of a safe, effective, and well-connected network of bicycle facilities to encourage and facilitate bicycle transportation. The primary objective of this plan is to designate corridors throughout the city for future development of bikeways. When completed, this plan will be adopted as an addendum to the City's Comprehensive Plan.

The Saint Paul Bicycle Plan effort is being led by the Department of Public Works. For more information contact Reuben Collins at or 651-266-6059.

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 at 651-266-6614.


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.

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
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.


Ford
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.

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.

Urban Agriculture Zoning Study
The Urban Agriculture Zoning Study was initiated by resolution 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, 651-266-6567.


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 and Ramsey Counties for  Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and other alternatives 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.

Ward 3 Residential Standards Zoning Study
The City Council passed Resolution 14-1324 on August 6 initiating a zoning study to review current design standards in Ward 3 as they relate to the construction and remodeling of single-family homes in the R1-R4 single-family residential zoning districts. The resolution indicates that new construction, although in conformance with current code, may be inconsistent with the scale and character of the existing residential neighborhoods. In response to this concern, the Planning Commission has been asked to conduct a study and prepare recommendations that would prevent future construction inconsistent with the existing character of the residential areas of Ward 3.

An update on this study was discussed at the Neighborhood Planning Committee of the Planning Commission on November 5. It is anticipated that potential study recommendations will be shared with the Highland and Macalester-Groveland district councils in January, followed by presentation to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and make study recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for final adoption.

Update 12/4/14: A summary of the recommendations will be presented at the Highland Community Development Committee meeting on 1/20/15 at the Hillcrest Recreation Center, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul MN 55116, and at the Macalester-Groveland Housing and Land Use Committee meeting on 1/28/15 at the Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 South Griggs St., St. Paul, MN 55105.

Questions about the study can be directed to Mike Richardson,  or 651-266-6621.

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