Zoning Study (Near East Side)
Background of study
In November 2010, the City of Saint Paul Planning Commission initiated a study and planning process for an area centered on E. 7th Street between Maria on the west and Johnson Parkway on the east. Dubbed the “Near East Side,” a community task force began meeting in March 2011 to develop a community development strategy for the area. This study has included a block-by-block assessment of real estate development opportunities (including vacant building rehabilitation and possible new development projects), as well as focus on ways to enhance the appearance of the business district including existing storefronts and the design of the streetscape. As a part of the draft recommendations, the Task Force made initial recommendations for several property-specific rezonings
. The final step in the process is to hold public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council on recommended changes in the zoning of individual properties.
Map of properties proposed for rezoning
(1/17/12). All property owners in the study area were notified by mail of whether or not any changes are proposed for their property.
Map of properties proposed for rezoning, version 2 (1/31/12).
Map of properties proposed for rezoning, version 3 (2.28.12). This version was considered by the Planning Commission at a public hearing on May 18, 2012 (8:30 AM, City Hall, Rooms 40 A & B). All property owners whose property is proposed for zoning changes in the study area were notified by mail about this public hearing.
Map of properties proposed for rezoning, version 4 (8.01.2012). This version will be considered by the City Council at a public hearing Sept. 19, 2012 (5:30 PM, City Hall, Council Chambers). All property owners whose property is proposed for zoning changes in the study area will be notified by mail about this public hearing.
Rationale for rezonings.
Opportunities for public input...
A public meeting to consider changes to the zoning classification on individual properties was held Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 655 Forest St (corner of Forest and Margaret), in the basement auditorium. Meeting flyer.
Planning Commission public hearing was held on May 18, 2012. (8:30 AM, City Hall, Rooms 40 A & B).
City Council public hearing September 19, 2012 (5:30 PM, City Hall, Council Chambers)
Meeting materials from January 17, 2012
Presentation - community meeting on Near East property-specific rezonings - rationale and discussion with property owners.
Map of properties proposed for rezoning in study area
Map of current zoning in study area
List of properties in study area proposed for rezoning
List of uses permitted by zoning districts
List of Traditional Neighborhood Zoning district design standards
Comparison sheet: B3 vs. IR vs. I1.
January-February 2012: The Near East Task Force reviewed public input on their initial rezoning recommendations, and finalized the recommendations. The Task Force also reviewed and recommended for approval to the City the Near East Side Roadmap document.
March 28, 2012: The Neighborhood Planning Committee of the Planning Commission reviewed the Roadmap & proposed rezonings, and recommended a public hearing before the Planning Commission on May 18, 2012.
May 18, 2012. Planning Commission public hearing on the proposed rezonings and roadmap document.
June-August 2012: The Neighborhood Planning Committee will review the public testimony and make a recommendation to the Planning Commission; the Planning Commission will review the Neighborhood Planning Committee's recommendation and make a final recommendation to the City Council on the Roadmap & proposed rezonings.
: The City Council will review the Plannign Commission recommendation on the Roadmap & proposed rezonings. The City Council will also hold a public hearing on the proposed rezonings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be able to keep my business in operation at my property if my zoning changes? Yes. Changes in zoning classification will primarily affect property owners who decide to construct a new building. A change to the zoning classification will have no effect on existing businesses that want to remain indefinitely.
Will I be able to keep my house as it is today at my property if my zoning changes? Yes. Changes in zoning classification will primarily affect property owners who decide to construct a new building. A change to the zoning classification will have no effect on existing homes that want to remain indefinitely.
How many properties would be impacted by these proposals? Of 358 properties in the Near East Side study area, 128 are proposed for rezoning (i.e., 90 property owners), while 230 are proposed to remain with the current zoning district (i.e., 144 property owners).
More answers to FAQs HERE.
Contacts for more information
, City of Saint Paul,
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