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West Side Flats Master Plan

The City of Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) has begun a community-based planning process to update the West Side Flats Master Plan and Development Guidelines, adopted in 2001. The Planning Commission created a community task force, chaired by a Planning Commissioner, to advise City staff and consultants during the planning process. In addition, a series of community meetings will be held to get input from the broader public.

The original West Side Flats Master Plan contains the community’s vision for future development on the 40 acres bounded by Wabasha Street, Plato Boulevard, Robert Street and the Mississippi River. In the 10+ years since adoption of the Plan, a US Bank call center has been built, the Fillmore Street railroad crossing has been reopened, and West Side Flats Apartments has begun construction. The Saint Paul Planning Commission felt that it was time to take a fresh look at the existing Plan, and to expand the
planning area to take in the 60+ acres east of Robert Street,
which is likely to see development interest over the next 10 years.

Latest News
The West Side Flats Master Plan Community Task Force completed its work in April 2014, after more detailed consideration of appropriate maximum building heights in the study area and the proposed street and block pattern in the industrial area.

West Side Flats Master Plan - Draft
Planning Commission Memo
PowerPoint Presentation

Adoption Process
November 19, 2014 - Neighborhood Planning Committee reviews draft Plan and proposed rezonings, recommends that Planning Commission release and set public hearing

December 5, 2014 - Planning Commission releases draft Plan (with proposed rezonings); sets public hearing for January 30, 2015

January 30, 2015 - Planning Commission holds public hearing

February 18, 2015 - Neighborhood Planning Committee considers public testimony; recommends any changes to Planning Commission

February 27, 2015 - Planning Commission considers public testimony; forwards draft Plan and rezonings to City Council

If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Lucy Thompson, Principal Project Manager
City of Saint Paul
Planning & Economic Development
25 W. Fourth Street, Suite 1300
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Vision & Guiding Principles
A 21st Century Riverfront Urban Village
The West Side Flats will emerge as a thriving riverfront urban village that connects the larger West Side community to the Mississippi River and downtown Saint Paul. With its unique location in the Mississippi River floodplain, the presence and movement of water will be reflected in land use patterns, street design, building massing, stormwater features, and public realm design.

The West Side Flats will have strong physical and visual connections to the river's edge and bluffs, walk/bike-friendly streets, a well-designed network of public spaces, restored natural systems, urban neighborhood design, a complementary mix of high-quality and human-scaled buildings, a variety of housing types and public art.

The West Side Flats will recapture its identity as a place that welcomes and integrates a broad mix of people, cultures and destinations into a vibrant mixed-use community. By restoring a more balanced mix of neighborhood, business and natural systems, it will be a model for economic, environmental and social sustainability. The employment-oriented district will continue to provide high-paying commercial/industrial job opportunities for the region and local residents, as it evolves into a more diverse, higher-intensity, and visually attractive business district over time.

Guiding Principles

Planning Process
Team Contact List
Project Overview
Community Participation
Stakeholder Common Themes

The City of Saint Paul has held two community open houses for the West Side Flats Master Plan and Development Guidelines Update.

Community Open House Notes - April 1, 2013
PowerPoint Presentation - November 20, 2013
Community Open House Notes - November 20, 2013

The Project Management Team has held two developer roundtables to get a "reality test" of what is being recommended in the plan. The notes are below:

Notes from Developers Roundtable #1 - Key Input Themes
Notes from Developers Roundtable #1 - Detailed Notes
Notes from Developers Roundtable #2

Community Task Force Meeting Agendas and Notes

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