Rezoning is a change in use or density from that permitted in the existing zone.
In the City of Saint Paul, public hearings are conducted by the Planning Commission and the City Council for rezoning requests. The Planning Commission reviews the proposal and makes a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council makes the final decision for all rezoning applications.
The Planning Commission is a 21-member citizen board appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. Their 8-member Zoning Committee holds the public hearing and makes a recommendation to the full Planning Commission. All property owners within 350 feet of the subject property and the Citizen Participation District Council for the area are notified by mail at least 10 days prior to the public hearing.
The Zoning Committee holds public hearings every other Thursday. The hearings start at 3:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Hall/ Courthouse. It is essential that the applicant or their representative attend the hearing. At the public hearing, the Zoning Committee hears a staff report and recommendation, hears public testimony and makes a recommendation on the request. The Planning Commission receives the recommendation of their Zoning Committee at its next meeting, 8:30 a.m. on the Friday of the following week, when they decide whether to recommend approval or denial of the rezoning application to the City Council. This is a public meeting, but no public testimony can be heard.
Approximately one month later, the City Council holds their public hearing for the rezoning request at a meeting on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Notification is mailed to everyone on the original notification list. If the rezoning is approved, an ordinance is drafted. It is read before the City Council four times. The ordinance is then published in the Legal Ledger. The rezoning becomes effective 30 days after its publication. If the City Council denies the rezoning, the same request cannot be made within one year from the date of the denial.