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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, 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
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.

Industrial Zoning Text Amendments
Draft Zoning Code amendments pertaining to industrial districts and uses reflect policies in the Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan, support the purpose of industrial districts for employment and economic activities, provide for efficient land use and aesthetic quality, and bring the code up-to-date, incorporating Planning Commission determinations of similar use in recent years. 

The Saint Paul City Council will hold a public hearing on the draft amendments on Wednesday, May 15, 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 , or fax to 651-266-6549.

Draft Ordinance for the Industrial Zoning Text Amendments
Summary of Draft Industrial Zoning Text Amendments
Summary of Planning Commission public hearing testimony and recommendations
Comp. Planning Committee review of public testimony, analysis, and recommendations
Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes
Planning Commission Public Hearing Written Testimony

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 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.

West Grand Zoning Study
In August, 2012, the City Council put in place a moratorium on certain types of development along the portion of Grand Avenue west of Fairview, and requested that the Planning Commission take a closer look at what scale of development is most consistent with Comprehensive Plan land-use goals for West Grand Avenue and whether or not zoning changes are needed. The Council subsequently expanded the sutdy area to include the entire commercial node at Grand and Fairview (adding in the commercially-zoned properties on Grand immediately east of Fairview).

On May 17, 2013, the Planning Commission forwarded recommendations, along with documentation of the rationale for the recommendations, for consideration by the City Council.

A public hearing before the Council has been scheduled for Jun 19, 2013. For more information about the study findings and recommendations, click here.

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.

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