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Snelling Avenue South Zoning Study
On July 10, 2015, the Saint Paul Planning Commission passed a resolution initiating the Snelling Avenue South Zoning Study. The resolution defined the study area as the blocks facing Snelling from I-94 to Ford Parkway, as well as the blocks facing Selby, Grand, St Clair, Randolph and Highland Parkway within 1/4 mile of Snelling Avenue. This study is intended to look at potential zoning districts that may make the district more transit-friendly, in conjunction with the planned opening of the A Line Bus Rapid Transit by Metro Transit in early 2016.

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 was 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.

A presentation of Ward 3 findings and recommendations was presented at the February 4, 2015 meeting of the Neighborhood Planning Committee (NPC) of the Planning Commission. At that time, the Committee requested additional information from staff, which was presented at the March 4 NPC meeting.  The NPC voted to send the report to the Planning Commission for discussion at the 3/13 meeting and potential release for public review. The NPC report to the Planning Commission can be found within the packet here: The report begins on page 12.The presentation given at that time can be found here:

During the 3/13 meeting of the Planning Commission, it was determined that it would be appropriate to consider amendments to the zoning code that would apply city-wide. Staff prepared a report and recommendations with city-wide amendments and presented to the NPC on 3/24. The NPC voted to recommend that the Planning Commission release only the city-wide option for public review with the understanding that input received would inform both city-wide and Ward 3 options. The report from the NPC to the Planning Commission can be found here: The presentation can be found here:

On 3/27, the Planning Commission released the report and recommendations for public review and held a public hearing on May 8, 2015. The Planning Commission is scheduled to review those comments on June 5 and determine a recommendation to send to the Mayor and City Council. The report can be found here:

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

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 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).

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.

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

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.

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.

Gold Line Station Area Planning
The Gold Line (also known as 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 Gold Line Station Area Planning Task Force and authorized the planning study.

For more information, please visit the project page.

Campus Boundaries Expansion Process Zoning Study
College, university, adn seminary campuses located in residential areas are regulated as a conditional use in Saint Paul. This requires the institutions to recevied zoning approval from the Saint Paul Planning Commission when seeking to expand their campuses in residentially-zoned areas.

The Planning Commission is currently conducting the Campus Boundaries Expansion Process Zoning Study to evaluate the effectiveness of the process by which campus boundaries may be expanded in preventing negative impacts on surrounding neighborhoods. A public hearing on the proposed changes to the zoing code was held on August 21, 2015.

Comments received were reviewed by  the Neighborhood Planning Committee, and a memo to full Planning Commission, outlining the studies findings and amended recommendations, can be found here.

Questions and comments can be directed to Josh Williams, senior planner, at (651) 266-6659 or

EAW for partial demolition of 844 Fairmount
On August 31, 2015, notice of an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for a proposed partial demolition of a single-family home located at 844 Fairmount Ave. in Saint Paul was published by the Environmental Quality Board. The City of Saint Paul is the RGU. A thirty (30) day comment period will conclude on September 30, 2015. The purpose of the EAW is to identify any potential impacts of the project, and is required because the property is considered to be a contributing structure to the State and National Hill Historic Districts but not within the locally-designated Hill Historic District.

An electronic version of the EAW is available here. A paper copy is available, upon request, from the Department of Planning and Economic Development, located on the 13th floor of the City Hall Annex at 25 W. Fourth Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Comments on the adequacy of the EAW in identifying the potential impacts of the project can be emailed to
. Please include “844 Fairmount EAW” in the subject line of all emails. Comments may also be sent by US mail to Josh Williams, City of Saint Paul – PED, 25 W. Fourth Street, Suite 1300, Saint Paul, MN 55102.


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