The City’s zoning code regulates the number of off-street parking spaces that must be provided when establishing or expanding land uses and the associated parking lot design. Saint Paul, like many cities across the United States, revised its off-street parking requirements to better support and create vibrant mixed use communities of residents and businesses that look great, are livable, and respect the environment.
The City of Saint Paul’s last comprehensive evaluation and update to its off-street parking regulations was in 1992. Since that time, the City had changed. The off-street parking requirements did not match the changing urban form of Saint Paul, account for alternative transportation modes, or facilitate fluid transitions on our commercial corridors. The recently adopted Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan called for parking policy changes to reflect new priorities for land use, transportation, housing and environmental quality.