Recently Completed Activities
West Midway Industrial Area Plan
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 Plan process examined 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 Plan. The Planning Commission voted unanimously on May 16, 2014 to recommend the Strategy to the City Council for adoption. On September 17, 2014 the City Council voted unanimously to adopt the West Midway Industrial Area Plan as an amendment to the City's Comprehensive Plan.
Please see the Neighborhood Plan page to view the Plan. For more information please contact Hilary Holmes at
or at 651-266-6612
Streetcar Feasibility Study
On July 9th, 2014, the City Council passed a resolution approving the long-term network of feasible streetcar routes for Saint Paul. This network includes 7 lines: East 7th, Grand, Payne, Rice, Robert, Selby, and West 7th. The City Council also recognized the high potential for an East-West 7th streetcar line from Arcade to Randolph, and authorized staff to proceed to more detailed analysis of bus versus streetcars in that corridor, to be iniated ONLY after Ramsey County concludes transit studies of the Riverview Corridor.
Additional study information can be found here
. For more information contact Michelle Beaulieu at
Transit Street/T1-T2 Text Amendment
This study was initiated to draft Zoning Code text amendments deleting the definition of "transit street" in Section 60.221. Staff reported that the definition of transit street in the Code was narrow and recommended that it is appropriate for the provisions related to the transit street definition to be applied to T1-T2 districts citywide. This amendment deleted 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.
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.
For more information contact Hilary Holmes at or 651-266-6612
Industrial Zoning Study
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 held a public hearing on the draft amendments on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, City Hall, and subsequently the draft amendemnts were approved. For more information, inquire by email to
, or call 651-266-6549
Final Ordinance for the Industrial Zoning Text Amendments
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
Source-Separated Organics Zoning Study
In February 2014, the Saint Paul City Council approved Zoning Code amendments pertaining to source-separated organics. The amendments created a definition for “source-separated organics” and allowed collection and transfer of source-separated organics at municipal yard waste sites. Source-separated organic waste includes non-recyclable paper and food scraps, such as banana peels, coffee grounds, and uneaten food, which could include fruits, vegetables, meats, grains, or dairy.
District 6 and District 10 Boundary Study and Change
The existing District Council system of Saint Paul was established in the late 1970s to facilitate effective, informed, and representative community participation in local governance issues. Numerous residents of South Como, the portion of District 6 west of Dale Street, expressed their desire to be included in District 10 over the course of a number of years. At the request of Councilmember Amy Brendmoen, City planning staff conducted a study of the boundary between Districts 6 and 10. That report can be found here.
A public meeting was held on January 9th, 2012, and public testimony was accepted through Open Saint Paul and in the form of letters and emails to the City. After this meeting, District Council 6 and District Council 10 both wrote letters of support for a boundary change. Following these letters, City staff made a recommendation to the City Council to change the Planning District boundaries. On March 20, 2013, the City Council passed a resolution changing this boundary to include South Como in District 10, to be effective on January 1, 2014. For more information, please contact Michelle Beaulieu at or 651-266-6620.
Alcohol Production Zoning Study
The City Council initiated the Alcohol Production Zoning Study in August 2012 by resolution. The study was intended to clarify, harmonize, and update regulatory language so as to facilitate the growth of small, local breweries and other alcohol production facilities in Saint Paul. The resolution also initiated a small amendment allowing small breweries in non-industrial districts to have taprooms (Ord 13-14). Additional amendments were passed by the City Council in December 2013 (Ord 13-57) that permit small distilleries and small wineries in most non-industrial districts, and allow for non-industrial breweries to potentially expand their size through a Conditional Use Permit process. For more information, please contact Bill Dermody at 651-266-6617.
Nonconforming Use Zoning Text Amendments
The City Council recently adopted amendments to Chapter 62 of the City's Zoning Code, which deals with nonconforming lots, uses, and structures, and sections in Chapter 64 dealing with nonconforming signs. The amendments make Saint Paul's zoning code consistent with Minnesota Statutes Sec. 462.357 Subd. 1e as amended by the State Legislature in 2004 and 2005. The amendments also clarify and simplify the language to make the ordinance easier to interpret and enforce. The City Council adopted the amendments to Chapter 62 as Ordinance 12-71, which was effective on January 19, 2013. The amendments to Chapter 64 were adopted as Ordinance 12-77 and became effective on February 9, 2013.
Copies of these ordinances are available online using these links:
District del Sol Small Area Plan
Between 2011 and 2012, the Riverview Economic Development Association (REDA) lead a small area planning effort for the District del Sol Commercial Corridor. Planning efforts are focused on revitalization of the Robert Street and Cesar Chavez Street intersection. The City Council approved the plan, pending Metropolitan Council approval, on February 6, 2013.
District del Sol Small Area Plan
For more information contact Jake Reilly, City Planner, at 651-266-6618
Great River Passage Master Plan
On October 19, 2012, the Planning Commission completed its review of the Great River Passage Master Plan as an addendum to the Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan. The resolution is here
. The Commission recommended some minor text changes to the document and, with these changes, found the Addendum consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and recommended adoption of the Addendum by the Saint Paul City Council. A summary of public testimony is here
and written testimony is here
. See also the draft Great River Passage Master Plan
, Proposed Addendum to Saint Paul's Comprehensive Plan (the changes recommended by the Commission will be made once the City Council adopts the document).
For more information contact Lucy Thompson, Principal City Planner, at
Near East Side Roadmap and Zoning Study
The Saint Paul Planning Commission initiated the Near East Side Task Force in late 2010. The Task Force met from March 2011 through February 2012, focusing is on commercial-industrial redevelopment, commercial vitality, and community building, and developed a work plan entitled the Near East Side Roadmap.
The City Council approved the Roadmap and related zoning study on September 26, 2012.
Greater Lowertown Master Plan
The Greater Lowertown Master Plan
(adopted April 18, 2012) was the result of a year-long process led by the Greater Lowertown Master Plan Task Force, which raised nearly $200,000 to hire a consultant team to work with community members on a vision for the future of Lowertown. For information on the task force, see: www.visionlowertown.com
For more information, please call Lucy Thompson, Principal City Planner, at 651.266.6578
North End/South Como District 6 Plan
The District 6 Plan
focuses on three issues: Resolving the conflicts between housing and industrial businesses in the industrial area southeast of the Como/Front/Dale intersection; possible improvements so the Como/Front/Dale intersection functions better and is more attractive; and focusing on the policies in previously adopted District 6 plans that have yet to be implemented.
Student Housing Zoning Study
Work on the zoning study was completed in March 2012, and staff have prepared a report and recommendations, including a draft ordinance that would restrict conversion of one- and two- dwellings (single family homes and duplexes) to student housing in certain areas. Following a public hearing, the Planning Commission voted to forward the study and draft Student Housing Neighborhood Impact Overlay District ordinance on to the City Council, with a recommendation that the ordinance not be adopted. The City Council held a public hearing on June 20, 2012, and the following week voted to adopt the ordinance, which went into effect in August 2012.
For more information on the ordinance or to register a student rental property, click here
Off-Street Parking Code Amendments
On June 16, 2010, the Saint Paul City Council approved comprehensive amendments to Saint Paul’s off-street parking requirements. On May 23, 2012, the Council followed with amendments to off-street parking requirements for establishments serving wine, beer or liquor, or with an entertainment license. Information on both studies and the amendments are available here.