Senior City Planner
25 West 4th Street, Suite 1300
Ph: (651) 266-6567
The City was awarded a TIGER II planning grant from the US Department of
Transportation (US DOT) to develop a Complete Streets Plan that focuses
on creating tools to implement the complete streets policies the City
passed as part of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. More information on these
policies can be found here:
City of Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan: Transportation Chapter
City of Saint Paul Complete Streets Resolution
State of Minnesota Complete Streets (external)
The Complete Streets Plan consists of the implementation tools outlined on this page.
Street Design Manual
The City of Saint Paul is currently developing a Street Design Manual to
illustrate street design best practices and to implement adopted
complete streets policies. Complete streets policies require that the
needs of all street users, of all ages and abilities, be considered in
the process of street design. This is the first Street Design Manual for
the City and is intended to help streamline the City’s internal street
design processes by developing a toolbox for street design and by
providing a clear framework for street design processes. The draft
Street Design Manual is available here for view.
The assessment report will make recommendations based on a review of
existing street design processes and multimodal gap analysis to be
summarized in a report by City staff to the Transportation Committee.
Complete Streets Action Plan
plan will include the results of the pilot projects; recommendations to
improve the street design process in Saint Paul. This report will help
to refine the complete streets design process for the City, and will
also be an educational tool that provides examples of the principles of
balancing transportation modes as applied to specific streets to create
complete street designs.
The City held a workshop, on August 28, 2012, with the Transportation
Committee of the Planning Commission, District Council staff, and a
multidisciplinary team of City staff to guide the content and goals of
the Street Design Manual.
A draft outline and sample page were presented to the Transportation Committee of the Planning Commission on January 29, 2013.
Better Block on East 7th Street
A “Better Block” event was held on June 8, 2013 on East 7th Street
between Margaret and Arcade Streets. The Better Block event builds on
the “Make it Happen” initiatives of East 7th, and will illustrate the
City of Saint Paul’s Street Design Manual by temporarily transforming an
existing block into a “Complete Street”, with walkable and bikeable
amenities and pop-up businesses.
Watch our summary Better Block Video !
Several pilot street design workshops were completed in 2013 as part of
the Street Design Manual project. Projects were selected from identified
in completed citywide or neighborhood plans and studies. The workshops
focused on a particular street, intersection, or area, and resulting in a
preliminary design with prioritized street improvements. The goals of
the pilot projects are to test the Street Design Manual in a workshop
setting to create an opportunity to refine it before it is finalized,
and to advance complete streets design in a variety of locations
throughout the city.
The complete draft Street Design Manual
was introduced to the Transportation Committee on July 14, 2014. The
draft manual will continue to be edited until it is released for public
comment and a public hearing date is set by Planning Commission.
A public hearing will be held at the Saint Paul Planning Commission, the date has not been set.