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Amendments to Chapter 64 - Signs
Amendments to Chapter 64 - Signs were approved by the council on December 14, 2011. Amendments to the code are available through the City Council Web site. The full-text of the Planning Commission study is available online and questions can be directed to  or 651-266-6618.

St. Anthony Park Como 2030 Small Area Plan and Zoning Study
The District 12 St. Anthony Park Community Council has recommended and submitted the draft St. Anthony Park Como 2030 Small Area Plan and Zoning Study to the city for consideration and adoption.  The study area includes all parcels within 150 feet of Como Avenue between Highway 280 and the U of M transitway. The draft can be viewed here, with proposed rezoning shown on page 9 and details on pages 10-12.  The Saint Paul Planning Commission approved the Plan and Zoning Study on January 7, 2011.  For further information contact Allan Torstenson.

Smith Avenue Revitalization Plan
The Smith Avenue Revitalization Plan was approved by the Planning Commission on August 5, 2011 and by the CIty Council on September 28, 2011. It has been adopted as an amendment to the Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan with approval from the Metropolitan Council on January 19, 2012. For further information contact or 651-266-6618.

Highland Village Rezoning Study
On May 21, 2011, a set of property rezonings took effect in Highland Village along Ford Parkway and Cleveland Avenue. View a list of rezoned properties and a map of the adopted property rezonings

The rezonings follow a 9-month study to evaluate Traditional Neighborhood district zoning as a means to allow more mixed use development and enhanced design standards in the Highland Village commercial area.  The City Council approved the rezonings on April 13, 2011, following public hearings at the Planning Commission and City Council. An informational presentation and the Highland Village Zoning Study Report provide more background.  Questions to: Merritt Clapp-Smith (651)-266-6547 at .  

Design Standards Zoning Amendments
After holding two public hearings on May 22 and June 5, 2009, the Planning Commission reviewed the public testimony and staff responses, and recommended approval of the design standards zoning amendments on October 16, 2009.  The City Council held a public hearing on December 16, 2009, and approved the zoning amendments on December 23, 2009. For more information on the design standards zoning amendments ordinance, click here.

Signs with Dynamic Display
A public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Zoning Code regarding Signs with Dynamic Display concluded on December 2, 2009.  The City Council voted on December 9, 2010 to adopt a substitute ordinance

Currency Exchange Zoning Study and Amendments
The City Council placed a moratorium on the establishment of new currency exchanges and industrial loan and thrift companies on January 13, 2010, so that a zoning study could be conducted in order to determine the effectiveness of the current municipal code in regulating such businesses. The Planning Commission recommended the study’s findings, including amendments to the zoning code, and it was approved by the City Council in October, and the ordinance became effective on January 5, 2011.

For further information contact Patricia James.

Zoning Fee Study and Amendments
The Saint Paul Planning Commission recently completed a study of fees charged by the departments of Planning & Economic Development and Safety & Inspections for zoning reviews and applications. The study included applications reviewed by both the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Commission as well as administrative reviews conducted by staffs in each department. The study looked the cost to process each type of application compared to the existing fees. Fees were also compared to similar fees charged by the cities of Bloomington and Minneapolis.

The results of the study were incorporated into an ordinance that was recommended by the Planning Commission and approved by the City Council on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

For further information, contact .

Lower Afton Station Area Plan for Red Rock Corridor
In November 2011, the City Council approved the Lower Afton Station Area plan. The purpose is to plan for an improved park and ride facility to accommodate expanded bus service that may transition to commuter rail in the Red Rock Corridor.

The plan addresses an area approximately 1/4 mile around the proposed future commuter rail station. Topics include multi-modal transportation access, platform location, and cultural, historical, and environmental context. Long-term concepts include a low-profile 275-stall parking facility located north of Lower Afton Road, and a pedestrian bridge over Highway 61 to the rail platform. The plan also calls for restoring and enhancing green space, as well as connecting to local and regional trails and parks.

Digital Zoning Maps

The City of Saint Paul’s Official Zoning Map has transitioned from a paper format to an electronic-based (geographic information systems, or GIS) map. The new zoning map replaced the previous black and white map panel format. An interactive version of the map is available on the City's GISmo page.  The new GIS zoning maps became the official zoning map on January 5, 2011.

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