2040 Comprehensive Plan

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan is Saint Paul’s “blueprint” for guiding development in the city over the next 20 years. It was adopted in 2020 after several years of community engagement, interdepartmental collaboration, and Planning Commission and City Council review and approval.  The Comprehensive Plan is available at stpaul.gov/StPaul4All.

The Comprehensive Plan also includes numerous addenda: the citywide Bicycle Plan (2015), the Pedestrian Plan (2019), the Mississippi River Corridor Plan (2002), the Central Corridor Development Strategy (2007), the Downtown Development Strategy (2003), and the Great River Passage Plan (2013).

Besides citywide plans, many Small Area Plans and District Plans (or plan summaries) have also been adopted as addenda to the Comprehensive Plan (see the Neighborhood Plans page).

Consolidated Plan

Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Saint Paul, 2020-2024

The City's five-year Consolidated Plan is the document submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that serves as the planning guide for entitlements funded under the Community Planning and Development (CPD) formula to include grant programs. The grant programs are:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • Home Investment Partnership (HOME)
  • Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)

The five-year Consolidated Plan provides an assessment of the City's housing and community development needs; a Strategic Plan for addressing these needs; and a specific one-year Action Plan for the use of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants funds. The five-year Consolidated Plan is a document submitted to HUD with the intention to project and identify the comprehensive housing affordability strategy and community development needs. 

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Great River Passage 

The Great River Passage Master Plan (or master plan) presents recommendations for orienting the City toward the river and integrating new and enhanced parks and natural areas along all 17 miles of the Mississippi River through Saint Paul. Previous planning efforts described a broad vision for the river corridor. The Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework (1997) featured guiding principles to shape the city into the next century, the Mississippi River Corridor Plan (2001) developed four key strategies, and the Great River Park Chapter of the Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework (2007) offered a vision and principles to guide development of the river corridor. Recognizing the breadth of the planning area and cultural history of the river corridor, the Great River Park in 2011 was renamed the Great River Passage (GRP).

The Great River Passage Master Plan will be the starting point for further planning of the areas within the corridor and a mechanism for managing and funding its recommendations. All concept and vision plans included in this document are conceptual in nature, and subject to further planning, design and public input as funding becomes available. Until such time as the City purchases any of the sites or areas, or enters into a development agreement for the sites or areas, covered in the vision/concept plans, private property owners may use their properties for any legal use permitted under the current zoning classification, provided that the proposed use meets all applicable conditions and/or standards.

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Last Edited: October 14, 2021