On June 19, 2019, the City of Saint Paul's City Council approved the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.  It now must be reviewed and approved by the Metropolitan Council before becoming final.  The approvals come after a multi-year process with extensive community engagement.

In 2016, the City of Saint Paul launched a multi-year process to update its Comprehensive Plan. In 2016, we spoke to over 2,000 people as a part of an extensive community engagement process to draft a forward-thinking vision to guide the city’s development over the next 20 years.  In 2017 and 2018, the plan was drafted and additional outreach was conducted with district councils and via two open houses in June 2018.  Additionally in 2018, initial feedback on the draft was received from the Metropolitan Council and adjacent cities and overlapping organizations like the Port Authority and watershed districts.

On March 22, 2019, the Saint Paul Planning Commission held a public hearing and, after incorporating revisions based on public comment, recommended approval of the draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan citywide chapters and forwarded it to the City Council for their review.  The City Council held a public hearing on May 15, 2019 and then approved the plan on June 19, 2019.  The plan as submitted to the City Council can be viewed in-full here, or by topic/chapter here.​  

The Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) chapter followed a different track, ultimately also being approved by the City Council on June 19, 2019. 


Upcoming milestones

The City of Saint Paul anticipates following the schedule outlined below to formally adopt the Comprehensive Plan. All dates are preliminary and will be formally scheduled at a later date - sign up for emails to receive the official dates when they are set.

  • Submitted to the Metropolitan Council – June 28, 2019

Last Edited: July 30, 2019