Zoning Studies

Religious Accessory Uses Zoning Study

The City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed text amendments to Saint Paul’s Zoning Code regarding Religious Uses and Accessory Uses on Wednesday January 12, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. Please see the December 10 memo to the Planning Commission for more information. Comments may be submitted in writing to the City Council via Contact-Council@ci.stpaul.mn.us. Questions to City Planner Bill Dermody at 651-266-6617 or Bill.Dermody@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

Parking Study

In Saint Paul, most properties must have a certain amount of off-street parking. These “minimum parking requirements” have serious impacts on housing affordability, business flexibility, economic development and climate change. Updating these requirements was identified for study by the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and a 2018 Planning Commission resolution. Additionally, the City’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan cites reducing off-street parking requirements and encouraging alternative modes of transportation as strategies to reduce greenhouse gases.

Planning staff have proposed two options ("reduce") and (“eliminate”) for the Planning Commission to recommend to the City Council for adoption.

The public comment period has been extended to Sunday, May 9 via Microsoft Forms. Questions can be sent to Tony Johnson, Senior City Planner, and Menaka Mohan, Principal City Planner, at ParkingStudy@stpaul.gov.

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1-4 Housing Infill Study

Saint Paul’s Zoning Code controls how much housing can be built in certain parts of the City. These requirements make it difficult to build enough new housing to fix Saint Paul’s current housing shortage. City Council Resolution 18-1204 and the 2040 Comprehensive Plan call for studying ways to allow more housing in all areas of the City.

The 1-4 Unit Infill Study will have two phases. The first phase started in Spring 2020. Community engagement will begin in Summer 2020.

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Major Redevelopment Sites

Ford Site/Highland Bridge

The Ford Site is 135 acres of land along the Mississippi River and the former home of Ford Motor Companies' Twin Cities Assembly Plant. After closure, the City of Saint Paul and multiple partners spent a decade engaging with the community, studying environmental impacts, and approving a final plan for the site's redevelopment. Ryan Companies, as master developer of the site, will be charged with executing the City's plan of a new connected, livable, mixed-use neighborhood with clean technologies and high-quality design for energy, buildings, and infrastructure. It will be woven into the existing community; support walking, biking, and transit; and provide services, jobs, and activities that every generation can enjoy.

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The Hillcrest Master Plan will determine future land uses and a new street network for the 112-acre former golf course on Saint Paul’s East Side. In 2019, the Saint Paul City Council approved bonds for the Saint Paul Port Authority to purchase the site. The Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) will lead the master plan process, in collaboration with community members, consultants, and the Port Authority. Community engagement throughout the process will outline how to build opportunity and community wealth on the redeveloped Hillcrest site – bringing more housing, jobs, and public amenities.

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Minnesota United FC, a North American Soccer League team, constructed a 20,000 seat major league soccer (MLS) stadium at I-94 and Snelling Avenue, as part of a planned and coordinated redevelopment of the entire 34.5 acre site that also includes the Midway Shopping Center (property owned by private landowner RK Midway). The goal is to create a new urban village surrounding the stadium that includes retail, office, residential and public open space uses, recognizing that this development will take place in phases over time.

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Last Edited: January 20, 2022