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 neighborhood-scale housing in all areas of Saint Paul. To accomplish this goal, the City of Saint Paul has initiated the 1-4 Unit Housing Study.
The 1-4 Unit Housing Study has two phases:
- Phase 1 of the study focused on small housing, accessory dwelling units, and small parcels. These amendments to the zoning code were adopted by the City Council on January 19, 2022, in City Council Ordinance 22-1 and went into effect March 5, 2022.
- Phase 2, the broader and more in-depth part of the work, is focused on evaluating additional zoning flexibility to support greater housing diversity. Following technical analysis and community engagement, staff drafting of a proposal, a public hearing at Planning Commission, review of public comments, and a recommendation by the Planning Commission on August 18, 2023, the City is now initiating the City Council phase in September - October 2023.