The City was awarded a TIGER II planning grant from the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) to develop a Complete Streets Plan that focuses on creating tools to implement the complete streets policies the City passed as part of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. More information on these policies can be found here:

The two main products of this effort are the Saint Paul Street Design Manual and the Complete Streets Action Plan, which were approved on October 14, 2016. The process of developing these documents is summarized in a report to Transportation Committee. Download the report here.

Street Design Manual

The purpose of the Street Design Manual is to illustrate street design best practices and to implement adopted complete streets policies. Complete streets policies require that the needs of all street users, of all ages and abilities, be considered in the process of street design. This is the first Street Design Manual for the City and is intended to help streamline the City’s internal street design processes by developing a toolbox for street design and by providing a clear framework for street design processes. Download the Street Design Manual here.

Complete Streets Action Plan

The action plan includes recommendations to improve the street design process in Saint Paul. The plan’s recommendations are based on issues that were identified during the process of developing the Street Design Manual. Download the Final Complete Streets Action Plan here.

Past Events

Date Group Purpose
August 28, 2012 Transportation Committee of the Planning Commission, District Council staff Workshop to guide the content and goals of the Street Design Manual
January 8, 2013 Union Park District Council - Land Use Committee Introduction to project and feedback for Lynnhurst Avenue pilot workshop
January 29, 2013 Transportation Committee Review outline and sample page
January 31, 2013 Union Park District Council, Episcopal Homes Lynnhurst Avenue pilot workshop

April 5, 2013

Planning Commission Project update
May 21, 2013 Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities Informational meeting and initial feedback
June 3, 2013 Jackson Elementary, Saint Paul Police Department Jackson Elementary pilot workshop
June 4, 2013 Macalester-Groveland Community Council, Summit Hill Association, Grand Avenue Business Association Grand Avenue pilot workshop
June 8, 2013 Dayton’s Bluff Community Council Better Block on East 7th Street pilot event (video)
August 13, 2013 Highland District Council Ford Parkway pilot workshop
August 22, 2013 Union Park District Council Cretin Avenue pilot workshop
December 10, 2013 Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation Informational meeting
July 14, 2014 Transportation Committee Review draft Street Design Manual
November 18, 2014 Engineers’ Society of Saint Paul Informational meeting
March 12, 2015 Heritage Reservation Commission Review draft Street Design Manual
March 21, 2016 Transportation Committee Review final draft of Complete Streets Manual and draft Complete Streets Action Plan
April 15, 2016 Planning Commission Release Street Design Manual and Complete Streets Action Plan for public review
May 27, 2016 Planning Commission Public hearing
June 27, 2016 Transportation Committee Approve Street Design Manual and Complete Streets Action Plan
July 8, 2016 Planning Commission Approve Street Design Manual and Complete Streets Action Plan
October 12, 2016 City Council Approve Street Design Manual and Complete Streets Action Plan

Last Edited: November 16, 2023