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 (large download).

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 Draft Complete Streets Action Plan here.

Past Events




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, St. 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

St. 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: December 4, 2017