Design standards support the development of a walkable, pedestrian and bike-friendly built environment, and encourage a sense of place. They impact how the faces of buildings meet the street, what exterior building materials should be used, and landscaping. In 2017, the City Council directed the creation of design standards when it adopted the Ford Site Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan (Ford Site Master Plan). The Ford Site design standards will be added to the Ford Site Master Plan, with Zoning Code amendments necessary for consistency.

View the Design Standards Draft

Process and Timeline

The City Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 5:30 PM in City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard.

All comments concerning the proposed design standards and zoning text amendments will be heard at this hearing. Comments submitted in writing should be addressed to:

Saint Paul City Council
15 Kellogg Blvd. West, 310 City Hall
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Comments submitted by email can be sent to  All public testimony must include a physical street address to be included as part of the public record

July 26, 2019Planning Commission

July 26 Planning Commission Agenda

July 26 Action Minutes

CNPC Design Standards Recommendations

June 28, 2019Planning Commission (Public Hearing)

June 28 Planning Commission Agenda

June 28 Action Minutes

Ford Site Design Standards Public Hearing Presentation

Ford Site Design Standard Public Comments

May 31, 2019Planning Commission

May 31 Planning Commission Agenda

May 31 Planning Commission Action Minutes

CNPC Design Standards Recommendation

May 26, 2019Comprehensive and Neighborhood Planning Committee (CNPC)

May 26 Comprehensive and Neighborhood Planning Committee (CNPC) Agenda

CNPC Design Standards Staff Report

April 23, 2019City of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development (Public Open House)

Ford Site Design Standards Boards

Ford Site Design Standards Presentation

Last Edited: June 27, 2024