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Hamline-Midway Reconnaissance Survey

A public meeting is being held to discuss the historic survey of properties and identification of historic contexts, development patterns and historic resources in the Hamline Midway neighborhood.  Learn more about what’s happening, what to expect, and how you might be able to contribute historical information.

The activity that is subject of this post and invitation has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflected the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.

This program received Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office for Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.

Hamline-Midway Reconnaissance Survey

  1. 62.5% of the total cost of the Hamline-Midway Reconnaissance Survey will be financed with Federal money.
  2. A $25,000 Certified Local Government Grant has been awarded to the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Planning and Economic Development to fund the Hamline-Midway Reconnaissance Survey
  3. 37.5 % of the funding for the Hamline-Midway Reconnaissance Survey  is provided through a $15,000 cash-match from the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Planning and Economic Development

Monday, February 19
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Hamline University Neighborhood Advisory Committee Business
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Hamline-Midway Reconnaissance Survey Informational Meeting

Hamline University East Hall, Room 106
1492 Hewitt Avenue

Union Park Community Plan Amendment

The Union Park Community Plan was adopted in 2016. One of the land use strategies in the plan called for the Union Park District Council and the Lexington Hamline Community Council to initiate a community process to determine priorities for the future of Selby Avenue from Ayd Mill Road to Lexington Parkway that evaluates appropriate uses and zoning districts. The community process called for in the plan took place and a new strategy addressing priorities for this stretch of Selby Avenue is proposed to be included in the plan under subsection LU1.4.

The proposed amendment states: "LU1.4 Smaller scale residential and smaller scale commercial uses are the most appropriate uses for the predominantly residential mixed-use corridor of Selby Avenue between Lexington Parkway and Ayd Mill Road. If new development should occur in this segment, it would preferably occur at existing commercially-zoned nodes."

The Saint Paul Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Union Park Community Plan Amendment on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at

City Hall, Room 40 (Basement)
15 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102

All comments concerning the Union Park Community Plan Amendment will be heard at the hearing. Comments submitted in writing should be emailed to Kady Dadlez, faxed to 651-266-6549, or addressed to

Saint Paul Planning Commission
15 West Fourth Street
Suite 1400
Saint Paul, MN 55102

View the Proposed Amendment  View the Adopted Park Plan

Southport Industrial District Study

The Southport Industrial District Study was initiated by a City Council resolution in December 2015 requesting the Planning Commission undertake a study to address safety and health issues in the area and improve the environment and livability for area residents.  Three community forums were held in 2016 and 2017 to provide information and listen to community concerns and questions.   

PED staff was joined at these forums by representatives from the Saint Paul Port Authority, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Saint Paul Department of Emergency Management, as well as representatives from Union Pacific Railroad.  The information gathered at the community forums and research conducted during this period is incorporated into the study.

The Saint Paul Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Southport Industrial District Study on Friday, January 12, 2018.

View the Study View the Public Hearing Notice View the Executive Summary

For more information, please contact Kady Dadlez at 651-266-6619 or 

Central Station Block Design Guidelines

The Central Station Block is bounded by Cedar, Minnesota, 5th and 4th streets in downtown Saint Paul.  It is the location of Central Station, one of the three busiest LRT stations along the Green Line. Preparation of the Central Station Block Design Guidelines was required as mitigation for the demolition of the First Federal Savings & Loan building, which was required to construct the Green Line tracks and station through the block. The purpose of the guidelines is to ensure that new development is compatible with the block’s location in the Urban Renewal Historic District as well as its proximity to significant buildings of the early 20th century.  They address building massing, form, height and materials of new development; they do not speak to land use. The guidelines are an amendment to the Downtown Station Area Plan, a part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

View the Guidelines

Draft Rules for Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, on June 2, 2014, published a Request for Comments on draft rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA).  The proposed rules would mandate new MRCCA zoning overlay districts and regulations to replace the districts and regulations that were adopted by the City and approved by the state in 1982.  The Planning Commission will recommend City comments after having a presentation by DNR staff on the draft rules on Friday, October 17, 2014, and holding a public hearing on the draft rules on Friday, October 31, 2014.

Climate Action Planning

In December 2015, Mayor Coleman, with the support of the City Council, signed the Compact of Mayors. Under the agreement, Saint Paul agreed to undertake an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, set emissions reduction targets, and to develop a climate action plan. Learn More