Zoning Studies

Definition of "Family" Study

Saint Paul's Zoning Code uses a definition of the term "family" to regulate the number of unrelated occupants allowed in one residential dwelling unit. The current definition was targeted for study by the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and City Council Resolution 18-1204.

On Friday, December 8, 2020, the Planning Commission made recommendations to the City Council.

City Council will review the Planning Commission's recommendation, hold a public hearing, and vote to adopt on dates yet to be determined.

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Parking Study

Saint Paul’s Zoning Code regulates the location and number of parking spaces for residential and commercial properties. Updating these regulations was identified for study by the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and a 2018 Planning Commission resolution. Additionally, the City’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan cites reducing off-street parking requirements and encouraging alternative modes of transportation as strategies to reduce greenhouse gases.

Planning staff will present the study for review to the Comprehensive and Neighborhood Planning Committee over the course of four meetings starting Wednesday, January 27, 2020. Dial in numbers and links to these virtual meetings are available on the Comprehensive and Neighborhood Planning Committee page.

Homeless Services Zoning Study

On April 30, 2021 at 8:30 a.m., the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed code amendments that would create a definition and standards for a "homeless services facility" that is not accessory to (part of a campus with) an overnight shelter or emergency housing.  Please see the March 4 Planning Commission packet for more information.  Questions to City Planner Bill Dermody at 651-266-6617 or Bill.Dermody@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

Major Redevelopment Sites

Ford Site/Highland Bridge

The Ford Site is 135 acres of land along the Mississippi River and the former home of Ford Motor Companies' Twin Cities Assembly Plant. After closure, the City of Saint Paul and multiple partners spent a decade engaging with the community, studying environmental impacts, and approving a final plan for the site's redevelopment. Ryan Companies, as master developer of the site, will be charged with executing the City's plan of a new connected, livable, mixed-use neighborhood with clean technologies and high-quality design for energy, buildings, and infrastructure. It will be woven into the existing community; support walking, biking, and transit; and provide services, jobs, and activities that every generation can enjoy.

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The Hillcrest Master Plan will determine future land uses and a new street network for the 112-acre former golf course on Saint Paul’s East Side. In 2019, the Saint Paul City Council approved bonds for the Saint Paul Port Authority to purchase the site. The Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) will lead the master plan process, in collaboration with community members, consultants, and the Port Authority. Community engagement throughout the process will outline how to build opportunity and community wealth on the redeveloped Hillcrest site – bringing more housing, jobs, and public amenities.

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Minnesota United FC, a North American Soccer League team, constructed a 20,000 seat major league soccer (MLS) stadium at I-94 and Snelling Avenue, as part of a planned and coordinated redevelopment of the entire 34.5 acre site that also includes the Midway Shopping Center (property owned by private landowner RK Midway). The goal is to create a new urban village surrounding the stadium that includes retail, office, residential and public open space uses, recognizing that this development will take place in phases over time.

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Last Edited: March 23, 2021