Current Activities

Transportation Planning/Studies

West 7th and Shepard Road Access Options Study

Complete Streets Plan

Selby-Western Parking Study

Area Plans

Rice Street - Larpenteur Avenue Gateway Study

Zoning Studies/Amendments

Short Term Rental Study and Proposed Zoning Amendments

Green Line Accessory Dwelling Unit Zoning Text Amendment

Snelling Avenue South Zoning Study

Ward 3 Residential Standards Zoning Study

Outdoor Commercial Uses Zoning Study

Alternative Financial Establishments

Major Redevelopment Sites

West Side Flats

Ford Site Redevelopment

Snelling-Midway Redevelopment Site


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. Ultimately, the guidelines will be adopted as an amendment to the Downtown Station Area Plan, a part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

Download the draft guidelines

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Central Station Block Design Guidelines on Friday, April 21,  2017  at 8:30 a.m. in Room 40 of City Hall/Courthouse. 

Interested persons are welcome to address the Planning Commission at its hearing on April 21, 2017, or written comments may be sent before April 21, 2017 to Lucy Thompson at or 1300 City Hall Annex, 25 W. 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN,  55102.  Any questions can also be directed to Ms. Thompson at 651.266.6578.

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