Current Activities

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. The current definition was targeted for study by the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and City Council Resolution 18-1204. Planning staff has proposed three updated options for the Planning Commission to recommend to the City Council for adoption.

A public hearing on the study will be on Friday, November 13 at 8:30 a.m. Comments will be accepted for Planning Commission review until Thursday, November 12, 2020 at noon.

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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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