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

Westgate Public Realm Plan

The Westgate LRT station area includes several properties south of Franklin Ave. and west of Highway 280 that are undergoing redevelopment.  The City of Saint Paul, in partnership with the Saint Paul Riverfront Corp. and assisted by the urban design firm UDA, have developed a public realm plan focused on this area.  Several workshops and meetings were held with property owners, developers and members of the community to inform the work.  Draft concepts resulting from the workshops are available here.  A final report is being developed and will be available soon.  If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Anton Jerve by email or call him at 651-266-6567.

Zoning Studies/Amendments

Proposed Short-Term Rental Zoning Code Amendments and Licensing

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.

The Planning Commission held 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 and took action on May 19 to forward a recommendation for approval to City Council. City Council then adopted the document on June 7, 2017.

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