Major Redevelopment Sites
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Effective October 3, 2015, the City of Saint Paul will enact a revised parkland dedication ordinance. Under the revised ordinance, any development that increases the number of residential dwelling units, Increases the floor area of commercial, industrial, or storage buildings, or any combination thereof, will be required to dedicate land for park space as determined by the City Council or pay a fee in lieu of dedicating land.
For newly platted land or larger developments, a consultation with the Department of Parks and Recreation should be set-up prior to proceeding beyond the initial concept stage of the project. During this consultation Parks Staff will determine the feasibility of a land dedication or if the fees would be the preferable option for your project.
Please contact Mike Kimble, with the Department of Parks and Recreation, at 651-266-6417 for more information on parkland dedication or to set-up a consultation meeting.
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. Both Planning Commission meetings are at 8:30 AM, City Hall Room 40, 15 W. Kellogg Boulevard.
- DNR Draft River Corridor Rules, June 2, 2014
- Proposed Districts Map, DNR Draft River Corridor Rules, June 2014
- Existing Saint Paul River Corridor Overlay Zoning Districts Map, June 2014
- Proposed Slope Setback Requirements Maps, DNR Draft River Corridor Rules, August 2014
- DNR Presentation to Planning Commission October 17, 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