Snelling Avenue South Zoning Study

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Cities, including the City of Saint Paul, use zoning to regulate land use and scale of development. Zoning studies are a formal review of existing zoning districts within a defined area to determine if new zoning for some parcels would be appropriate. The goal is to optimize zoning for both existing uses and for development and investment consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan and with applicable area plans such as neighborhood plans.

In July 2015, the Saint Paul Planning Commission initiated the Snelling Avenue South Zoning Study. The study was initiated in anticipation of the opening of the A-Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Snelling Avenue (service began in June 2016) and in response to strategies included in the adopted Macalester-Groveland, Highland, and Union Park district councils' neighborhood plans

The study area includes the blocks along Snelling Avenue South between I-94 and Ford Parkway as well as the blocks along Selby Avenue, Grand Avenue, St. Clair Avenue, Randolph Avenue, and Highland Parkway within 1/4 mile of Snelling Avenue. Not all properties within the study area will be recommended for rezoning.

Process and Timeline

The informal portion of the zoning study included staff work and consultation with the community, District Councils, and Planning Commission.

The formal review of the Zoning Study includes several steps:

The Planning Commission, based on a recommendation from the Neighborhood Planning Committee, released the study for public review and held a public hearing date on May 19, 2017, and accepted written comments on the study’s recommendations until Friday, May 26, 2017. The comments received will be reviewed by the Comprehensive Planning Committee beginning on June 13, 2107, and the committee may make changes to the study’s recommendations. Once the Committee has finalized the study, it is sent back to the full Planning Commission, with a recommendation as to whether or not the proposed zoning changes should be made.

The full Planning Commission then votes on the recommendation, which is sent on to the Mayor and City Council for consideration. If City Council decides to consider the zoning changes, they will hold a public hearing on the matter. They City Council may make changes to the recommendations and can adopt the zoning changes in full, in part, or not at all. Once the City Council has voted on any zoning change, it goes to the Mayor for final signature.

A projected timeline for the Snelling Avenue South Zoning Study is shown below. Depending on input received, the zoning study may take longer.

Informational Materials

Meeting Presentation Materials: Presentation Slides

Existing Conditions and Potential Rezonings

Zoning Comparisons and Background Information

District Council Meetings

Union Park District Council
October 17, 2017, 6:30 PM
Epsicopal Homes
1860 University Avenue

Highland District Council
October 18, 2017, 6:30 PM
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway

Mac-Groveland Community Council
October 26, 2017, 6:30 PM
Groveland Recreation Center
2021 St. Clair Avenue