Community Engagement

Overview

Since 2007, the City has been seeking the community and other stakeholders’ visions and priorities for the Ford site. The thousands of ideas and suggestions that we have received over the past 10 years, and through more than 140 public meetings of all sizes, have shaped the redevelopment framework for the site.

Ultimately, when the site is complete, it should demonstrate that we can connect people through multiple forms of transit, that community energy needs can be met on site, and that jobs, people and green space can interact to create a vibrant and livable place to work and live. - Mayor Chris Coleman

Upcoming meetings

The City of Saint Paul, along with community partners, has evaluated key urban design and planning activities that focus on energy, jobs, transportation, and zoning ahead of Ford Land's national request for proposals to attract a master developer for the site.

Formal review process

The Ford Site Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan was officially adopted by the City of Saint Paul and signed by Mayor Chris Coleman in September 2017.

 City Council Review

The Saint Paul City Council accepted formal public comments on the Ford Site Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan from August 21 - September 26, and held a public hearing on September 20. On September 27, 2017, the City Council voted 5 to 2 to approve the plan and forward it to Mayor Chris Coleman for final review and adoption by the City. On September 28, 2017 Mayor Chris Coleman signed off on the master plan and zoning ordinance.

  • September 27, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. - The City Council held an additional public hearing and voted to approve the plan and forward it to Mayor Chris Coleman.
  • September 20, 2017 - Public Hearing at City Council
  • September 6 and 13 at 3:30 p.m. - City Council announces review of Ford Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan, with public hearing to be held on September 20 (This is called the “1st Reading” and “2nd Reading” on the Council agenda – they are not public hearings.)

Planning Commission Review

The Saint Paul Planning Commission accepted formal public comments on the Ford Site redevelopment's Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan from June 19-July 3, and held a public hearing on June 30. In July 2017, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the Master Plan and forward it to the Saint Paul City Council and Mayor Chris Coleman for further review and adoption.

  • July 28, 2017 - The Planning Commission recommended the Ford Site Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan draft and related Zoning Code amendments with a few revisions to the City Council for review. Planning Commission review and related materials are posted below under meeting dates on the Planning Commission webpage.
  • July 11, 2017 - Comprehensive and Neighborhood Planning Committees (subcommittee of Planning Commission members) reviewed Draft Plan and hearing comments and made recommendation for minor changes to the Plan to be reviewed by the full Planning Commission.  Materials reviewed for the meeting are posted on the Planning Commission webpage under the July 11 committee agenda.
  • June 30, 2017 - Public hearing held at Planning Commission on draft Plan; public hearing record is closed and all hearing comments posted below for the meeting date. 
  • May 19, 2017 - Draft Plan released by Planning Commission for public comment.

Public meetings - upcoming and past

Video: Former Ford Site Getting Prepped for Redevelopment

Youthful ideas - What to do with the redeveloped Ford site? Highland Catholic School 5th and 8th graders shared their inspiration!