Near East Side Planning Process
The Saint Paul Planning Commission passed a resolution in November 2010 initiating the Near East Side Task Force and planning process. The resolution states that the goal of the Near East Side Plan is to determine how lands within the study boundaries can be used to enhance and sustain the economic, social and physical prosperity of the city’s Near East Side. See the map for the study boundaries (green area). A more specific charge to the Task Force was to focus on specific, implement-able, economic and community development action steps. The outcome is a strategy document that includes a block-by-block assessment of key business needs as well as a block-by-block assessment of real estate development opportunities (including vacant building rehabilitation/re-occupancy and possible new development projects).
- On September 26th, the Saint Paul City Council approved, subject to Metropolitan Council approval, the Near East Side Roadmap document and related zoning study. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the draft document on May 18, 2012.The City Council held a public hearing on September 19, 2012.
- A Zoning Study was conducted as part of the Near East Side Task Force process. City staff analysis of proposed zoning impacts on existing uses is being completed during November-December 2011. A stakeholder meeting was held on January 17th. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the draft document on May 18, 2012. The City Council held a public hearing on September 19, 2012. The zoning code amendments were adopted at the September 26th City Council meeting..
- A Commercial Building Subcommittee met every two weeks from May to early September 2011 to determine, more specifically, a commercial real estate strategy for buildings and key blocks within the study area (modeled after previous efforts for Rice Street and Payne Ave). The follow factors were considered: ownership; current uses; vacant parcels and vacant buildings; needs for aesthetic improvements or renovations to buildings; zoning; parking available or needed; and possible new uses. A community meeting to learn about these ideas and give input occurred Oct. 12th at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 655 Forest St (corner of Forest and Margaret St)
- The U of MN's Carlson School of Business Graduate Volunteer Consultants has completed a market research and corridor revitalization study for the East 7th Street corridor.
The Near East Side Task Force was chaired by Planning Commission co-chair Barb Wencl, and a neighborhood co-chair from the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, Jane Prince. The Planning Commission resolution that initiated the preparation of the plan and formation of the Near East Side Task Force stated that the following stakeholder groups should be represented:
- Dayton's Bluff Community Council (District 4)
- Payne-Phalen District Five Planning Council
- Representatives of North East Neighborhoods Development Corporation and Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services
- Legislative aides from Wards 6 and 7
- HealthEast Medical Transportation
- Developer of the historic core of the Beacon Bluff site (Ironton Assets LLC)
- Metropolitan State University
- Historic Saint Paul
- Commercial property owners and/or business owners (owner of Hamm Brewery site north of Minnehaha, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the St. Paul Port Authority, and potentially others)
- Representatives of a local business association
- Hmong American Partnership
- Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)
- Task Force dates: 2011: March 29, April 19, May 10, June 14, September 13, October 11, November 15; 2012: Jan. 31 and Feb. 28. All meetings to start at 5:00 PM; location at Dayton's Bluff Community Council offices (798 E. 7th St).
- A large public meeting to learn more and provide input was held Oct. 12, 2011 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Draft commercial buildings recommendations for East 7th St were presented and a discussion occurred. See materials from the event below.
- A second large public meeting was held on January 17, 2012 to present initial recommendations for the Near East Side Rezoning Study. City staff presented the Task Force rationale for the proposed rezonings, and property owners were able to ask questions and make comments about the proposals.
Jake Reilly, Department of Planning and Economic Development, 652-266-6618 or email
Background of study
In November 2010, the City of Saint Paul Planning Commission initiated a study and planning process for an area centered on E. 7th Street between Maria on the west and Johnson Park ay on the east. Dubbed the “Near East Side,” a community task force began meeting in March 2011 to develop a community development strategy for the area. This study has included a block-by-block assessment of real estate development opportunities (including vacant building rehabilitation and possible new development projects), as well as focus on ways to enhance the appearance of the business district including existing storefronts and the design of the streetscape. As a part of the draft recommendations, the Task Force made initial recommendations for several property-specific rezonings.
The final step in the process is to hold public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council on recommended changes in the zoning of individual properties. Map of properties proposed for rezoning (1/17/12).
All property owners in the study area were notified by mail of whether or not any changes are proposed for their property. Map of properties proposed for rezoning, version 2 (1/31/12). Map of properties proposed for rezoning, version 3 (2.28.12).
This version was considered by the Planning Commission at a public hearing on May 18, 2012 (8:30 AM, City Hall, Rooms 40 A & B). All property owners whose property is proposed for zoning changes in the study area were notified by mail about this public hearing. Map of properties proposed for rezoning, version 4 (8.01.2012).This version will be considered by the City Council at a public hearing Sept. 19, 2012 (5:30 PM, City Hall, Council Chambers). All property owners whose property is proposed for zoning changes in the study area will be notified by mail about this public hearing. Rationale for rezonings.
Opportunities for Public Input
A public meeting to consider changes to the zoning classification on individual properties was held Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 655 Forest St. Meeting flyer
Planning Commission public hearing was held on May 18, 2012. (8:30 AM, City Hall, Rooms 40 A & B).
City Council public hearing was held September 19, 2012 (5:30 PM, City Hall, Council Chambers)
Meeting materials from January 17, 2012: Meeting agenda. Presentation - community meeting on Near East property-specific rezonings - rationale and discussion with property owners. Map of properties proposed for rezoning in study area (1/17/12) Map of current zoning in study area. List of properties in study area proposed for rezoning (1/17/12) List of uses permitted by zoning districts. List of Traditional Neighborhood Zoning district design standards. Comparison sheet: B3 vs. IR vs. I1.
January-February 2012: The Near East Task Force reviewed public input on their initial rezoning recommendations, and finalized the recommendations. The Task Force also reviewed and recommended for approval to the City the Near East Side Roadmap document. March 28, 2012: The Neighborhood Planning Committee of the Planning Commission reviewed the Roadmap & proposed rezonings, and recommended a public hearing before the Planning Commission on May 18, 2012. May 18, 2012. Planning Commission public hearing on the proposed rezonings and roadmap document. June-August 2012: The Neighborhood Planning Committee will review the public testimony and make a recommendation to the Planning Commission; the Planning Commission will review the Neighborhood Planning Committee's recommendation and make a final recommendation to the City Council on the Roadmap & proposed rezonings. September 2012: The City Council will review the Plannign Commission recommendation on the Roadmap & proposed rezonings. The City Council will also hold a public hearing on the proposed rezonings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be able to keep my business in operation at my property if my zoning changes?
Changes in zoning classification will primarily affect property owners who decide to construct a new building. A change to the zoning classification will have no effect on existing businesses that want to remain indefinitely. Will I be able to keep my house as it is today at my property if my zoning changes?
Changes in zoning classification will primarily affect property owners who decide to construct a new building. A change to the zoning classification will have no effect on existing homes that want to remain indefinitely. How many properties would be impacted by these proposals? Of 358 properties in the Near East Side study area, 128 are proposed for rezoning (i.e., 90 property owners), while 230 are proposed to remain with the current zoning district (i.e., 144 property owners). More answers to FAQs HERE.
Atención. Si desea recibir asistencia gratuita para traducir esta información, envíe un correo electrónico a email@example.com
Haddii aad dooneyso in lagaa kaalmeeyo turjumidda akhbaartan, email u dir firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ceebtoom. Yog koj xav tau kev pab txhais daim ntawv no, email email@example.com.