Zoning Committee

Background

The Zoning Committee is a sub-committee of the Planning Commission. It advises the Planning Commission on:

  • Amendments to the Zoning Code
  • Determinations of similar use, conditional uses, nonconforming uses, and rezonings
  • You may submit these types of applications by Email to our zoning section in the Department of Planning and Economic Development.

Overview of Zoning

Zoning is a system of land use regulation based on a written ordinance and mapped zoning districts. The uses permitted on a parcel of land depend on its zoning district classification. The zoning map identifies the zoning classification of the property, and the text explains the uses permitted and other related regulations. The text portion of Saint Paul’s zoning code is found in Title VIII (Chapters 60-69) of the City’s Legislative Code. Zoning maps are available as a set of 24 panels in PDF format that covers the entire city. The PDF panels are normally updated on an annual basis, with additional updates after larger-scale zoning studies are approved.

The City also has a property information look up feature to find the zoning classification and other information for a property if you have its street address.

Administration of zoning regulations is split between the departments of Safety and Inspections and Planning and Economic Development. There is a filing fee associated with each zoning application and appeal. The Board of Zoning Appeals and Zoning Committee agendas and minutes may be received automatically when updated through the City's e-subscription service.

Zoning Frequently Asked Questions

Role of the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI)

A good deal of general zoning information, including descriptions of various types of zoning applications, application forms, and schedules can be found on the DSI zoning website.

The Zoning Administrator’s Office is located in DSI and is responsible for:

  • Providing general zoning information to the public (call 651-266-9008)
  • Daily administration of the zoning code
  • Staffing the Board of Zoning Appeals and handling zoning variance applications
  • Issuing sign permits, and
  • Site plan review, as well as other functions

Role of the Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED)

PED zoning responsibilities include staffing the Planning Commission for reviewing:

Public hearings on these applications are held before the Zoning Committee of the Planning Commission. The full Commission takes action on each application the following week. PED zoning staff also coordinates the City’s review of subdivisions, including plats and lot splits. Plats require a public hearing before the City Council; lot splits are approved administratively.

Appeals

Decisions of the Planning Commission may be appealed to the City Council. Appeals must be filed within 10 days of the Planning Commission's decision on the Zoning Appeal form and need to state the errors of fact, procedure, or finding on which the appeal is based. When filing an appeal, you must also pay a filing fee.

Zoning Committee Details

The following Planning Commission members comprise the Zoning Committee.

  • Cedrick Baker
  • Anne DeJoy
  • Dan Edgerton-Chair
  • Kristine Grill
  • Nathaniel Hood
  • William (Bill) Lindeke
  • Christopher Ochs
  • Luis Rangel Morales

Meetings

The Zoning Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. every other Thursday in City Council Chambers (3rd floor, City Hall) unless otherwise noted below.

2020 Zoning and Planning Commission Meeting Schedule

AGENDAS PACKETS RESULTS MINUTES
January 2, 2020 MEETING CANCELLED    
January 16, 2020 19-111-186 863 Watson
19-106-417 Luther Seminary South Campus Improvements
19-103-751 Taco Bell - WITHDRAWN BY APPLICANT
Summary
Summary packet (draft resolutions & additional information)
1/16/20
January 30, 2020 20-004-207 315 Fisk St. N & 820 Concordia Rezone
19-111-705 Maryland Tobacco Depot Expansion
20-002-999 Glen Brown-Lowe Rezone
20-003-092 Glen Brown-Lowe Variance
Summary
Summary packet (draft resolutions & additional information)
1/30/20
February 13, 2020 Regularly scheduled meeting is cancelled. The Zoning Committee will review a staff proposal regarding equity and Comprehensive Plan guidance for zoning applications, followed by a discussion
Equity Guide for Comprehensive Plan Consistency in Zoning Applications
  Action Minutes
February 27, 2020 MEETING CANCELLED    
March 12, 2020

20-013-859 2225 University Ave
20-009-995 Ford Districts Zoning Code Amendments & 20-010-013 Ford Site Master Plan Amendments
20-011-817 Ford Site Master Site Plan

Summary
Summary packet (*draft resolution & additional information)
draft resolutions for #20-009-995 and #20-010-013

3/12/20
March 26, 2020

The Zoning Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting for March 26, 2020 has been postponed. In coordination with public health guidance surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.02, it is currently neither practical nor prudent to hold in-person meetings of the Zoning Committee.
The Committee intends to meet at the City Hall Conference Center, Room 40, 15 Kellogg Boulevard West during the next scheduled meeting of April 9, 2020 and will take up the agenda of its March 26, 2020 meeting at that time.  If circumstances require the manner and/or location of this meeting to change, notice will be provided as required by law.  

   

April 9, 2020

20-018-602 Told Development
20-018-721 Bandana Blvd. Housing Ramp (rezone)
20-018-744 Bandana Blvd. Housing Ramp (variance)
20-015-283 Charles Belcher
  corrected site plan for 20-015-283

Summary
Draft Resolutions
4/9/20
April 23, 2020 20-021-233 337 7th St W 4/23/20
May 7, 2020 20-027-532 MS Relocation Services, Inc.
20-025-230 (rezone) and 20-025-243 (CUP & variance) V V Property, LLC
5/7/20
May 21, 2020 20-031-121 978 Front Rezoning
20-030-713 2383 University Avenue
20-029-704 TJL Development (rezone)
20-029-745 TJL Development (variances)
 
June 4, 2020 MEETING CANCELLED    
June 18, 2020      

 

2019 Zoning Committee Meetings

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2016 Zoning Committee Meetings

2015 Zoning Committee Meetings

2014 Zoning Committee Meetings