Zoning Committee


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

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 651-266-9008image)
  • 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.


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 (Word) 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.

  • Melanie McMahon
  • Dan Edgerton
  • Kyle Makarios
  • Paula Merrigan
  • Gaius Nelson (Chair)
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Reveal
  • Barbara Wencl
  • David Wickiser


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

2016 Zoning and Planning Commission Meeting Schedule

January 14, 2016 Meeting Canceled    
January 28, 2016 16-000-819 Jamestown Homes LLLP

Summary packet (draft resolutions)

February 11, 2016 16-005-448 Habitat for Humanity
16-005-089 Stone House Tap Room (parking)

Summary packet (draft resolutions
and additional information received)

February 25, 2016 16-009-696 Wilson Ridge Apartments

Summary packet (draft resolutions)

March 10, 2016 16-009-038 Victoria Park Apartments Phase 3

Summary packet (additional information)

March 24, 2016

16-012-584 72 Cesar Chavez
Revised staff report
16-016-050 Moises Romo
16-015-194 Victoria Park Apartments Phase 3 (Appeal of Planning Administrator approval)

Summary packet (draft resolutions and additional information received)
April 7, 2016 16-016-050 Moises Romo
15-138-929 Mike and Joelle Olson
16-020-352 HRA (952 Farrington)
Summary packet (draft resolutions and additional information received)
April 21, 2016 16-024-246 R. Scott Ramsay Summary
Summary packet (draft resolutions and additional information received)
May 5, 2016 16-016-050 Moises Romo Summary
Summary packet (draft resolution and additional information received)
May 19, 2016 Meeting Canceled    
June 2, 2016 

16-034-211 Zafar Khamdamov
16-036-037 Mylan Sleets
16-037-270 T.V. Eklund LLC
16-037-573 CNS Services  (withdrawn)

Summary packet (draft resolutions)
June 16, 2016

16-042-322 The Raymond Apartments
16-041-863 Hmong Village

Summary packet (draft resolutions and additional information received)
June 30, 2016 16-045-577 128 Cafe
16-047-372 Head House Parks Facility (Revised)
16-047-663 Rebuilding Together
16-047-523 Pat Nseumen
16-047-815 Saint Paul Public Safety Training Facility
Summary packet (draft resolutions and additional information received)
July 14, 2016 16-051-111 Samir Raval

Summary packet (draft resolution and additional information)

July 28, 2016 16-053-108 St. Paul Leased Housing Associates VIII
16-053-250 Open Cities Health Center Inc.
16-057-512 Minnesota United Soccer Stadium
Summary packet (draft resolution and additional information)
August 11, 2016 16-059-563 Donald and Alice Olson
16-060-038 E-Z Masonry Inc.
16-060-576 Phalenview Real Estate LLC

Summary packet (draft resolution and additional information)

August 25, 2016 (revised) 16-064-562 St. Paul Tennis Club (withdrawn)
16-064-802 St. Paws (postponed until September 22, 2016)
Summary packet (additional information)
September 8, 2016 Meeting Canceled    
September 22, 2016 16-064-802 St. Paws Summary
Summary packet (draft resolution)
October 5, 2016 Meeting Canceled    

***meeting is on a Tuesday

2015 Zoning Committee Meetings
2014 Zoning Committee Meetings
2013 Zoning Committee Meetings