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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


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 in two formats: as a set of 24 panels in PDF format that covers the entire city and as a layer on the City's interactive GIS mapping service (GISmo). The PDF panels are normally updated on an annual basis, with additional updates after larger-scale zoning studies are approved. They are available in color and in black and white. The GISmo zoning layer (found under "Boundaries") is updated monthly or as needed.

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 fee associated with each zoning application. 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

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 variance applications
  • Issuing sign permits, and
  • Site plan review, as well as other functions

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 this form and need to state the errors of fact, procedure, or finding on which the appeal is based.

Members
The members of the Zoning Committee are comprised of the following Planning Commission members.

Dan Edgerton
Kyle Makarios
Paula Merrigan
Gaius Nelson (Chair)
Julie Padilla
Elizabeth (Betsy) Reveal
Barbara Wencl
David Wickiser

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. 

2014 Zoning Committee Meeting Schedule


AGENDAS PACKETS RESULTS
January 2, 2014 MEETING CANCELLED
January 16, 2014 13-260-500 Ramsey County Midway Waste Site
13-260-676 Ramsey County Sims at Frank Waste Site
13-260-295 The Waters Senior Living
13-253-080 The Waters Senior Living
1/16/14
January 30, 2014 14-087-893 PPL Hamline Station LLC
14-001-469 Brett and Laura Ripley
                    color photos
13-260-424 Goodwill (1221 Univeristy Avenue)
1/30/14
February 13, 2014 MEETING CANCELLED  
February 27, 2014  14-092-306 1720 E. 7th Firehouse
14-093-633 Olin 5 LLC
14-088-762 WUCW LLC
14-095-107 Western Recycling
2/27/14 
March 13, 2014  14-098-714 Sola Salon Studios
14-098-309 and 12-220-122 Metropolitan State University (parking ramp)
     color photos
14-094-970 Metropolitan State University (student center) 
     color photos
14-088-188 Verizon Wireless
     color photos
 3/13/14
March 27, 2014  13-247-474 BLD Property Management
      color photos
14-186-369 Port Authority of Saint Paul
14-186-591 New Plan Learning Inc
      color photos
14-095-630 & 13-143-494 Cullen LLC (West Grand Ave Apts)
      color photos 
 3/27/14
April 10, 2014 MEETING CANCELLED  
April 24, 2014 14-193-483 Form-A-Feed
      color photo 
14-193-576 Hamline Park Plaza Auto Storage
 4/24/14
May 8, 2014 14-196-994 Little Mekong Night Market   5/8/14
May 22, 2014 14-200-064 Yia Vang
14-198-104 TNT Fireworks (1177 Clarence)
14-197-427 Internacional Auto Sales
5/22/14 
June 5, 2014 MEETING CANCELLED  
June 19, 2014  MEETING CANCELLED   
***July 1, 2014  14-293-465 Saint Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention Project 7/1/14
July 17, 2014  14-303-103 Voice of East African Women   7/17/14 
July 31, 2014  14-293-509 Walgreens
14-189-866 RD Parent Investors (Walgreens)
                    color photos
14-308-782 Mississippi Market Cooperative
                    color photos
14-308-882 More 4 A Buck 
                    color photos
7/31/14
August 14, 2014  14-313-319 Dorothy Day LLC
14-313-585 SAC Wireless
14-306-660 Gregory and Michelle Sutton & James Morelli
14-312-394 TCB Properties
 
 August 28, 2014 Presentation - Enforcement of permit conditions
   Memo
   2013 Zoning Activity Charts
   DSI Org Chart
14-308-882 More 4 A Buck
14-319-416 Premier Storage
14-319-307 River Road II Investments 
14-316-218 Cash - N- Pawn
14-316-432 344 Summit Boutique Hotel (revised)
   Memo to Zoning Committee
 
September 11, 2014     

***meeting is on a Tuesday

Zoning Committee Meeting Archive 

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