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Chris Tolbert, Councilmember  Email
Libby Kantner, Legislative Aide  Email
Pattie Kelley, Executive Assistant  Email

For general inquiries email: 

310-C City Hall
15 Kellogg Blvd., West
Saint Paul, MN  55102

Ph: (651) 266-8630  Fx: (651) 266-8574

We try to respond to all inquiries within one business day. If you have emailed us and haven't heard back in a couple of days, please call our office. We want to hear from you.

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About Ward 3
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Ward 3: Historical and vibrant
Ward 3 covers the southwest corner of the city, extending from the West End to Fort Snelling.  The ward includes the neighborhoods of Highland Park and most of Macalester-Groveland. It is the home to Macalester College and the College of Saint Catherine. Our neighborhood has many local businesses, and restaurants throughout many of our great streets like: Grand Ave, Ford Parkway, West 7th Street, among others.

Stay Connected to the Neighborhood

Councilmember Tolbert's Ward 3 Newsletters:

September 2014
June 2014


District Councils:

Local Business Associations:

Highland Park Library


Volunteer Opportunities in Ward 3

Ford Site Planning


Councilmember Tolbert Passes New Ordinances to Improve Residential Construction Standards
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This past year has seen an increase in residential home remodeling and rebuilds in the Highland Park and Macalester Groveland neighborhoods. The Ward 3 office is excited about new neighbors moving into the Ward; however, with this increase in construction we have seen more problems including messy construction sites, overflowing dumpsters and dangerous sidewalk conditions.

To combat these issues Councilmember Tolbert passed an ordinance requiring that all residential, exterior construction projects costing over $25,000 complete a Construction Management Agreement prior to construction. This Agreement reiterates the current Saint Paul City Ordinances and Minnesota State Building Codes that govern residential construction. Prior to construction the Agreement needs to be signed by both the contractor and the property owner and distributed to all the neighbors on the block in question and the block face across the street. The Agreement requires that the contractor's contact information be included on the Agreement for all neighbors to have access to, and posted on a sign in front of the property. In addition to the Construction Management Agreement, Councilmember Tolbert is introducing ordinances that tighten up dumpster regulations.  The legislation will license dumpster haulers, add a sliding scale to dumpster permit fees (the longer they sit on the street the more the contractor will need to pay per day), and create new safety signage for dumpsters.

Another concern the Ward 3 office has heard from neighbors is the height and density of these new homes. Many neighbors are concerned new construction is changing the character of Highland Park and MacGroveland. Residential zoning ordinances were reviewed in 2009 when the market collapse led to a slew of cheaply built homes popping up across the city. During that time the city researched putting into ordinance a zoning code that would require that “new development shall relate to the design of adjacent traditional buildings.” However, it was retracted because the ambiguity, subjectivity, administrative cost and hindrance to architectural innovation it would cause. In place of that, new design standards were passed. To make sure we’re covering all our bases in light of this new development, Councilmember Tolbert has asked the City’s Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) to study the height and density of new homes that have gone up to determine the effect different zoning changes would have on them. After the study is completed it will be reviewed by the City's Planning Commission and at that time the Planning Commission will take public testimony on the proposed changes. Following the Planning Commission process the proposed changes will go to the City Council where public testimony will again be taken. With the timeline we have in place we hope to have any changes in code prior to the start of next summer's construction season. If you have any questions about the PED study, please contact Mike Richardson, City Planner who is taking the lead on the study. He can be reached at or (651) 266-6621.

Helpful Documents:
-Current Zoning and Construction Ordinances
-Construction Management Agreement
-Resolution directing PED to study new homes




Crime Prevention Tips
Recently there have been a high number of home break-ins in the Ward. Please remember to lock your doors, windows, garage, and cars. Also, call 911 if you see any suspicious activity in the neighborhood. For further crime prevention tips, visit the St. Paul Police Department's website.

Special Event Road Closures
Visit http://stpaul.gov/eventclosures to open a spreadsheet of upcoming events across Saint Paul and road closures associated with those events.

Events Calendar

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Tue, Nov. 25

Saint Paul, MN News
Ford Site: A 21st Century Community
City officials led a regional public meeting on November 10 to discuss development progress and priorities for the Ford site ahead of the sale of the land in 2015. This is the first of two regional meetings that will be held. Watch the full meeting HERE
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