City Council adopts new zoning rules for faith-based institutions

New zoning regulations for faith-based institutions were approved on January 19 by the Saint Paul City Council, just days before a federal court deadline of February 1. The regulations provide clarity on how religious institutions can accommodate everything from day…

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City eases rules for adding new dwellings in single-family zones

Zoning changes that are intended to reduce the housing shortage in Saint Paul and make it easier to construct accessory dwellings and small houses on narrow lots were approved on January 19 by the City Council. The unanimous vote opens…

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Hearing set on zoning changes to increase density of neighborhoods

Proposal would 'reverse the historic exclusivity' of single-family zones. Saint Paul residents have one more chance to comment on a package of zoning changes that will open the door to more housing in residential neighborhoods on properties that are zoned…

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New rules open door to homeless day shelters across St. Paul

Months of debate came to an end on November 10 when the Saint Paul City Council unanimously adopted new zoning rules that allow daytime drop-in shelters for homeless people to open in neighborhoods throughout the city. The new rules were…

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BZA grants sign variance for Alvera building on West Seventh

A seven-story, mixed-use building under construction at 337 W. Seventh St. can have a larger sign than ordinarily allowed as the result of a variance granted on November 1 by the Saint Paul Board of Zoning Appeals. Ackerberg Group sought…

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Religious institutions object to city’s effort to restrict their use of property

A proposed package of zoning regulations regarding the accessory uses of churches, synagogues and other religious institutions ran into vociferous opposition at a public hearing before the Saint Paul Planning Commission on October 29. More than 50 people turned out…

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Rezoning sought for proposed five-story building on Selby Ave.

A longtime Selby Avenue commercial building and two adjacent houses would be torn down to make way for a five-story apartment building if a requested zoning change is approved by the Saint Paul City Council. The Saint Paul Planning Commission’s Zoning…

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St. Paul looks for ways to squeeze more homes into single-family zones

Proposal aims to ease shortages of housing and affordable housing. A new city planning department study recommends that Saint Paul expand its stock of one-unit to four-unit dwellings by making it easier to divide single-family properties and to construct smaller…

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City Council sets hearing on homeless zoning regulations

An increase in the number of homeless people in Saint Paul and a dearth of indoor places for them to go during the day is behind an effort to expand the number of day shelters in the city. A set…

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City reviews proposed rules for locating homeless shelters

The Saint Paul Planning Commission on August 20 will review a proposed set of rules that would regulate where facilities serving homeless people may be located. The commission’s Comprehensive and Neighborhood Planning Committee revised the regulations on August 10 following…

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New policy would designate zones for homeless shelters across city

Day shelters that provide a place for people who are homeless to relax, shower, eat and access other services could be allowed in parts of Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland and other Saint Paul neighborhoods if a zoning policy change is approved…

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City amends multifamily zoning regulations

Changes designed to increase density, promote more affordable housingBy Jane McClureThe Saint Paul City Council on September 9 adopted sweeping changes to the city’s multifamily zoning regulations to increase the density of housing and to promote more affordable housing. The…

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