Monthly Archives: April 2015

Planning Commission Hearing – Residential Design Standards

The hearing will be held before the Planning Commission on:
Friday, May 8, 2015
8:30 a.m.
City Hall Conference Center, Lower Level, Room 40
15 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul

The Saint Paul Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on draft Zoning Code amendments pertaining to residential dimensional and design standards. The draft amendments address issues of scale and massing and clarify existing language. These amendments developed from a process initiated in response to a concern in Ward 3 that some recent construction, though in conformance with current code, does not maintain the character of Established Neighborhoods.
All comments concerning the proposed zoning text amendments will be heard at this hearing.
Comments submitted in writing should be addressed to:
Saint Paul Planning Commission
c/o Mike Richardson
25 West Fourth Street, Suite 1300
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Or to Mike Richardson at mike.richardson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or fax to 651-266-6549.
The hearing record will be kept open through Monday, May 11, 2015, for additional written testimony.

Cleveland Ave Repave and Bike Lane Additions – Summit Ave to Highland Parkway – Open House – April 29th

April 29th, 2015  -Cleveland Ave Repave and Bike Lane Additions 

Ramsey County is planning a street resurfacing on Cleveland Avenue between Randolph and Summit Avenues during the summer of 2015. The City is proposing to implement bicycle lanes on Cleveland Avenue between Highland Parkway and Summit Avenue as a component of this project.

This segment of Cleveland is identified in the Saint Paul Bicycle Plan, and provides important connections between existing bicycle facilities on Summit and Jefferson Avenues, and the campuses of St. Thomas and St. Kate’s.

Proposed Parking Changes
To implement dedicated bicycle lanes, all existing parking on the west side of Cleveland between Grand and James Avenues must be removed, except for parking bays south of Grand and St. Clair Avenues. Parking must also be removed on the east side of Cleveland between James and Randolph Avenues.

City staff conducted parking counts along Cleveland Avenue at representative time periods to capture data on parking utilization. You may download the results of these parking counts here.

Cleveland Avenue – Highland Parkway to Summit Avenue
Open House: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm
Nativity of our Lord School (library), 1900 Stanford Avenue
For more info: http://stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=5690 

Community Meeting – Future of Ford Site – Bike, Pedestrian and Transit

Join the conversation about:
 Bicycle, pedestrian and transit priorities for the Ford site
 Background and assumptions that shape the priorities
 Key questions and design ideas to refine the priorities

Friday, April 30 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  

Questions? Call: Merritt Clapp-Smith, 651-266-6547 or Mike Richardson, 651-266-6621 Email: fordsiteplanning@ci.stpaul.mn.us or Visit: www.stpaul.gov/21stCenturyCommunity.

Ford Bike-Ped-Transit Meeting Flyer

Street Sweeping Begins on Tuesday, April 14th

Highland Park Street Sweeping Map 

Residents should look for temporary “no parking” signs to avoid a ticket

SAINT PAUL – The mild start to spring is allowing Saint Paul Public Works crews to get an early start to spring residential street sweeping on Tuesday, April 14. All residential streets will be swept over the next several weeks. Crews will start with areas that were not swept last fall due to the early onset of winter.

“Periodic street sweeping not only beautifies our streets, but it is also a vital part of the City’s environmental efforts,” said Public Works Director Kathy Lantry. “Sweeping removes debris that can harm the water quality of our lakes and streams, thereby improving our environment and the livability of Saint Paul.”

Although crews have been sweeping arterial streets since March 30, they need to wait for the ground to thaw and the soil to stabilize under the curb and gutter areas before they can begin sweeping residential streets. If crews proceed too early with sweeping in these areas, the heavy equipment could damage the streets.

Look for temporary no parking signs
Crews will post temporary “no parking” signs at least 24 hours in advance before sweeping any streets, banning parking from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. the day the street is swept. Drivers should not park along these streets until the signs are removed. Vehicles parked in the “no parking” zone could be ticketed.

Pushing debris into streets is illegal
Pushing leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets is prohibited. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into nearby lakes and rivers, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.

Maps and additional information
To access maps and find out when crews are visiting a specific neighborhood, visit stpaul.gov/sweep. Call the 24-hour street maintenance hotline at 651-266-9700 with other questions about sweeping.