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File #: RES 19-41    Version: 1 Name: Requesting the Planning Commission to study the city's current zoning regulations for hotels
Type: Resolution Status: Passed Unsigned by Mayor
In control: City Council
Final action: 1/2/2019
Title: Requesting a Planning Commission study of the city's current zoning regulations for hotels, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 462.357, Subd. 4.
Sponsors: Rebecca Noecker
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Requesting a Planning Commission study of the city's current zoning regulations for hotels, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 462.357, Subd. 4.
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WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Saint Paul finds that Chapter 66 of the City’s zoning code allows a “hotel” as a principal use permitted in the following zoning districts:
1. Traditional Neighborhood Districts or “T” districts: T2, T3, T4. Leg. Code § 66.321.
2. Business Districts or “B” districts: B3 (general business), B4 (central business), B5 (central business service). Leg. Code § 66.421.
3. Industrial Districts or “I” districts: IT (transitional Industrial), I1(light industrial), I2 (general industrial). Leg. Code § 66.521.
4. Ford Districts or “F” districts: F3 (residential mixed mid), F4 (residential mixed high), F5 business mixed), and F6 zoning districts (gateway). Leg. Code § 66.921, and
WHEREAS, the Council further finds that although a hotel is a permitted use in the zoning districts noted above, Chapter 65 of the zoning code lacks a definition of a hotel and similarly lacks any standards applicable to a hotel for any of the zoning districts in which a hotel is a permitted use; and
WHEREAS, the Council further finds that the while the City’s licensing code defines a “hotel” at Leg. Code § 407.02 this definition is no longer helpful because the City’s authority to license hotels and regulate hotels has been assumed by the State of Minnesota; and
WHEREAS, the Council further finds that the zoning code’s present lack of a definition or any standards for a hotel, given the diverse range of zoning districts in which hotels are allowed as a permitted use, the lack of licensing authority over hotels under the City’s licensing code, and recent amendments to the zoning code which have expanded the types of commercial lodging uses permitted in the City, necessitates a reexamination of the zoning code’s current regulation of hotels; and
WHEREAS, Minn. Stat. § 462.357, Subd.4 authorizes the Council to ...

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