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File #: Ord 20-30    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 9/23/2020
Title: Amending Chapter 66 of the Legislative Code pertaining to residential standards in planning districts 14 and 15.
Sponsors: Chris Tolbert
Attachments: 1. 01 PC Resolution 8_7_2020 Final D14 D15, 2. 02 PC Action Minutes 8_7_2020, 3. 03 CNPC D14 D15 Memo 2_26_2020, 4. 04 CNPC D14 D15 Post Hearing Packet 7_22_2020
Title
Amending Chapter 66 of the Legislative Code pertaining to residential standards in planning districts 14 and 15.

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WHEREAS, the Saint Paul Zoning Code, found in chapters 60 through 69 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, is established to promote and to protect the public health, safety, morals, aesthetics, economic viability and general welfare of the community; and
WHEREAS, ยง 60.103 of the zoning code establishes the intent and purpose of the code to implement the policies of the comprehensive plan, regulate the location, construction, reconstruction, alteration and use of buildings, structures and land, ensure adequate light, air, privacy, and convenience of access to property, to provide housing choice and housing affordability, and to conserve and improve property values; and
WHEREAS, Section 61.801(a) of the Zoning Code calls for periodic review of said code to reflect current city policies, to address current technology and market conditions, and to bring the zoning code up-to-date; and
WHEREAS, the 2030 Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan, Policies 1.5 and 3.4 of the Land Use chapter, and 2.17 of the Housing chapter of the Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan call for maintaining the character and fitting the context of existing neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, in 2015, the City Council adopted text amendments regarding dimensional standards for R1-R4 zoning districts in planning districts 14 and 15; and
WHEREAS, based on input from the district councils and the record of decisions from the Board of Zoning Appeals, the language was revisited; and
WHEREAS, refining standards related to height and articulation could maintain the intent of the 2015 amendments while at the same time reducing unnecessary variance requests; and
WHEREAS, the Comprehensive and Neighborhood Planning Committee of the Planning Commission considered recommendations and draft language at their February 14, 2020 meeting and recommended that the Planning Commission initiate a zoning st...

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