Committee on Land Use and Economic Development (CLUED)
Our Committee on Land Use and Economic Development (CLUED) meets on the third Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Committee makes recommendations and informs residents on residential and commercial development. We review variance applications and construction site plans, make recommendations on problem properties, support transit-oriented land use, and work with government officials to positively impact land use decisions.
If you have an issue you’d like to bring to the Committee, please email email@example.com.
Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the agenda and supporting documents before each meeting. If you are interested in joining the Committee, you’ll need to attend three consecutive meetings to become a voting member. Learn more about joining a committee here.
Scannell Development (441 - 453 Snelling)
This developer (Scannell) is in the construction phase for a new market rate multi-use, residential and commercial property at 441–453 Snelling (the former Furniture Barn site), north of the proposed Wellington project (below).
Scannell is building a full market rate mixed-use project that includes one level of underground parking, at-grade parking with storefront commercial and leased office space along Snelling, and five stories of multifamily residential (micro units to three bedrooms).
Anticipated completion is in fall 2020.
UPDC voted to support the following in regards to the project: Preliminary site plan approval, a conditional use permit to exceed 55' building height generally permitted in T3 zoning districts to 71’ and a variance to exceed a 3.0 floor-to-area ratio (FAR) to 4.0 (read here).
Alatus Project (411 Lexington)
The “Lexington Project” is a proposed market rate residential building to be developed on the currently vacant ~2 acre site located at 411-417 Lexington Pkwy N (just south of the intersection of University Ave and Lexington Parkway N).
The project is in preliminary conceptual design phase and currently anticipates ~250+/- apartment units, which may evolve over time.
Our committee meetings on April 15th and May 20th were geared towards gathering community input on this project. You can see the notes from community member feedback at our May 20th meeting here.
This project is unique in that it is on the edge of three other District Councils: The Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Hamline Midway Coaltion and Summit-University Planning Council. If you live in one of these three councils we encourage you to reach out and send them your feedback and questions.
Alatus (the developer) has provided a power point presentation of their plans for this site which they first presented at our CLUED meeting on July 15th, you can see the first version of that presentation here and a more broken down version of rents here. The Wilder Foundation is the seller of this property.
You can read letters from the Ward 1 City Council office/Summit University Planning Council and the Frogtown Neighorhood Association requesting the project include more afforable housing in the hyperlinked portions of this sentence.
Further historical context for a previously proposed development on this site form 2005 can be found here.
Marshall Flats (Marshall and Finn)
On April 20th (2020) developer Jon Schwartzman presented to the committee on a proposed housing development on the corner of Marshall and Finn.
The developer will attend the May CLUED meeting to continue the conversation that was started in April.
Equitable Development Scorecard
Equitable Development Scorecards (like this one created by Twin Cities, MN community leaders) are used to ensure that the principles and practices of equitable development, environmental justice, and affordability are applied as communities experience economic development and wealth creation so that it benefits everyone.
Currently UPDC is in the midst of engagement to create a Union Park Equity Scorecard but you can also view another District Councils Scorecard - Westside Community Organization - here.
So far UPDC has been gathering video interviews with community residents on their thoughts on what Equity means to them. We intend to invite CURA and the Alliance to help facilitate larger group community engagement sessions.
Draft questions were presented to CLUED during its April 2020 meeting to consider for an Equity Scorecard (developed by referencing the West Side Community Organization Scorecard) can be read here.
Wellington Development ("The Pitch" - 427 N. Snelling Ave)
On June 18, Wellington Management introduced their proposed development for the west side of Snelling at Shields Avenue (currently Bremer Bank and MnDot properties directly across the street from the Allianz Stadium) to the UPDC Land Use Committee.
On September 17, Wellington Management returned to provide an update on their proposed new development.
Wellington Management has returned for several Land Use and Transportation Committee meetings in recent months and will continue engaging the Union Park District Council.
At our CLUED meeting Monday April 20th (2020) Wellington presented some new development plans here. The committee also heard of draft plans for the Mn DOT land just south of the site here, these plans for a surface parking lot will be reviewed in more detail at our next Transportation Committee meeting.
The Harper (150 Snelling Ave)
The "Harper" across from the "Vintage" on Snelling will have 163 market rate apartments, 205 parking stalls, co-working space and a yet to be deteremined tenant in the former O'Gara's space. It is currenlty under construction with a planned finalization timeline of spring 2020.
On June 18, CLUED voted on in favor of Ryan Companies requests for rezoning from RT1 two-family residential and T2 traditional neighborhood to T3 traditional neighborhood zoning and a conditional use permit for a building height variance up to 62 feet (55 feet permitted in T3 zoning). You can read that here.
On July 16th Ryan presented to CLUED and took significant community feedback. Hague Avenue neighbors and others who live close by were flyered and invited to share their questions, comments and concerns.
On October 15th, Ryan returned to CLUED to provide an update on the progress of the project. They collected email addresses for a bi-weekly or monthly newsletter that will provide construction updates to neighbors.
Renter Engagement Task Force
CLUED (and UPDC generally) have an ongoing Renter Engagement Task Force that aims to increase the proportion of renters to homeowners on the committee so that the committee may be more representative of the community at large.
2040 Comprehensive Plan - Saint Paul for All
The City of Saint Paul has released the draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan - Saint Paul For All. The public comment period ended on January 11, 2019. More information on the Plan can be found here.
The 10 Year Plan, completed in 2016 by UPDC that informs the Comprehensive Plan, can be found here.