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Our Committees

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Not ready to serve on the Board?  Many of our committees welcome non-board members.  And, there are lots of other ways to volunteer, too!  Most of these activities are flexible in terms of scheduling and time commitment, but provide critical assistance in helping us be a valued resource for our neighborhood.

Summit Hill’s success depends upon the participation of people like you. Help our neighborhood thrive: Take action and get involved. Contact SHA to learn more.


Communications and Outreach

Committee Members:
Denise Aldrich, Jacob Colling, Kay Willshire

Sustains and improves communications in and around Summit Hill through our website, e-newsletter, Facebook page and more. Also, help plan “After Hours” events and the Annual Meeting for Summit Hill residents, where we hold board elections and more!

Ways you can help:

  • Writing articles and blurbs for our communications platforms

  • Updating our website and Facebook page

  • Writing bi-weekly updates for our district council column in The Villager

  • Helping SHA staff with occasional neighborhood mailings on important board and committee meetings


Helps SHA raise funds that it needs to continue our important community-building efforts through activities such as the biennial Summit Hill House Tour, book sales of “A Grand History,” our annual fundraising campaign, and other projects.

Ways you can help:

  • Join a House Tour subcommittee in the important planning stages of the tour, or volunteer at a house or in one of our support roles on the day of the tour, itself

  • Help in the office with processing item or ticket sales, sending out letters and acknowledgements, manning the phones, or other activities

  • Help out at other events with planning or on-site/day-of activities

Environment & Beautification

Promotes recycling, reuse, and beautification projects in the neighborhood, including maintaining the upper gardens, the Sam Morgan Prairie and the Summit Hill Community Garden.

Ways you can help:

  • Gardening activities such as periodic planting, weeding and watering

  • Planning and assisting at our annual Plant Sale fundraiser

Pedestrian Safety & Traffic Calming

Encourages safe streets for pedestrians and plans the annual Pedestrian Safety Week, either as a committee member or a volunteer.

Zoning & Land Use (ZLU)

Committee Members:
Denise Aldrich (chair), Bridget Allan Ales, Sonja Mason, Peter Rhoades, Anthony Swichtenburg

The ZLU Committee has a significant impact on residential and commercial development in Summit Hill by evaluating requests for licenses, permits and zoning variances. Recommendations from the committee are directed to the City of St. Paul departments such as the Historic Preservation Commission, departments of Planning and Economic Development and Safety and Inspections, the Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission, and our City Council representative, where they are given serious consideration. This committee also handles occasional appeals of City decisions, and addresses neighborhood complaints and concerns regarding zoning and land use-related issues. Due to the nature of this committee, membership on the committee is limited to SHA directors however, meetings are open to the public.

February 19, 2019—Meeting
Draft Agenda

January 27, 2019—Hearing on 770 Grand Ave. and General Committee Business
Committee Report on 770 Grand Ave. Rezoning Request

December, 2018—Hearing on 5 Heather Place Lot Split
Agenda Minutes