Summit Hill Association/District 16 ANNUAL MEETING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018, 7PM - NEW LOCATION!!!

 The Annual Meeting of Summit Hill Association/District 16 will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7PM at:

Dixie’s on Grand, 695 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

Are you interested in serving your community? Through Summit Hill Association there are a variety of ways to lend your voice and talents to community engagement:

RUN! Consider adding your name to the ballot for election to the SHA Board of Directors to fill the 10 open seats on the board. All property owners, business owners and renters are eligible to run. Submit an application by October 3, 2018. For more information on the service expectations and an application, click on:

VOTE! At the Annual Meeting you can meet announced candidates and hear about their interest in serving on the Board of Directors. Be a part of choosing who will fill the open seats and serve the Summit Hill community.

VOLUNTEER! Meet current members of the Board of Directors and find out more about a variety of ways you can participate through volunteering with Summit Hill Association.

We look forward to meeting you!

Liz Gibba
Summit Hill Board Will Vote on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) August 9

At the Zoning and Land Use (ZLU) meeting and public hearing held on Thursday, July 19, the ZLU and the nearly 50 neighbors in attendance heard Jamie Radel, senior planner for the City of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development Department and lead on the ADU issue, give a presentation on the proposed move to allow ADUs city-wide.

In her presentation and handout, Radel outlined the City's rationale for this expansion. Numerous questions were asked by neighbors and the ZLU during the course of the meeting; those that she couldn't answer at the meeting were addressed the following week in a follow-up email.  These questions and the responses are outlined here.  Ward 2 councilmember Rebecca Noecker was at the meeting to listen to the discussion.  (Note that there are links to the City study and proposed ordinance in the previous news item on the July 19 meeting.)

At the end of the ZLU meeting, committee members voted 3-1 to recommend to the full SHA board that Summit Hill not be included in this expansion, but would consider it at a later date if and when there was sufficient data from other parts of the city that would answer the many concerns and questions raised by Summit Hill neighbors.  This recommendation will be given at the next board meeting on Thursday, August 9 at 7 pm at Linwood Recreation Center.

We highly encourage neighbors to send their written comments to the SHA board ahead of the August 9 meeting for the board to review.  All comments received will also be forwarded to the City Council regardless of which side of the issue they reflect.  Those should be sent to  Please be sure to include your street address in your correspondence.  Neighbors are also welcome to attend the August 9 meeting to listen to the discussion and vote.  Due to time constraints, comments by non-board members may be limited, so we encourage you to send your written comments to ensure your viewpoint is shared ahead of the vote.

The outcome of that vote will go to the City Council as SHA's recommendation prior to the Council's third reading of the proposed ordinance on Wednesday, August 15 and public hearing.  A vote by the Council to be taken after the fourth reading a week later. 

Lori Brostrom
Accessory Dwelling Unit Public Hearing July 19

The Summit Hill Association (SHA) learned that on June 1, the St. Paul Planning Commission recommended that Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) be allowed city-wide from the current permitted area half a mile on either side of University Avenue along the Green Line from Lexington Parkway and Emerald Avenue. The initial study for expansion was limited to Mounds Park and four district councils (1, 3, 7 and 9). The Summit Hill Association was never advised about the proposed city-wide expansion until June 6.

SHA expressed concern about both the lack of transparency around the process of this proposal as well as the substance, and asked the City to extend the time period for the City Council readings and vote to allow adequate time for residents of Summit Hill and other affected districts to learn more about the proposed changes. The City Council public hearing was subsequently rescheduled from July 11 to Aug. 15.  SHA's Zoning and Land Use Committee will be holding a meeting on Thursday, July 19 at 7 pm at the Linwood Recreation Center to hear public comment.  All neighbors are welcome to attend.

Jamie Radel, PED Department senior planner and author of the ADU study, will be at the meeting to present the findings and answer questions. Ward 2 Councilmember Rebecca Noecker will be attending to listen to any neighborhood concerns. Based on neighborhood input, the ZLU committee will make a recommendation which will be voted on by the full SHA board on Aug. 9 and communicated to the City Council ahead of their public hearing.

You can learn more about this issue by reviewing the study and initial legislation through the links above. If you are unable to attend the July 19 meeting, please send comments to or call the office at 651.222.1222.

Lori Brostrom
Chapter 73 Ordinance Update

After the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) meeting on May 24, where public testimony was heard on proposed changes to the Ch. 73 Legislative Code, HPC commissioners voted to form a committee to re-look at some of the elements of the proposed changes.  Subsequently, on June 14, City of St. Paul Planning and Economic Development director Dr. Bruce Corrie issued a statement advising that HPC would be suspending its efforts on Ch. 73 for the foreseeable future.

The Summit Hill Association, which had been planning on hosting a public input session in June on the proposed changes, has postponed those plans in light of this information.  We will revisit the matter at such time as HPC issues revised language on Ch. 73.  Thanks to all who shared their comments ahead of the May 24 HPC meeting.


Lori Brostrom

Please join the Summit Hill Association on Tuesday, May 292018 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Linwood Recreation Center, 860 Saint Clair Avenue for a round-table discussion about recent youth-involved altercations taking place at Linwood Park. CityCouncilmember Rebecca Noecker, along with leaders from Saint Paul Police Department and Parks and Recreation will be on hand to answer your questions. We will be sharing updated information about new security cameras and lighting being installed at the Linwood Recreation Center, and will also be reviewing suggestions about security practices for all of us as we enter the spring and summer months. Please join us for this important conversation.

Liz Gibba
Linwood School Field Day and WaterStories Art Activity with Artist Annie Hejny

Thanks to a grant from the Capitol Region Watershed District, the Summit Hill Association (SHA) has partnered with the second-grade teachers and students at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Lower School to bring community awareness about rain gardens to our neighbors.  Through its Environment and Beautification Committee, SHA purchased grow lights, seeds and supplies for the students so they could begin growing a variety of rain garden-hardy plants for the large rain garden at the Linwood Recreation Center on St. Clair Avenue. 

On Wednesday, May 23, the students will come to Linwood Recreation Center for a field day, when they will plant their seedlings in the rain garden and learn about rain gardens from a certified Water Steward.  They will learn about the “adopt a drain” program, and why it’s vital to our water system.  And, the students will also work with local artist Annie Hejny, who uses river water and sediment to create beautiful paintings, to create their own art with natural materials.  The students will have a picnic lunch, and have time to play at the playground. 

Then, on Wednesday, June 13 from 5:30 to 7 pm, Annie Hejny will present the final paintings from the Linwood Lower School Field Day at the WaterStories Art Activity in the Linwood Recreation Center. These paintings--made with the river/runoff water from the Field Day event--will be a visual and tactical summary of our Water Stewardship collaboration.  Refreshments will be provided, and all neighbors are welcome! 

Lori Brostrom
Important—Linwood Neighborhood Cleanup New Date!

Because of the recent snow, the Neighborhood Cleanup Day, co-sponsored by the SHA Environment Committee and the Capitol Regional Watershed District and originally scheduled for Saturday, April 21, has been cancelled for that date and rescheduled for Saturday, May 5.  Environment Committee members will join the Linwood Girl Scout troops and interested local neighbors from 9 am to 11:30 am at Linwood Recreation Center, 860 St. Clair Avenue.  Supplies to pick up trash and debris will be provided, along with refreshments.

Please join us in getting our neighborhood ready to enjoy in upcoming months!  Donate a few hours and make it a family service project.  Any questions can be directed to the SHA office at 651-222-1222.

Lori Brostrom
“Plants With a Purpose”—SHA Plant Sale Fundraiser

Support your neighborhood and cross a few spring planting needs off your list when you purchase plants from Gertens through the Summit Hill Association.  A portion of the proceeds will go to SHA and have a positive impact on your neighborhood association.

Pre-orders were due by Wednesday, April 10.

All plants will be ready for pickup the morning of Saturday, May 5 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Linwood Recreation Center, where there will also be a limited selection of plants to purchase.  Early sales will begin on Friday, May 4 from 11 am to 3 pm.

If you have any questions, please call the SHA office at 651-222-1222.

Lori Brostrom