Zoning and Land Use Update


·         1023 Osceola – The Zoning and Land Use Committee continues to follow the project regarding the Linwood School Expansion.

o   The public hearing for the BZA was held on February 13th.  The motion to approve the variances did not pass on a 3-1 vote (4 would have been required for the quorum), the item was tabled for 2 weeks to allow for more members to be present.  During the second BZA meeting there was not a vote held, as the meeting minutes from the original agenda were not available for the members who were not present to review. This caused them to delay the vote for another two weeks.  It is scheduled to be voted on Monday March 13th.  Whether or not it passes is fails, an appeal could be brought, within 10 days, by the opposing party to the City Council.

·         Short Term Rentals –

o   The city is in the process of working on regulations for Short Term Rentals, as they are currently not allowed by the city’s zoning code.  They are still working through their proposals, and once any ordinance changes are proposed we will inform the neighborhood and the board in order to allow for adequate public comment from the neighborhood.

·         Northstar Grand Prix –

o   There is a proposal to bring the Northstar Grand Prix bike race to Grand Avenue.  This is a statewide circuit of races that has had one leg of the race held at various locations in St. Paul, most recently in Lowertown or Rice Park.  They ZLU met to get a presentation on the race and the proposed course, and to get neighborhood input.  There is additional information attached, and available on their website.  The ZLU voted to support their request for the street closures after considering their proposal, and input from the neighbors.  There were a number of neighbors that wrote in with some in support of the request and some opposed.  One member of the community originally opposed to the event had changed their mind after hearing more details about the event, and it’s organizers.

·         Future Issues –

o   We will be coordinating ZLU/Board training and will make sure that the full board membership is aware of when this will take place so that all that are available will be able to attend.  This will help to train board members on how to assess zoning maters and variances that come before the board for a vote, and will be coordinated through the city planning department.