Community Development

Duties & Responsibilities

The City's Community Development Department has four broad responsibilities:
  • Economic Development
  • Planning and Zoning
  • Building Inspections/Permitting/Licensing
  • Housing Redevelopment
As a small extraordinary City, North St. Paul is a distinct place with a wide range of amenities and opportunities. The Community Development department is about guiding the City, its neighborhoods, parks, historic downtown, and commercial components into a resilient future. This guidance is done through collaborative relationships with citizens, businesses and institutions in order to promote a high quality of livability in North St. Paul. The department performs a variety of functions including:

  • Permits and Licensing
  • Zoning Administration
  • Growth Management
  • Land Use Policy
  • Staffing Commissions (Design Review Commission, Planning Commission, Economic Development Authority)
  • Public Hearings
  • Elections through coordination with Ramsey County
  • Comprehensive Plan implementation
  • Zoning Code compliance
  • Redevelopment Master Plan, Downtown Design Manual, Living Streets Plan, Park Improvement Plan and Resilient Communities Projects
  • Reviewing Commercial and Residential Projects 
  • Coordinating with outside agencies such as the Metropolitan Council, League of MN Cities, Washington-Ramsey Watershed District and Ramsey County