Because of the zoning governing the Cathedral Hill neighborhood, a conditional-use permit was required from the city of Saint Paul. To obtain such a permit, a landowner or business is required to submit an application that must go through a detailed regulatory-review process. The process includes review by city staff, zoning committee, and planning commission. Regarding the permit for the boutique hotel, city staff recommended denial of the application. Mr. Rupp turned to SPACC for assistance.
The SPACC public affairs team quickly became involved. We reviewed the land use application, analyzed the applicable zoning regulations governing the proposed hotel, and prepared a detailed letter to the city’s zoning committee explaining why we believed the conditional-use permit should be approved. At the zoning committee, the SPACC public affairs team testified in support of the project. With our encouragement, the zoning committee and the planning commission approved the permit.
However, the planning commission’s decision was appealed to the city council by the Summit Avenue Residential Preservation Association (SARPA). The SPACC public affairs team continued to advocate for the project, explaining that the boutique hotel was good for Saint Paul. The city council agreed, denying the appeal. The conditional-use permit for the boutique hotel has been approved and construction of what is sure to be an amazing amenity in Saint Paul can now begin.
If this process sounds confusing, you are not alone. The permitting and appeals process can be daunting for anyone not familiar with it, and often times leads to spending thousands of dollars on lawyers to help guide through the process. Fortunately for SPACC members, they already have a team of experts available to them to help. SPACC’s public affairs team specializes in advocating for members in local land use decisions, all included in your yearly membership dues. Contact Scott to get help on your project!