The Capitol Rice Planning process was born out of a combined effort of three public sector initiatives: Ramsey County: Rice Street Transportation Safety Study; City of St. Paul: Commercial Vitality Zone; and Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board: 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update. This planning track included two successive community and stakeholder involved planning initiatives led by CAAPB staff, resulting in two plan documents:
The Capitol Rice Commercial Vitality Zone Strategy was an initiative funded by the City of Saint Paul’s CVZ program. The goal of this initiative led to a clear set of implementable actions that would help foster increased commercial vitality on Rice Street north of University in the Capitol Area. The outreach efforts included multiple survey stations that generated 500+ ideas, a survey, creative placemaking projects capturing community values, and four open studio design sessions where community members were invited to review and impact the emerging community planning in more depth. The City began implementation with the Building Upgrade Fund in early 2019.
The second document, The Capitol Rice Development Framework, was adopted in January 2019 as a component of Chapter 7 of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Nearly twenty stakeholder community groups and public agencies reviewed and provide comment on the plan ahead of unanimous Board approvals in late 2018 and early 2019.