Committee Documents

WSNAC Annual Reports

Condition #10 of the August 2004 Conditional Use Permit stipulates that St. Thomas convene a University/Community Advisory Council. "St. Thomas agrees to participate, at the level of senior management and the board of trustees, in an advisory council charged with resolving university/community problems, and providing a channel for communications on campus master planning and development, and to enhance university/community relations. The composition of the advisory council would include representatives of the St. Thomas board of trustees, senior management and students, and neighborhood representatives from the Merriam Park Community Council [now Union Park District Council] and the Macalester Groveland Community Council, the Summit Avenue Residential Preservation Association and Neighbors United. The scope of the advisory council's work would include all issues affecting local residents, including but not limited to: the creation and management of a CDC or similar initiative to purchase and rehabilitate housing in the neighborhood; parking; St. Thomas construction impacts, including the building of parking lots, athletic fields; student housing (both on and off-campus); and neighborhood quality-of-life issues such as the impact of student party houses. This group would meet at least quarterly and report to the St. Paul Planning Commission and the St. Paul City Council."

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Conditional Use Permit

The August 2004 Conditional Use Permit (CUP) granted by the City of St. Paul to the University of St. Thomas sets property development parameters for a boundary bordered by Cleveland on the east, Cretin on the west, Finn on the north and Grand on the south within the St. Thomas campus boundary. The CUP also paved the way for creation of thue West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Council (WSNAC).

Click here to access the August 2004 Conditonal Use Permit.

WSNAC Bylaws

WSNAC members wrote and approved the organization's first set of bylaws in December 2004. The bylaws were amended in November 2006, April 2007, November 2008, September 2014, February 2015 and May 2021.

Click here to access the most recent version of the WSNAC by-laws


Smith Partners Report

The University of St. Thomas and the West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Committee retained the community-focused law and strategic planning firm Smith Partners PLLP in 2010-11 to explore the feasibility of a public-private partnership to promote neighborhood livability and housing market stability. The enusing study, known as the "Smith Report," offered a number of recommendations to benefit the university's primary campus in St. Paul and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Here is the full version of the Smith Report, published in May 2011.

Campus Master Plan

The University of St. Thomas embarked on a campus master plan process during the 2015-16 academic year. Neighbors are being involved in that plan through a digital survey (distributed in October 2015), through updates at the monthly WSNAC meetings and through community meetings (dates to be announced).

At the January 2016 WSNAC meeting, three presentations outlined progress so far:

  1. Hastings+Chivetta, the project consultant, presented results of the campus plan survey distributed to St. Thomas students, faculty and staff as well as 400 neighbors and 250 student-rental landlords.
  2. Director of Neighborhood Relations Amy Gage presented the Neighborhood Survey results.
  3. Vice President for Government Relations and Special Projects Doug Hennes (now deceased) presented on the Conditional Use Permits that govern the university's development.

Presentation: Problem Drinking at Colleges and Universities

In September 2017, noted psychiatrist and addiction expert Dr. Joe Westermeyer -- a longtime Summit Avenue resident -- gave a 90-minute talk on the topic "Problem Drinking at Colleges and Universities: Taking a Systems-Wide, Preventive Approach."

Click here to access Dr. Westermeyer's talk on YouTube. Contact Amy Gage in Neighborhood Relations to have the link sent to you directly via e-mail: 651-962-6123