The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial board, made up of five (5) voting members and two (2) alternates who are residents appointed by the City Commission to serve a three (3) year term. A majority of the quorum present is needed to approve a request. The decision of the ZBA is final and any appeal of its decision is made to the Berrien County Trial Court. The ZBA typically meets the third Thursday of the month beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 700 Broad Street.

An example of a dimensional variance can include a “variance from the required 30 foot rear yard to 28 feet to allow an open unclosed porch at the rear of the residence”. Use variances are not permitted (i.e., request for a fast food restaurant in a residential district).

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Staff Contact:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-1212
Fax: (269) 985-0347

 

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The Water Services Joint Operating Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Water Treatment Plant at 4:00 p.m.

The St. Joseph Housing Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of (Jan., Mar., May, Jul., Sept., Nov.) at 8:30 a.m. in the Lakeview Terrace High-rise.

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Recording Secretary: Sara McCallum - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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The Retirement Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of January, April, July, and October at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers. If you have any further questions about this Board please contact the St. Joseph City Staff contact, using the link above.

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Staff Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director, West Basin Marina
273 Marina Drive
St. Joseph, Michigan  49085
Phone:  269-983-5432
Fax:  269-983-8795

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The Recreational Harbor Authority meets April through October, on the last Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m., at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club (128 N Pier St. St. Joseph, MI 49085). Agendas and minutes can be found by clicking http://stjosephcitymi.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx.   If you have any further questions about this Commission, please contact the Manager, using the link above. 

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Staff Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Officer (part of the Building Inspection Department - Cecil Derringer, Chief Building Official 

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The Property Maintenance Board of Appeals' 2017 Meeting Schedule is available by clicking on it. If you have any further questions about this Commission, please contact the St. Joseph City Staff contact, using the link above.

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The Planning Commission (PC) is made of nine (9) residents appointed by the City Commission to serve a three (3) year term. The PC typically meets the first Thursday of the month beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 700 Broad Street.

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Staff Contact:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-1212
Fax: (269) 985-0347

 

Current Members
Planning Commission General Information
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2018 Meeting Schedule with Deadlines 
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Staff Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Deputy Director of Public Works
Phone: (269) 985-0309
Phone: (269) 983-6325 (Riverview Cemetery)
Mailing address: 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Physical Address: 1160 Broad Street (for shipments, etc.);

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The Parks Advisory Board meets the second Thursdsay of every month at 8:00 a.m. If you have any further questions about this Board, please contact the St. Joseph City Staff contact, using the link above.

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The Municipal Officers Compensation commission meets once every two years.

The Library Board meets every 4th Tuesday-monthly (no meeting in August and December) at 6:00 p.m. at the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library (500 Market St. St. Joseph, MI 49085) and is composed of 5 City and 4 St. Joseph Township representatives.

The Joint Wastewater Treatment Board meets every 3rd Thursday-monthly at the Joint Wastewater Treatment plant (269 Anchors Way Saint Joseph, MI, 49085)

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Staff ContactCecil Derringer (Building Inspector)

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The Construction Board of Appeals/Property Maintenance Board meets when essential. If you have any further questions about this Board please contact the St. Joseph City Staff contact, using the link above.

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Staff Contact: City Clerk's Office
                         (269) 983-6325

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The Cemetery Board meets the last Thursday in February, April, June, August and October at 9:00 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery. If you have any questions about this Board, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 269-983-6325.

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To view the agenda and/or minutes from past Cemetery Board meetings, please click here

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Staff Contact: John Hodgson (Community Development Director)

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The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority meets the 1st Wednesday of even-numbered months at 4:00 P.M. in the City Manager's Office. If you have any further questions about this Board please contact the St. Joseph City Staff contact, using the link above.

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City Representatives:  Gretchen Gillmore; Andrew Meyers, Alternate

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The Airport Authority meets every 3rd Thursday-monthly at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport (1123 Territorial Rd Benton Harbor, MI 49022) at 9:30 a.m. If you have any further questions about this Board please contact the St. Joseph City Staff contact, using the link above.

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Each year, the St. Joseph City Commission appoints citizens who express an interest in serving on the numerous boards, commissions and committees that are so vital in helping shape the future of the City of St. Joseph. 

If you have a willingness to voluntarily serve your Community in this capacity and have a particular interest or knowledge in any of the following areas, you may wish to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application to seek an appointment. Questionnaires are also available for those members seeking re-appointment to a City board, commission or committee.

The St. Joseph DDA or Downtown Development Authority is authorized under Act 197 of 1975 by the state of Michigan and allows the City to create a Downtown Development Authority and to levy taxes to preserve and maintain the downtown area.

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