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Canceled: Recreational Harbor Authority May 27 @ 12 PM
Please be advise that the Recreational Harbor Authority meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2020 has been canceled. To view the notice, please click here.
St. Joseph Municipal Band to Offer Virtual Memorial Day Concert
To view details on the St. Joseph Municipal Band Virtual Memorial Day Concert click on it.
Park Passes - Memorial Day Weekend
Although we are not yet charging for parking at City parks, we will have the parking machines installed and operating soon.Read more ...
Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission Application Due June 1
Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population.Read more ...
Notice of Public Hearing: Proposed Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Project Plan 6/8/20 @ 6 PM
The City of St. Joseph will hold a public hearing on the proposed Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Project Plan for the purpose of receiving comments from interested persons.Read more ...
Governor Whitmer issues Executive Order 2020-70 "Stay Home, Stay Safe"
To view Executive Order 2020-70 "Stay Home, Stay Safe", please click on it.
Designation of Critical Infrastructure Workers 03312020
To view the Designation of Critical Infrastructure Workers pursuant to Executive Order 2020-21, please click here.
Paying Your Utility Bill
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Planning & Zoning Department
The Community Development Department is responsible for the administering and maintaining of the City of St. Joseph Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, Land Division Ordinance, 2016 Master Plan and Downtown Vision Master Plan along with policies associated with the Downtown Development Authority
It works closely with Assessing, Engineering, Inspections, Public Safety and Public Works Departments in the enforcement of the documents and provides technical assistance to the public and development community regarding local regulations.
The Community Development Department also provides staff support to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator
Address: City Hall, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority consists of five members appointed by the City Commission.
Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
The Downtown Development Authority Board (DDA) is responsible for carrying out tasks associated with the planning and improvement of the downtown area through a range of eligible public projects, including streetscape, landscaping or utilities along with assistance to developers in the improvement of real estate within the DDA boundaries. The nine members are defined by state law and are appointed by the City Commission.
Planning Commission (PC)
In the City of St. Joseph, the Planning Commission (PC) is responsible for conducting public hearings and making recommendations to the City Commission on requests for map amendments (rezoning’s), special use permits, planned unit development, and text amendments (changes to the Zoning Ordinance). They review certain sign requests and can approve requests for modifications. In accordance with Michigan state law they are involved with the 5-year review of the Master Plan. The nine members are city residents appointed by the City Commission.
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial board that interprets the Zoning Ordinance and Map, decides appeals of the Zoning Administrator decisions and hears dimensional variances requests. There are five voting members and two alternates that are city residents appointed by the City Commission.
- Downtown Vision Master Plan – adopted January 27, 2020
- Downtown Vision Master Plan Existng Conditions Analysis -- May 2019
- Master Plan Udate and Proposed Activity for 2017 - 2018 (dated 2/7/2018)
- 2008 Master Plan (old)
- Year One Activity Update dated 7/6/2017 (2016 - 2017)
- 2020 Fee Schedule
- Sign Ordinance -- effective date February 6, 2020
- Subdivision Ordinance (Chapter 27 of Code of Ordinances)
- Zoning Ordinance (latst updated March 13, 2018)
- Zoning Map
All documents include a pdf fill-in document with the directions. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. A complete application along with all required materials and fees must be submitted, reviewed and accepted as administratively complete at least 24 days prior to the meeting date.
Administrative – City staff can review and approve.
- Conditional Use Permit -- Short Term Rental
- Conditional Use Permit
- Pre-Submittal Meeting
- Site Plan
- Site Plan -- Minor Adjustment
- Subdivision -- land Division Boundary adjustment and or combination
- Subdivision Variance Appeal to City Commission
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
- 2020 Meeting Dates and Deadlines
- Map Amendment (rezoning)
- Planned Unit Development including Major Changes
- Planned Unit Development Time Extension
- Special Use Permit
- Text Amendment (changes to Zoning Ordinance)
Zoning Board of Appeals
Chapter 25 – Signs
- Sign Ordinance – effective date Feb 6, 2020
- Sign Permit
- Landmark Sign Designation – Planning Commission
- Sign Special Approval Greater than 32 sf and or Electronic Message Boards – Planning Commission
- Sign Modification – Planning Commission
- Temporary Banner Permit
If you have any questions about these topics, please contact the Planning/Zoning Department and we will be glad to help you.
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Office Hours at City Hall
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- Population - 8,365
- City Employees - 81
- City Budget - $22.8 million
- City S.E.V. - $531,397,117 Avg.
- Residential True Cash Value - $199,000
- Square Miles - 4.4
- City Charter - Approved 1928
- Commercial S.E.V. - 96 million
- Industrial S.E.V. - 35 million
- Residential S.E.V. - 395 million
- Tax Millage - 16.5344