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Request for Proposal (RFP) City Hall HVAC Roof Top Unit Replacement
Howard Ice Arena Open Skate Thanksgiving Schedule
We invite you to ice skate at the Howard Ice Arena over the holiday season. Please click on Open Skate Schedule to view the Open Skate dates and times.
Time to remove all election related political signs from your property
In accordance with St. Joseph City Code of Ordinance Section 25-3(6)h.5 temporary political signs related to an election must be removed on the 7th day following an election.Read more ...
Request for Proposals (RFP) Water & Sewer and Maintenance Supplies
The City of St. Joseph is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a price list for the purchase of commonly used water and sewer repair parts and supplies.Read more ...
Request for Proposals (RFP) Public Works Materials and Supplies
The City of St. Joseph is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a price list for the purchase of construction and maintenance materials and supplies for use by the Department of Public Works.Read more ...
Per- and Polyfloalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are a group of chemicals that have been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an emerging contaminant on the national level.Read more ...
Howard Ice Arena Open Skate Schedule
Please click on Open Skate Schedule to view the Open Skate hours. The ice arena will tentatively open on November 18th.
October 2019 Newsletter
October 2019 Newsletter Volume 25, Issue 4 has been published.
To read all the latest news, click here.
Planning & Zoning Department
The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for the administering and maintaining of the City of St. Joseph Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance and the 2016 Master Plan. It works closely with Building, Engineering, 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 Planning and Zoning Department also provides staff support to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-1212
Fax: (269) 985-0347
Applications for Planning Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals: Under City ordinance, all applications requiring Planning Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals review must be submitted to staff, reviewed, and found to be administratively complete, not less than twenty-four days before the next scheduled meeting date. It is best to submit applications well in advance of the deadline date to provide an opportunity for staff to review the application and, if necessary, for the applicant to remedy any deficiencies and the application to be re-reviewed. In some cases, it is necessary for the application to be revised more than once before it can be found administratively complete.
Applications that are not administratively complete on the required date, for any reason, cannot be placed on the meeting agenda. This applies to applications for Special Use Permits, Planned Unit Developments, variances, rezonings or other zoning ordinance amendments, sign variances, and sign special approvals. We strongly encourage all applicants to contact staff at an early date to discuss the details of their request and to help the applicant understand the procedure and the possible timeline for their application.
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 PM in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 700 Broad Street.
- 2019 Planning Commission Meeting
- 2019 Fee Schedule
- 2016 Master Plan
- Master Plan Update and Proposed Activity for 2017 - 2018 (dated 2/7/2018)
- Year One Activity Update dated 7/6/2017 (2016 - 2017)
- 2008 Master Plan (old)
- Sign Ordinance
- Subdivision Ordinance (Chapter 27 of Code of Ordinances)
- Zoning Ordinance (last updated March 13, 2018)
- Zoning Map
Applications, Forms, and Processes - (Fillable Forms)
- Conditional Use Permit - Short Term Rental
- Conditional Use Permit Application
- Dimensional Variance (ZBA request)
- Home Occupation Conditional Use Permit Application (PDF)
- Home Occupation Registration (PDF)
- Map Amendment (Rezoning)
- Planned Unit Development Application (PDF)
- Pre-Submittal Meeting Application
- Site Plan Application and Directions
- Special Use Permit Application and Directions
- Subdivision (Land Division, Boundary Adjustment and/or Combinations) (PDF)
- Text Amendment (changes to Zoning Ordinance) (PDF)
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial board, made up of five voting members and two alternates that 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.
Applications, Forms, and Processes - (Fillable Forms)
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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- 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