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Agenda for City Commission meeting, Monday, October 26 @ 6:00 PM
To view the agenda items before the St. Joseph City Commission at their meeting Monday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m click onRead more ...
Absent Voter Update, Friday, October 23, 2020
As of mid-afternoon Friday, the Clerk’s Office had issued 3,056 Absent Voter ballots, and 2,150 of those ballots have been returned. Just more than 70% of issued ballots have been returned, with 10 days to go before Election Day.Read more ...
Notice of Public Meeting: Rescheduled Regular Meeting- The previously scheduled regular meeting of October 19, 2020 is canceled
Attached please find the Public Notice for the next regular meeting of Monday, October 26, 2020.
Fall 2020 Parks & Rec Newsletter
Click here for the Fall 2020 Parks & Rec Newsletter.
City of St. Joseph 5-Year Parks & Recreation Master Plan Survey
City of St. Joseph 5-Year Parks & Recreation Master Plan Survey Assist the City in the furture plans for parks & recreation. Click here for a short survey to share your thoughts. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MK953W6
Absentee Ballots are Out! 6 PM Friday, October 2
City staff from five departments pitched in and turned what we had projected to be 2-3 days of work into 6 hours. This afternoon all 2,680 absentee ballots went in the mail. You should receive your ballot within a few days. We expect the mailed ballots will populate in the state online system as “ballot sent” on Monday.Read more ...
Before placing Political Signs, or any type of Temporary Signs, on your private property please become familiar with the current ordinance. Click Temporary Sign Information to view a pamphlet highlighting recent revisions.
New website lets tourists visit St. Joseph from the comfort of their couches
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (July 29, 2020) – The City of St. Joseph, in concert with The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber and St. Joseph Today, recently announced the launch of a site that allows visitors to virtually stroll through downtown St. Joseph, facilitate shopping and check out what’s new along the bluff.Read more ...
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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
- Permanent Sign Information
- Temporary Sign Information
- 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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- 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