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.


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Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.

Planning Commission
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. 


Applications, Forms, and Processes - (Fillable Forms) 

 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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