Planning Commission

The City of St. Joseph’s ability to create the Planning Commission is found in the Michigan Planning Enabling Act and Chapter 22 of the City of St. Joseph Code of Ordinances created the Planning Commission.

Contact Information

Staff Liaison:               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                                      Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator
Address:                        City Hall, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085 
Phone:                           269.983.1212
Fax:                               269.985.0347

Purpose of the Planning Commission

The PC exists to make recommendations on certain zoning requests. In the City of St. Joseph, the PC has many roles and functions, below are the four main functions:

  1. Conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Commission regarding Map (rezoning) and Text Amendments; Special Use Permits and Planned Unit Developments (PUD’s) requests;
  2. Review sign requests per the Code of Ordinances and approve or deny;
  3. Prepare and make recommendations, maintain and work on implementing the goals and objectives of the Master Plan; and
  4. Complete studies and make recommendations to the City Commission on changes to the Zoning Ordinance.

Planning Commission Composition

There are nine (9) voting members are appointed by the City Commission to three (3) year terms, unless appointed to fill a vacant seat. Full term appointments are from May 1st through April 30th for three years.

The Chair and Vice-Chair are selected annually by the members of the PC.

Current Members and Appointments

The City Clerk’s Office maintains the list of current members and the application for appointment to all City Boards and Commissions. All completed applications must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 700 Broad Street for processing.

Agenda’s, Meeting Packets and Minutes

The Planning Commission’s monthly meetings are generally scheduled for the first Thursday of each month beginning at 4:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and take place in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 700 Broad Street. All applications must be submitted to staff, reviewed and found to be administratively complete, no less than twenty-four days before the next scheduled meeting date. Please plan accordingly as incomplete applications are not accepted and will delay your request.

Agenda packets and approved meeting minutes are posted on the website.

Applications, Forms and Meeting Dates

There are numerous applications, forms along with an annual list of meeting dates and deadlines utilized by the Planning Commission.

Annual Reports

In accordance with the Michigan Planning Act, the Planning Commission is required to complete an Annual Report. This report is typically reviewed during the January meeting each year before beginning sent to the City Commission.


Miscellaneous Other Information and Documents

Planning Commission Description of Duties and Activities – 2020
Planning Commission Bylaws – dated June 2, 2009
Planning Commission Code of Conduct
Planning Commission Ethics and Conflict

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