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Advertisement for Bids - Dunham Lift Station Replacement Phase One
Sealed bids for the construction of the Dunham Lift Station Replacement Phase One Project will be received by the City of St. Joseph, at the City Clerk's office of the City of St. Joseph, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085 until 3:00 p.m. local time on November 8, 2018.Read more ...
Boards and Commissions Current Openings
We have openings on the following Boards / Commissions. These voluntary positions are a great opportunity to get involved with your community.Read more ...
Per - and Polyfluoalkyl 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 ...
Job Opening for Public Safety Officer
The City of St. Joseph is accepting resumes for the position of Public Safety Officer.Read more ...
City Residents have been given an additional week to clear their property of brush.Read more ...
IMPORTANT: Press Release: Information about House Bill 4503/Senate Bill 329 and Short-Term Rentals
It is important for residents to educate themselves regarding House Bill 4503 and Senate Bill 329. Please click on information from the Michigan Municipal League and others through a Letter and Press Release explaining the effect these two bills will have on our community.Read more ...
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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.
- 2018 Meeting and Deadline Schedule
- 2017 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 Application
- Dimensional Variance (ZBA request)
- Home Occupation Conditional Use Permit Application (PDF)
- Home Occupation Registration (PDF)
- Map Amendment (Rezoning)
- Planned Unit Development Application (PDF)
- Site Plan Application and Directions
- Special Use Permit Application and Directions
- Special Use Permit for Short Term Rental
- Subdivision (Land Division, Boundary Adjustment and/or Combinations)
- Text Amendment (changes to Zoning Ordinance)
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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Office Hours at City Hall
Monday – Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- 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