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Upcoming Elections 2021
Job Opening: Water & Sewer Serviceperson
The City of St. Joseph is accepting applications/resumes for the position of Water & Sewer Serviceperson.Read more ...
Job Opening: Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation
The City of St. Joseph is seeking a Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation to manage crews that maintain City road maintenance, rubbish collection and motor pool operations.Read more ...
City of St. Joseph Seeking Finance Director/City Treasurer
The City of St. Joseph is seeking a Finance Director/City Treasurer.Read more ...
Hidden Histories Education Series
“Through a partnership with Spectrum Health Lakeland, Lake Michigan College, and the City of St. Joseph, a three-part virtual panel discussion will explore how historical laws, policies, and practices laid the foundation for today’s racial inequities.Read more ...
Job Opening: Seasonal Laborer
The City of St. Joseph is currently accepting applications for the position of Seasonal Laborer in the Public Works Department.Read more ...
To learn more about Floodplain or the Special Flood Hazard Areas in the City of St. Joseph or the 2019 Preliminary revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)) out for 90-day appeal process through the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA) beginning December 19, 2020.
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.
Floodplain or Special Flood Hazard Area Management
To learn more about Floodplain or the Special Flood Hazard Areas in the City of St. Joseph or the 2019 Preliminary revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) out for 90-day appeal process through the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA) beginning December 19, 2020.
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)
- 2021 Fee Schedule
- Sign Ordinance -- effective date February 6, 2020
- Subdivision Ordinance (Chapter 27 of Code of Ordinances)
- Zoning Ordinance (last updated January 21, 2021)
- 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
- 2021 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