Community Development

The Community Development Department promotes development and livability and works to make St. Joseph a safe and attractive community to live and locate a business. Department staff are available to provide professional assistance to guide residents, landowners and businesses through the development process.

The department is responsible for the review and management of development and redevelopment in the City of St. Joseph. The department coordinates the preparation of a comprehensive plan which lays out the City's long-range guide to how property should be developed.

The Community Development Department is comprised of the following divisions:

Planning and Zoning
Economic Development

Envision St. Joseph - Comprehensive Plan

The City of St. Joseph is updating the City's Comprehensive Plan and we are working with Community Design Group (CDG) to do that. A Comprehensive Plan is a guide on how the community wants to develop into the future. Plan components include land use, housing, economic development, transportation, community facilities, parks and recreation, and sustainability. 

The Comprehensive Plan update guided by an Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission began in 2017 and is anticipated to be completed in spring of 2018. The Draft Comprehensive Plan has been prepared to serve as a blueprint in the future development and growth of St. Joseph and public input has provided the foundation in creating the draft plan. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Draft Comprehensive Plan on June 11, 2018 beginning at 6PM or shortly thereafter. The public comment period on the draft plan is now open until June 11, 2018. Share your input! Email your comments and questions to Therese Haffner at thaffner@cityofstjoseph.com 

Draft Comprehensive Plan: 

Future Land Use Map Proposed Changes

Entire Plan as a Single PDF

Contact:

Therese Haffner
Community Development Director
320.229.9424
Email