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

On September 17, 2018, the St. Joseph City Council adopted the 2018 Comprehensive Plan.  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, sustainability, community engagement, participation and communication, and implementation. 

The Comprehensive Plan update guided by an Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission began in 2017 and has been prepared to serve as a blueprint in the future development and growth of St. Joseph and public input provided the foundation in creation of the plan. 

2018 Comprehensive Plan

Existing Conditions Report

Public Engagement Report                                                                                                                                                                                

Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

An EAW is a document designed to provide a brief analysis of the potential environmental impacts for a specific project. It is not meant to approve or disapprove a project but rather to guide other approvals, determine if an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is needed and to indicate how the project can be modified to lessen its environmental impacts.

Notice of Public Comment Period on EAW - St. Joseph Distribution Center  

The City of St. Joseph will accept written comments on the EAW for the proposed St. Joseph Distribution Center during the public review and comment period. Written comments should be submitted to Judy Weyrens, City of Joseph, 75 Callaway St. E, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Electronic/email comments may be submitted to The deadline for submitting written comments is October 31, 2018.                                                                                           


Therese Haffner
Community Development Director