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

Proposed Ordinance Amendments

The Planning Commission will hold public hearings on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the St. Joseph Government starting at 6 PM or shortly thereafter to consider amending Ordinance 502, Zoning Ordinance, Section 502.62: LI Light Industrial District and Section 502.25: Zoning District Boundaries and General District Provisions. The proposed ordinance amendments to the LI District include amending the permitted, and interim uses to allow for breweries, distilleries, and asphalt and concrete plants. The proposed ordinance amendments to Zoning District Boundaries are related to the zoning classifications of properties recently annexed into the City of St. Joseph. 

Proposed LI Light Industrial District

Proposed Zoning - Annexation Area 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Therese Haffner
Community Development Director