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 the summer of 2018. The Draft 2018 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 held a public hearing on the Draft 2018 Comprehensive Plan on June 11, 2018 and will review the draft plan during their next regular scheduled meeting on August 13, 2018 to consider making a recommendation to the City Council for adoption.  

Draft 2018 Comprehensive Plan

Future Land Use Map Proposed Changes

Existing Conditions Report

Public Engagement Report                                                                                                                                                                                

Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments                                                                                                                                                     

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the St. Joseph Government Center on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6 PM or shortly thereafter to consider amending Ordinance 502, Zoning Ordinance, Sections 502.54: B-2 Highway 75 Business District and 502.62 LI Light Industrial District related to construction piles and adding Section 502.27 RR-Rural Residential District establishing a new zoning district to provide for very low density residential and limited development to maintain a rural life-style. 

Proposed B-2 Highway 75 Business District Ordinance (PDF)

Proposed LI Light Industrial District Ordinance (PDF)

Proposed RR Rural Residential District Ordinance (PDF)             


Therese Haffner
Community Development Director