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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, transportation, housing, economic development, parks and trails, and sustainability. 

The Comprehensive Plan update began in 2017 and is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2018. Public input has provided the foundation in the development of our vision statement and core values. 

The draft Comprehensive Plan is coming soon so check back frequently!  Check out the draft vision statement and core values below and visit the project website for more information. 

Draft Vision Statement and Core Values
Existing Conditions Report
Public Engagement Report


Therese Haffner
Community Development Director