Planning & Zoning
News & Announcements
|Please be advised that the Plat Committee of the Area Plan Commission of St. Joseph County, Indiana will hold a meeting on June 4, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. local time.|
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting is being held virtually with the ability to call in or video in using the Zoom information provided.
|Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Area Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 is canceled. Items will be placed on the agenda for July 8, 2020.|
|A special meeting of the Area Plan Commission has been called for Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 3:30. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually with the ability to call in or video in using the Zoom information provided.|
|The Area Plan Commission of St. Joseph County will hold its regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 3:30, located on the 4th Floor in the Council Chambers.|
County-City Building Operations
The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Growth will have limited staff presence within the County-City Building until at least June 8, 2020. For immediate assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our main number, 574-235-7800. We will be working remotely. If you have a question about a property please include the address or property ID number. We will work to reply to you as promptly as possible. The public is not anticipated to be allowed access to the County-City Building for non-essential services for some time, to a date to be determined later.
Thinking about solar?
On February 11, 2020 the St. Joseph County Council approved a forward-thinking ordinance to make it easier to develop solar and requires it to be done in a way that benefits the agricultural areas of the County. St. Joseph County is the first county in Indiana and one of the first counties in the United States to require pollinator-friendly solar. Pollinator-friendly solar has many benefits to the County by reducing soil erosion, reintroducing nutrients into the soil, creating habitat for pollinators and wildlife, and makes them aesthetically pleasing.
By introducing these regulations into our zoning ordinance, making solar easier to develop, and requiring pollinator-friendly solar, St. Joseph County will achieve Gold, the highest ranking, in the US Department of Energy SolSmart program. This will let solar developers across the country know St. Joseph County is one of the best places in the nation to develop solar. Small-scale residential and commercial solar is now substantially easier to implement allowing projects large or small to become a reality.
Interested in solar? The regulations can be found in the Zoning Ordinance. MACOG was a major partner in the development of these regulations and they have great resources that can be found on their MACOG Solar Energy Resources page.
Agendas & Minutes
Area Plan Commission Responsibilities
|Comprehensive Planning: Comprehensive land use planning takes on many forms, from community-wide to corridor and area-specific plans, which include the comprehensive plans of the member jurisdictions.|
Zoning: The Commission administers the rezoning process, from the initial contact with the developer or property owner, and through the public process. The Commission, after a public hearing, provides the respective councils a recommendation on the zoning change. The Commission is also responsible for the maintenance of the official zoning maps.
Subdivisions: The Commission has exclusive control over the subdivision of land within the member jurisdictions, and has delegated that authority to a Plat Committee. Please see subdivision process for more information.
Other Activities: The Commission is also responsible for preparing text and map amendments to the zoning and subdivision ordinances. Amendments are carefully reviewed with the councils and local agencies before being introduced. The Commission staff sits on a number of committees and provides assistance to its member jurisdictions on a wide variety of land use issues.
The Area Plan Commission serves the following jurisdictions:
** Does not serve: City of Mishawaka, City of South Bend, Town of Indian Village, or Town of Walkerton
Tue Jun. 9Area Plan Commission Special Meeting Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting is being held virtually. The Zoom meeting information can be found on the Division of Planning and Zoning web page.
Tue Jun. 16