Division of Planning & Zoning
2020 City of South Bend Zoning Ordinance
On September 9th, the City of South Bend Common Council adopted an ordinance establishing a new South Bend Plan Commission and South Bend Board of Zoning Appeals, effective January 1, 2020. In addition, a new zoning ordinance and zoning map were adopted by the Common Council on November 12th – also taking effect January 1, 2020.
Therefore, the St. Joseph County Area Plan Commission is not accepting any new applications for rezoning, subdivisions, or variances for properties in the City of South Bend.
Anyone interested in filing a new application for rezoning, subdivisions, or variances for properties in the City of South Bend should contact Joe Molnar at the City of South Bend Department of Community Investment (574-245-6022). Please visit southbendin.gov/zoning to see the new zoning ordinance, new zoning map, and for information on how to apply for rezoning, subdivisions, or variances with the South Bend Plan Commission or South Bend Board of Zoning Appeals.
Thinking about solar?
Currently the St. Joseph County Zoning Ordinance does not mention solar which might make it confusing for property owners wanting to use this alternative form of energy. The Zoning Administrator has made an official interpretation regarding how solar can be utilized. Check out the letter here.
This is the beginning of initiatives being taken by County staff to help make St. Joseph County a solar friendly community as directed by the County Commissioners Solar Statement. A comprehensive zoning ordinance amendment is currently filed with the Area Plan Commission and County Council. This will have a public hearing before the Area Plan Commission on January 21, 2020 at 3:30PM and County Council on February 11, 2020 at 6:00PM. The meeting packet for the Area Plan Commission, which includes this amendment, can be found by clicking the Agenda button below. We are working closely with MACOG to implement these changes and information can be found by visiting the MACOG Solar Energy Resources page.
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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