Planning & Zoning
County-City Building Closed
The Board of Commissioners, in following the example of Governor Eric Holcomb’s “Stay at home” order and his closing of most state offices, is closing all non-essential functions of county government beginning, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 until at least April 7, 2020. Please see the complete press release.
The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Growth will have limited staff presence within the County-City Building from Wednesday, March 25th through Tuesday, April 7th. At the present time, we are scheduled to be back in the office at full capacity on Wednesday, April 8th, however this may change due to conditions outside our control. 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 Plat Committee meeting of April 2, 2020 is cancelled. Meeting business is forwarded to the next Plat Committee meeting, currently April 16, 2020. Please check this webpage for any updates.
The Area Board of Zoning Appeals meeting of April 8, 2020 is still scheduled to happen, but it may be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this webpage for any updates.
The Area Plan Commission meeting of April 21, 2020 is still scheduled to happen, but it may be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this webpage for any updates.
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?
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