About Division of Planning and Zoning - Work Program

Recurring Work Program Elements

  • Administer zoning applications
  • Administer subdivision plat applications
  • Administer variance and special exception use applications
  • Administer zoning violation complaints
  • Administer the Project Advisory Team
  • Research and administer zoning ordinance text changes
  • Review street and alley vacation requests
  • Participate in the plan review process – issuance of ILPs
  • Assist the public in a wide range of zoning and platting-related property issues
  • Provide GIS-related assistance to public and government agencies


  • Juday Creek Task Force (MACOG)
  • Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (MACOG)
  • Census 2020 Complete Count Committee
  • Economic Development Professional Network (Chamber of Commerce)
  • Shirley Heinze Land Trust Advisory Committee
  • St. Joseph County Regional Water and Sewer District (St. Joseph County)

2019 Work Program Initiatives

  • Replacement of the St. Joseph County Subdivision Ordinance
  • Assist the City of South Bend in completing the updates to the South Bend Zoning Ordinance
  • Assist the City of South Bend in its consideration to establish an advisory plan commission
  • Begin preliminary work on revising the St. Joseph County Zoning Ordinance
    • Assessment of all sections
    • Revise portions of the Accessory Use section
    • Revise portions of the Trailers, Mobile Homes and Tents section
    • Revise Signs section
  • Update the Street and Alley vacation procedure; assume administration
  • Digitize all Written Commitment documents
  • Continue integration of electronic files with County GIS system