On September 9th, the Common Council passed an Ordinance establishing the South Bend Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals starting January 1, 2020. In addition, a new zoning ordinance was adopted by the Council on November 12th and will also take effect January 1, 2020. For the remainder of 2019, the Area Plan Commission of St. Joseph County (APC) will continue to serve as the Zoning Administrator for the City, including zoning verification requests, review of Improvement Location Permits, and completion of any outstanding variance, zoning, or subdivision requests.
The APC will not accept new City of South Bend applications for rezoning requests, subdivisions, or variances to the ABZA.
While the City cannot accept formal submittal of new applications for rezoning requests, subdivisions, or variances until after January 1, 2020, the staff is happy to pre-review any project submittals and work with petitioners during this transition. If you need assistance in submitting for a commercial building permit, sign permit, or zoning verification prior to January 1, 2020, please visit www.sjcindiana.com/apc or contact the Division of Planning & Zoning at (574) 235-7800.
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What is a zoning ordinance?
A zoning ordinance divides land into districts or zones. Within the zones, the ordinance regulates how the land is used, the placement and materials of buildings, parking, landscaping, signs, and other aspects of development. The zoning ordinance is not the same as a comprehensive or neighborhood plan. The plan provides a vision or framework for an area; the zoning ordinance implements plans by providing regulations.
Why did the City update its zoning ordinance?
The current zoning ordinance was adopted in 2004. The new zoning ordinance update incorporates changes in the market, but most importantly, focuses on making the ordinance more user friendly. The new zoning ordinance enhances ease of use by simplifying regulations and language and incorporating more graphics and tables.
How do I see what my property is zoned?
Please click here to see the new zoning map.
How does the zoning impact what I do with my property?
For the vast majority of properties, the proposed zoning update will not affect how you can use it. For more details on the regulations for your property, please refer to the zone regulations that correspond to your property’s zoning as shown on the map. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the staff at (574) 235-9451.
When will the new ordinance take effect?
January 1, 2020.