Community Development Overview
The City of Niles Community Development Department is one of
seven City departments. Its functions include activities related to short
and long-range community planning; economic and community
development; grant reporting and analysis; mass transportation
planning and operations; and historical preservation
and education. The department also works closely with the Niles Main
Street program. Community Development Director
Sanya Phillips may be
contacted by email or at 269-683-4700 ext. 3020.
The Community Development Department is comprised of the
following functional areas:
Planning provides information on land use, zoning, site
development standards, general plan policies and City Council
directed study issues. Planning also processes applications for
land use related permits.
Parks & Recreation 5-Year Plan
Notice of Intent - Master Plan
What is Master Planning?
Dial A Ride Transportation System
The Niles Dial A Ride is a transportation system serving
residents of the City of Niles and provides limited services to
surrounding township residents. Click here
to go to the Niles Dial A Ride webpage.
Niles History Center
The Niles History Center is located at 508 E. Main Street and
includes the Fort St. Joseph Museum, which is housed in the former carriage
house of its next door neighbor, the beautiful Victorian period Chapin Mansion.
The Chapin Mansion is open for historical and architectural tours. Read
more about the Niles History Center by
Plan & Consolidated Plan Survey
City of Niles Consolidated Plan
The City of
Niles Seeks Input!
The City of Niles is in the process
of developing a Consolidated Plan for the use of Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The Consolidated Plan is a
requirement pursuant to Title 24 part 91 of the Code of Federal
Regulations in order for the City to receive and expend CDBG funds.
The Plan will identify the City's priorities for allocating these
federal grant funds to housing and community development needs and
priorities for the next five years.
Public participation is very important in
helping the City plan for how the CDBG funds will be expended over
the course of the next 5-years; and, the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) requires that the City encourage public
participation throughout this process and emphasizes involvement
opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.
The City is looking to receive input from all
residents and supportive agencies in order to gain an understanding
and develop a plan for the community.
The City of Niles is asking for your input in
setting future goals and programs to better serve the community
through the Housing and Community Development Department.
Please rate each program or activity within the
survey, based on what you feel is the level of need for your
Please help the City of Niles determine its
housing and community development needs by participating in the
survey. Survey Link:
The survey should take approximately 10
minutes. We appreciate your time and assistance in helping us plan
for the next five years!
Community Development Block Grant Funding
Community Development Block Grant Annual
Home Assistance Program
The Community Development Department oversees federal funds
that are supplied through the Community Development Block Grant
(CDBG) to help income-eligible residents with home rehabilitation
assistance. The Homeowners Assistance Program is an annual cycle
program available when federal monies are available. Click on one of
the links below for more information.
Requests for Bids or Proposals for CDBG
Projects are listed on this website's