The Planning Division is part of the Community Development Department. Planning guides future development of the City through the comprehensive planning process. In addition, Planning is responsible for land use issues including community and neighborhood planning, zoning, development review, historic preservation, sustainability, annexations, and joint planning efforts with surrounding jurisdictions.


  • Guide future development through comprehensive planning and zoning requirements.
  • Review development proposals for compliance with City standards.
  • Coordinate services with other governments and departments.
  • Educate customers regarding code compliance by providing user-friendly documents, processes, and customer contacts.


  • Provided development review assistance to developers, applicants, and interested citizens.
  • Provided written reviews to City boards and commissions regarding applications.
  • Prepared ordinance revisions for development-related regulations.
  • Aided citizens concerning development proposals, protest petitions, and community planning.
  • Prepared the annual Development Map and Report.
  • Responded to citizen requests for information.
  • Prepared and updated numerous community plans, including the Comprehensive Plan 5-year Review, Zoning Guide for Affordable Housing (League of WI Municipalities), and Barriers to Housing Report (InvestHealth), and began updates to the Sign Code, short-term rental regulations, and a new Shawtown Neighborhood Plan.
  • Coordinated sustainability projects for the City.
  • Maintained multiple GIS features and databases.

Boards & Associations

Planning provides direct support, including hearing and property notices, meeting presentations, agendas, minutes and application reviews and reports to the following boards and community organizations.

Boards and Commissions

Plan Commission

Zoning Board of Appeals

Waterways and Parks Commission

Landmarks Commission

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Sustainability Advisory Board

Business Associations

All Neighborhood Associations

Planning Expenditure Summary