Community Development Department
The mission of the Community Development Department is to drive investment in Shorewood by pursuing the goals and objectives of Shorewood's Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and other ordinances and plans aimed at promoting the growth of the Village in a manner that will not only provide its citizens with a safe and healthy environment, but also protect property values and the character of the Village. The Department consists of two Divisions: Economic Development, and Planning and Zoning.
The Economic Development Division actively seeks quality development in Shorewood and promotes the benefits of the Village to prospective businesses and residents, while assisting developers through the approval process, and retaining existing businesses. The economic development program also works collaboratively with the Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce to further promote the business community in Shorewood. The Business License and Registration programs are held within the Division.
The Planning and Zoning Division applies sound planning principles to the approval process of new development within the Village while reviewing projects for compliance with Village ordinances and planning documents. Staff facilitates periodic reviews of Village ordinances and plans for effectiveness and accuracy with current trends, policies of the Village Board and guidance of the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Department also provides staff assistance to the Planning and Zoning Commission and guidance to residents with regard to zoning matters.