Jeffrey B. Labahn, City Planner

625 52nd Street – Room 308, Kenosha, WI 53140

Phone: (262) 653-4030

Fax: (262) 653-4045, E-mail:

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: No. The City of Kenosha is currently preparing a plan to meet the state Smart Growth requirements. This is a multi-jurisdictional planning effort being done in coordination with Kenosha County.


– First we strongly encourage anyone proposing to develop in the City of Kenosha to meet informally with planning staff in the Department of City Development. There is no fee for this consultation and staff can typically meet with the applicant shortly after our office is contacted.

– We also encourage submission of a Concept Plan application for City review to check if the basic development proposal is deemed to be consistent with the City plans, regulations and policies. This informal plan review involves the various City departments and results in a City response addressing the feasibility of the project. Finally, the developer would need to submit a formal project application (Conditional Use Permit or Site Plan Review), including site and building details of the proposal. Final action is the responsibility of the City staff, City Plan Commission or Common Council, depending on the use, size and location of the facility.

TIF DISTRICTS: The City of Kenosha has created 11 TIF Districts, nine are still active. Of the nine active districts, four have assisted in the creation of Business/Industrial Parks. One district is for downtown redevelopment, two districts to remediate Brownfield sites and another district for the commercial streeetscape project. In each district, TIF funds were used for public improvements and activities.

TIF #1 is located in the western part of the City, just north of STH 158.

TIF #5 is the land northwest of the intersection of 60th Street and 99th Avenue.

TIF #8 is the adjacent land directly to the west of TIF #5, stretching to 104th Avenue.

TIF #4, #6 and #7 are the downtown redevelopments closer to the lakefront.

TID #9 is located in the northeastern part of the City, close to the lakefront.

TIF #10 is located in the Wilson Neighborhood.

TIF #11 is located north and south of STH 158, east of 88th Avenue.

The City also has an Economic Development Revolving Fund as part of their Community Development Block Grant Program. To date, the Lakeshore Business Improvement District has used these funds to assist in new business creation and facade restoration.

REDEVELOPMENT AID: The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Kenosha is responsible for redevelopment activities, the focus of which is the elimination of blighted properties and areas. The construction of Stationside Village and Stationside Streetscape are a result of the Redevelopment Authority’s efforts.


– Rustoleum is currently constructing a 600,000 s.f. distribution facility at the northeast corner of 52nd Street (STH 158) and 88th Avenue (CTH H). The facility is expected to be completed by August of 2008. An additional 250,000 s.f. of building could be added at a future date.-    

– Kenosha Town Center is a 100 acre, 750,000 s.f. commercial/retail development proposed west of Interstate 94 from 60th Street to 71st Street. The first phase of the project is expected to be submitted to the City for approval in November 2007, with construction beginning shortly thereafter.

– Pannatoni Development is constructing a 600,000 s.f. facility in the Business Park of Kenosha, Phase 2. A tenant has not been named, but it is expected tobe a distribution facility for possibly one or multiple tenants.

– Construction continues to proceed at the former American Brass site. A Pick’N Save grocery store has opened in July of 2006 and the first of three mixed use retail/residential facilities is expected to open to the public in October of 2007.

FEE SCHEDULE: (Pending revisions in 2008)

 1) Annexation Agreement $125.00

 2) Concept Plan (CUP/Site Plan Review/Rezoning)    $525

 3) Conditional Use Permit/Site Plan Review

     0-10,000 s.f. or 0-1 acre $750.00

     10,001-50,000 s.f. or 1-10 acres $1,200

     50,001-100,000 s.f. or 11-25 acres $1,700.00 100,001+ s.f. or 25+ acres $2,000.00

 4) Resubmittal of plans     $400

 5) Planned Development Overlay (PDO) Petition    $440

 6) Rezoning Without Concept Plan    $440

 7) Rezoning With Concept Plan    $965

 8) Airport Site Plan Review    $500

 9) Certified Survey Map Concept     $300

10) Certified Survey Map without Developer’s Agreement

       2-Lot Certified Survey Map………………$600

       3-Lot Certified Survey Map………………$700

       4-Lot Certified Survey Map………………$800

       Resubmittal of Map………………………..$350

11) Certified Survey Map with Developer’s Agreement     $1,500

12) Developer’s Agreement     $1,200

TIME SCHEDULE FOR PLAN APPROVAL: The timeline varies depending on the scope of the project. Approvals take a minimum of 30 days and may take up to 6 months.

BUILDING OR GROWTH MORATORIA: The City of Kenosha currently has a moratorium on issuance of permits for placing artificial structures in the public right-of-way.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: The City of Kenosha has a long history of manufacturing activity comprising a significant portion of the economic base. While some of these traditional industries continue to be present, many of these facilities have closed, resulting in Brownfield’s of various sizes and locations. The City of Kenosha encourages the redevelopment of these sites and has taken the lead in acquiring title to three significant properties – Simmons/Chrysler Lakefront; American Brass/Outukumpu and the Frost Company.

SINGLE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT: No. The City of Kenosha believes this is a marginal idea. It speeds up the processing, but increases the risk of poor development when obtaining approval and establishes too much power in a few hands.

INTERNET CONNECTION: (link to City Development)

– Meeting Schedules for various Committees or Commissions, including agendas and minutes.

– Detailed information about basic process of approval of a development plan,including:

– Rezoning

– Annexation

– Land Division

– Zoning-Concept Plan Review

– Site Plan Review

– Conditional Use Permit and others.

– Redevelopment Projects in detail

– Contact information

– Project spotlights

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