Randy Tetzlaff
Director of Planning & Development

General Contact Information: City Hall, 100 W. Grand Avenue P.O. Box 307, Port Washington, WI 53074, (262) 284-2600, (262) 284- 7669 (fax)

Comprehensive Plan: A new comprehensive plan effort is underway. The city has joined other communities within the county to work with SEWRPC on developing a multi-jurisdictional plan for Ozaukee County as well as a separate plan for each participating community.

Basic process of approval or denial of development plan:

For undeveloped Land:

1) Staff meets with the developer/owner

2) Concept plan reviewed by Design Review Board

3) Concept plan approved or rejected by the Plan Commission

4) Possible annexation (following an approval of a pre-annexation agreement)

5) Amend Land use plan if needed to conform to the concept plan

6) Rezoning

7) Preliminary plat or condominium plat

8)  Final Plat

For a building/site project:

1. Meet with the developer/owner

2. Design Review Board recommendation

3. Plan Commission approval

4. If rezoning is required, Plan Commission recommends to Common Council

TIF Districts: TIF District No. 1 approved in 1991, was retired earlier this year; it included the downtown area and the city’s industrial park. Several million dollars of new commercial and industrial tax base was generated.

Economic Development Incentive: The only incentive available is a revolving loan fund (RLF) program. The city has used the RLF to fund several commercial and industrial projects, this past year, the City participated with Ozaukee County in financing an industrial retention loan to a long-time manufacturer.


–  Hidden Hills, a mixed-use commercial/residential conservation subdivision is underway along STH 33. A 16,000 SF retail center is scheduled to open by the end of the year.

–  A new 9,000 SF retail center is under construction on the south side of town The Grafton State Bank will be the anchor tenant.

–  On the north side of town, the City is preparing plans to create a new tax increment district. Included will be offices, an business park, and residential condominiums.

–  Smith Brothers Restaurant, a long-time downtown icon has undergone a major renovation and will now be known as Smith Brothers Marketplace. A new restaurant anchor and other smaller retailers are planned.

Fee Schedule:

 1) Preliminary Plat Review    $300

 2) Final Plat Review     $550

 3) Condo Plat Review     $250

 4) Certified Survey (w/o dedication)    $250

 5) Certified (with dedication)     $275

 6) Planned Development Overlay    $300

 7) Minor Review    $100

 8) Business, Site, and Operational Plan $450

 9) Conditional Use Grant    $300

10) Rezoning or Zoning Amendment     $250

11) Annexation     $300

Time Schedule for Plan Approval: The time from submittal to final approval varies. The City makes every effort to expedite the process however it is delayed most times because applicant failed to provide information in timely manner.

Building of Growth Moratoria: There is currently no building or growth moratoria in place.

Environmental Issues: Shoreland-wetland and Floodplain issues are concerns for the City. The City recently adopted new regulations regarding shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains along with new FEMA maps.

Single Development Department: There is not a “single” department, but the Engineering, Planning, and Inspection departments all work together with the developer.

Internet Connection: www.ci.port-washington.wi.us

– A “What’s New” section on the homepage

– Meeting Schedules of various committees/commissions including agendas and minutes

– Municipal Zoning Code

– Current Projects Link

– Community Development Authority General Information

– Contact Information

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