One of the very important facets of the Department of Development is the Planning Office. The Planning Office is responsible for a wide range of Municipal Planning and regulatory functions. The office essentially deals with two forms of planning: current development and long-range planning.
Current development deals with the review of all land development that occurs within the City, as well as land divisions within the City's planning area, and the land use regulations and standards that are enforced. A land development project can be as basic as a split in a parcel or as complicated as an annexation of property. All of the development procedures and applications can be found in the 'Applications/Forms/Procedures' section. You may print, fill out, and bring these forms into the office to make your land development request proceed more smoothly.
Long-range planning is the future planning of the City of West Bend, or more directly, the 'Comprehensive Plans' that give the City direction into the future. Over the past decades, plans have been written for land use, transportation, urban design, natural areas, parks, and utilities. Every plan analyzes current conditions, populations, and needs in order to prepare an outlook for future needs. Many of these plans are developed for up to twenty years in advance and need periodic updates throughout the years, thus the name long-range planning!! Anyone can find many of the past comprehensive plans in the West Bend Library or in the Community Development Department.
Also found here are links to the other planning organizations to help you better understand what planning has done for other area communities and also, and more importantly, the City's Plan Commission, which is the committee that makes the final decisions on land development and oversees development of the City's comprehensive plans. You can use this website to find out who makes up the City's Plan Commission, what is on the agenda for this months meeting, and what decisions have been made in meetings past!
As is with all the projects and developments that are referred to on the Department's website public input is encouraged. Please feel free to voice your input and concerns to the department or the associate listed through e-mail, phone, or the postal service.