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DCD's Planning Division promotes and guides the development of the city by preparing plans, developing zoning tools, and staffing various boards and commissions. The Planning Division is composed of Long Range Planning and Planning Administration.

If you're wondering whether your project needs a permit or would like to request a zoning letter, the place to start is the Development Center of the Department of Neighborhood Services.

City Plan Commission

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City's official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on various land use and development issues needing approval and holds regular meetings to hear potential plan updates, zoning changes and other planning related activities.


Planning Administration

The Planning Administration section staffs the City Plan Commission and works to implement the Comprehensive Plan by developing zoning tools and processing zoning change and land division applications.

Plan & Studies

Milwaukee's Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for development in the City of Milwaukee. The comprehensive plan consists of a city-wide policy plan and 14 area plans. The official comprehensive plan may be amended with additional documents such as economic development plans and strategic action plans. The City also prepares other plans and studies to support the comprehensive plan or to provide additional guidance or regulation in specific circumstances.

Area Comprehensive Plans

Plans and Studies


Urban Design

The Planning Division promotes best practices in urban design by developing design guidelines, conducting architectural review, and encouraging high quality design for buildings and public spaces.

 809 N. Broadway, 2nd floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202 




For More Information

Comprehensive Plans
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City Plan Commission
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For information on permits and zoning letters please contact the Department of Neighborhood Services

Request for WHEDA LIHTC Verification Letters

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