Mission Statement: The role of the Community Development Department is to coordinate activities relating to planning, development, and growth management. This Department provides guidance and assistance in order to achieve and maintain harmonious development of the City that meets the needs of existing and future residents, and which best promotes the City’s welfare, character, convenience, prosperity, and efficiency. Staff support is provided to the Common Council and related boards and commissions, and to the general public, in the area of planning, zoning, subdividing land, redevelopment, natural resource protection, annexation, historic preservation, and other planning related issues. City of Sturgeon Bay – Zoning Map – (updated 1/7/2021) City of Sturgeon Bay – Municipal Code
The City Sturgeon Bay Community Development Department is responsible for coordinating the overall growth and physical development of the city. The Community Development Department prepares and coordinates long-range plans for the City’s future growth. The role of the Community Development Department is to coordinate activities relating to planning, economic development, and growth management. The Department provides guidance and assistance in order to achieve and maintain harmonious development of the City that meets the needs of existing and future residents, and which best promotes the City’s welfare, character, convenience, prosperity, and efficiency. Staff support is provided in the following areas:
Planning: The department has the lead role in maintaining and implementing Sturgeon Bay’s Comprehensive. In addition, staff is involved in creating and implementing other plans such as the Downtown Waterfront Subarea Development Plan and the Safe Routes to School Plan.
Economic Development: The department coordinates downtown waterfront redevelopment efforts and in general promotes development within the city, including the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park. Many of these duties are contracted to the Door County Economic Development Corporation, which administers the Sturgeon Bay Revolving Loan Fund and Sturgeon Bay Development Zone program, among other duties.
Code Enforcement: The department administers several land use and development ordinances, including the zoning code, floodplain zoning code, subdivision code, historic preservation code, waterfront design review code and sign code. In addition, the department oversees the contract for building code enforcement (currently held by Independent Inspections LLC). The Community Development Director, under the direction and supervision of the City Administrator, coordinates administrative activities related to community development including planning and zoning, subdivision, redevelopment, annexation, and providing staff support to related boards and commissions.
Building Inspection: Building Code administration and inspections are provided by Door County Inspections LLC. Inspection services are located in City Hall located at 421 Michigan Street and can be contacted by calling 920-746-2915. Office hours for Building Inspection are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Building Inspection
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