City Development Layout


    The Department of City Development has responsibilities in four program areas:

        • Planning and Redevelopment
        • Development Regulation
        • Block Grant Administration
        • Updating of the Zoning Ordinance.

    Planning and Redevelopment seeks to anticipate the changing needs of the city as they affect its physical development and to create programs to address those needs. Department staff works with the Redevelopment Authority and City Plan Commission in this program area. We currently have two special redevelopment initiatives underway: Brownfields and Commercial Corridors.

    Development Regulation is the administration of the city’s development controls in such a manner as to maintain and increase property values, minimize or eliminate conflicts between neighboring land uses, and to expeditiously and fairly decide issues that come before the department. Department staff works with the City Plan Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, and design review committees in this program area.

    Block Grant Administration is the management of the funds received by the city from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in compliance with federal regulations and to address the city’s greatest needs. Department staff works with the Community Development Committee in this program area.

    The Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 114 of the Municipal Code) provides the framework for development within the City.  The City of Racine City Development Staff has begun the multi-year process of updating its Zoning Ordinance.  For current updates/additions in progress, please visit the Current City Development Projects page.


  • Contact Information  

    Department of City Development
    City Hall, Room 102
    730 Washington Ave.
    Racine, WI 53403

    Main Telephone:                  






    Director of City Development  
    Brian O'Connell

    Assistant Director of City Development  
    Matthew Sadowski

    Associate Planner  
    Jill Johanneck

    Community Development Program Specialist 
    Jeff Vitton, AICP

    Community Development Compliance Specialist
    Laura Detert

     Administrative Assistant 
    Michelle Cook


    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:55 p.m.


    Other Contact Information  

    Building Administration

    Building Inspector

    Electrical Inspector

    Zoning Enforcement

    Planning Department

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