Every project, whether residential or commercial, has its own unique needs. The Planning and Development Department works closely with the City’s Administrative Personnel, Public Works and Fire Departments, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, City Council, and other committees as needed to ensure that all new development is accomplished with a minimal amount of “Red Tape”. Certain requests are still necessary to ensure that all new development complies with City ordinances.
In addition to guiding new development, the Department strives to maintain the value, beauty and integrity of our wonderful community. We do this through the enforcement of the BOCA Property Maintenance Code and the City’s Property Maintenance Ordinance. These laws serve to define and control blighting influences scattered within the City. Abandoned vehicles, un-mowed lawns and the accumulation of debris are some of the many property maintenance complaints handled on a routine basis.
The Planning and Development Department offers Ashland a full range of services intended to guide the future development of the City and maintain the integrity and value of our existing neighborhoods in a manner consistent with public policy, municipal ordinances and State Statutes. In addition, the Department maintains the City’s Assessment records and assists our low and moderate income residents with the funds necessary to repair and maintain their homes though the use of Federal Community Development Block Grant loans.
The Ashland Planning and Development Department is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 601 Main Street West. We are available from 8am-4pm on all business days, excluding major holidays. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Though the projects that we work on in this department vary from week to week and month to month (please see our Current Projects page for more information), our department responsibilities are as follows:
• Upholding and enforcing the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) 781. This includes issuing permits that pertain to residential and commercial construction, as well as zoning permits (including permits for developments, signs, keeping of animals, and public art). For more information and an online copy of our UDO, please see our Planning and Zoning Ordinance (U.D.O.) page. Please see our Permits, Applications, and Fees page for more specific information about permits.
• Upholding and enforcing our property maintenance Ordinance 750. Please visit our Property Maintenance and Resources page for more information.
• Organizing and providing information for the Plan Commission. The Plan Commission reviews site plans, conditional use permits, rezoning requests, and text amendments, among other items. For upcoming and past agendas, as well as past minutes from plan commission, please see our Meeting Information page
• Encouraging implementation of Ashland’s Comprehensive Plan. For more information and for an online version of our comprehensive plan, please see our Long Term Planning page. For information about our current 10-year Comprehensive plan update, please see our Current Projects page.
• Organizing meetings and providing information for our Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). These meetings are not regularly scheduled, and are only called to order in the case of special circumstances including variances and appeals of an administrative decision. When scheduled, upcoming ZBA meetings will be listed on our Meeting Information page.
Department Staff and Contact Info:
Director of Planning and Development
City Building Inspector
Property Maintenance Specialist
Please send all relevant mail to:
Department of Planning & Development
City of Ashland
601 Main Street West
Ashland, WI 54806