The Oak Creek Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code update will modernize our City’s blueprint for the future – an updated Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code that that will guide the City in its decision making for the next 20 years.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for the future. It is a community vision that is intended to guide the City for the next 20 years. The Comprehensive Plan will result in a set of policies that direct future growth and development. Additionally, the creation of a Plan can lead to potential strategies that will help effectively guide City leaders with making substantive and thoughtful decisions for the community.
What are the contents of a Comprehensive Plan?
A typical Comprehensive Plan outlines the existing conditions of the City, describes future goals and objectives for development, and includes an action plan on how to achieve these goals and objectives. The Oak Creek Comprehensive Plan update will include plans addressing:
- Land use, Development, and Historic Preservation
- Housing & Residential Areas
- Economic Development & Commercial and Industrial Areas
- Transportation & Infrastructure
- Parks, Trails, and Recreation
- Open Space and Environmental Features
- Community Facilities and Services
- Specific Sub-Areas
Who is involved in creating the Comprehensive Plan?
As the blueprint for the City, it is critical that all of Oak Creek’s stakeholders are involved in the development of the Comprehensive Plan. The City is committed to involving residents, businesses, and workers in the process in order to craft a community vision for Oak Creek’s future. Ultimately, the Comprehensive Plan will be approved by the Plan Commission and the City Council.
We already have other plans. What will happen to those?
Existing plans are an important part of the Comprehensive Plan process. These Plans will inform the Comprehensive Plan, and in some cases will be incorporated into the plan if the goals and vision are still consistent with the community’s aspirations.
When will the update start and when will it be completed?
The initial phases of the update have begun, with anticipated completion in Summer 2019.
What is a Zoning Code?
Zoning is a tool used to enforce planning decisions that can regulate the look and feel of an area, promote or restrict certain industries, control the density of households in an area, and promote public health, safety, and welfare.
Why do we need to update our Zoning Code?
The Zoning Code will need to be updated as to ensure conformance with goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan, statutes, and federal legislation. While periodic updates to the Zoning Code have been made, a holistic update is required.
How can I get involved in the process?
It is important to get involved in all the Comprehensive Plan activities, from data collection, to community visioning and mapping, to creation of community goals and objectives. The Get Involved page of this website describes all the opportunities available to give your input, including public meetings, online surveys and questionnaires, and an interactive mapping tool. The News & Updates page will list meeting dates and times throughout the process as they are scheduled. Finally, materials from meetings and more information detailing the Comprehensive Plan process can be found on the Documents page.