Oak Creek Zoning & Sign Ordinance Update

Located just south of Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan, Oak Creek is a growing suburb that has transitioned from a semi-rural community of under 5,000 residents, to a diverse city of over 36,000. The new zoning ordinance was prepared to help better regulate development as the landlocked City transitioned to a fully built-out community. The new zoning ordinance was undertaken directly after adoption of a new Comprehensive Plan, both directed and prepared by Houseal Lavigne.

The zoning ordinance was updated to allow a greater variety of housing types in the City’s traditional single-family districts, including accessory dwelling units, incentives for universal design to accommodate aging in place, and increasing the development potential of residential and commercial areas. The new zoning also establishes a conservation subdivision process, by “right-sizing” parking requirements and eliminating unnecessary bulk and dimensional requirements. The City’s landscape, sign, fence, and other development standards were also updated to enhance the appearance of the community over time.