Current Planning

newzoningThe Planning Division is charged with overseeing development within the City. This is accomplished through reviewing and providing recommendations on applications for Rezoning, Planned Unit Developments, Site Plan Review, Conditional Use Permits, Sign Permits, Street/Alley Vacations & Closures, Street Name Changes, Official Map Amendments, Easement Discontinuances, and minor amendments to approved projects.

Zoning Information

City of Green Bay Chapter 13 – Zoning Code

Request for City Action Form 

Signage Information

Our Planning Division can issue a permit for signage on your property as allowed by code.  Please read the applicable code and fill out the application.  If you have questions before you submit the application, please call (920) 448-3400 to speak directly with the Planning Division.

Chapter 13

Sign Permit Application

Plan Commission

The Plan Commission’s primary role is to review planning, zoning, and land use issues per Wisconsin Statutes and provide recommended actions for City Council consideration.

The Plan Commission meets at 6:00 p.m. on the Monday following each City Council meeting at City Hall, 100 N. Jefferson Street, Room 604, Green Bay, WI 54301.

Plan Commission members consists of:
Tim Gilbert – Chair
Sid Bremer – Vice-Chair
Ald. David Nennig
Lisa Hanson
Jerry Wiezbiskie
Jacob Miller
Randall Petrouske

Find previous Plan Commission minutes here.

Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial citizen panel that hears appeals to zoning ordinance issues such as setback requirements, signage, parking, etc.

The Board meets  at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at City Hall, 100 N. Jefferson Street, Room 604, Green Bay, WI 54301. Application deadline is the 1st Tuesday of the month at 12:00 Noon.

Board of Appeals members consists of:
Don Carlson-Chair
Greg Babcock-Vice-Chair
Tom Hoy
Tom Everman
Noel Halvorsen

Appealing for a variance

Variance Application

Agendas/Audio Recordings/Minutes

Interactive GIS Map


In Wisconsin, parcels of land are created by recording either a final Plat or a Certified Survey Map (CSM). Prior to the final approval of a Plat or CSMs, a preliminary Plat or CSM is required to show the generalized concept for how a subdivision will be laid out (street layouts, lot configurations, open spaces, etc.). In considering approval of a Plat or CSM, the City must consider all the impacts the proposed subdivision will have on furthering the objectives of adopted City plans and the impacts the proposed subdivision will have on the City’s ability to provide municipal services. In most cases, the subdivision of land requires that the subject property be served with a full range of urban services.

Process Overview

1. Discuss Project with City Planning staff
Please talk with Planning staff before proceeding with any plat or certified survey map.

2. Submit a Subdivision Application
Submit your application to the Planning Division to begin the formal review process.

What to include: 

  • A completed Request for City Action form (pdf)
  • A completed land division check list (pdf)
  • The review fee (make check payable to City of Green Bay)
  • Map Copies drawn by a Wisconsin-registered land surveyor per the requirements in Wis. Stats. Sec. 236 and Green Bay Municipal code (Chapter 14)
    • Preliminary Plat – Digital Copy, 2 11″ x 17″ reduced-size copies
      • Erosion Control Plan (if required, 2 copies)
      • Conceptual Grading Plan (if required, 2 copies)
      • Stormwater Management Plan (if required, 2 copies)
    • Pre-Final Plat –  Digital Copy only
    • Final plat –  Digital Copy, 1 full size original
    • CSM – Digital Copy, 2 11″ x 17″ reduced-size copies
      • Erosion Control Plan (if required, 2 copies)
      • Conceptual Grading Plan (if required, 2 copies)
      • Stormwater Management Plan (if required, 2 copies)

3. Subdivision Review
Land Divisions are reviewed by City departments for compliance with City ordinances and policies and adopted City plans. As a CSM is a minor land divisions that can be used instead of a final plat to create a maximum of four parcels from an original parcel of property in a five-year period, most CSMs are administratively approved within 45 days of the submittal of a complete application. Plats typically take 60-90 days to process.

4. Subdivision Approval
If the land division request is approved, the Planning Division will send the applicant a letter outlining the conditions of approval. In order for the City to sign the final land division, the conditions in the letter will have to be met as verified by City staff.

5. Recording Final Plats and Certified Survey Maps
Once the conditions of approval of the final plat or CSM have been verified by City agencies, the Planning Director or his/her designee signs the land division before recording proceeds. Once all of the necessary City signatures have been completed, the land division may be recorded at the Register of Deeds Office.

More Information

Chapter 14 of the City of Green Bay’s Municipal Code: Subdivision and Platting

Request for City Action Form

Land division check list


1988 Intensive Resource Survey Final Report

Floodplain Information