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City of Port Washington Department of Planning & Development

The Department of Planning and Development assists the Mayor and Common Council in the development and implementation of public policy relative to the future growth and redevelopment of the city. Staff provides support to the Plan Commission and makes recommendations on proposed plans and projects. The Department also conducts studies and prepares reports on topics related to the economic, social, and physical development of the City.

The information on this page is made available to provide up-to-date information about our Department. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Residential Land For Sale

The City of Port Washington will be accepting sealed bids for the purchase of two residential land parcels located in the north 1000 block of Grant Street. Although currently not available, the City will be extending sewer and water to both parcels for new development. Due to the depth of the proposed sanitary sewer, conventional gravity will not be possible.

Parcel #1: This parcel lies west of N. Grant Street and east of Sauk Creek. It is approximately 100’ x 380’ in size and is large enough for (4) building sites. The parcel drops off in elevation from the street to the creek but is not impacted by the floodplain. The parcel may contain some rubble located along the street and is considered as part of the former landfill property. A certified survey will be needed to create a saleable parcel; the winning bidder may request that up to (3) new lots be created by the certified survey; a fourth lot can be created by a subsequent land division. The City will rezone the parcel from PUL Public and Utility Land to RS-5 Single Family. Minimum bid is $150,000.

Parcel #2: This parcel lies east of N. Grant Street and was platted into (4) lots several years ago and has 345’ of frontage with varying lot depths of 120’ to 154’. It is zoned RS-4 Single Family. This parcel is known to have some rubble in the subsoil; depth and breadth of the rubble is unknown. The parcel is being sold with the understanding that slab on grade construction may be required. Minimum bid is $100,000. Both parcels may be viewed at the following links:

Bidders may submit sealed bids for either the west or east side parcels or both. Sealed bids will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on April 13, 2018. Bids must set forth all contingencies relating to the transaction. The City of Port Washington reserves the right to accept the bid most advantageous and reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bids for either or both parcels should be submitted to Mark Grams, City Administrator, 100 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, WI 53074.

South Bluff Development Proposal

Prairie's Edge

Marina District Plans By Local Businessmen

A group of local businessmen led by Mike Ansay has presented plans for the Port Washington Marina District. Included in those plans is a year-around facility and green space on the North Slip parking lot; that proposal is in-lieu of The Blues Factory if that project does go ahead as planned. Also, the former Victor’s site and City car/trailer would be replaced by as many as 20 row houses or Brownstones. On the block to the north, a 44-unit apartment building is proposed to replace the homes currently there. Finally, the Newport Shores site would be redeveloped as an entertainment district that may also include a hotel, condominiums or time shares. The value of the proposed projects would exceed $26M. Click here to see the plan.

Alternatives to the Marina District plan proposed by Mike Ansay were presented at the September 6th Common Council meeting. Stephen Perry Smith who previously presented a townhome development for the City’s car/trailer lot, offered two alternatives for the adjacent block that is surrounded by Pier, Jackson, and Lake Streets. One plan shows two 3-story apartments with a connecting plaza for a total of 42 units. The other shows a 3-story 34-unit apartment and four townhomes fronting Lake Street. Both apartments have enclosed parking and both plans retain the brick Victorian home on the corner of Pier Street and Harborview Lane. The proposed projects range in value of between $6.3 and 6.7M. Click here to see the plans: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.

E. Pier Street Redevelopment

At its May, 2016 meeting, the Plan Commission reviewed plans for the redevelopment of the 300 block of E. Pier Street. Both plans received approval by the Commission. One plan presented by Engberg Anderson Architects is for a 44-unit, 4-story apartment building that would be constructed on the site of the former Victor’s property and the municipal boat trailer parking lot. The project is valued at $5.8M. View the plans here. The other plan presented by Stephen Perry Smith Architects is a three level, 11-unit owner-occupied townhouse condominium project located only on the municipal boat trailer parking lot. This project is valued at $4.3M. View the plans here. The Common Council review both plans and decide on which project and developer to work with.

Contact Us

Department of Planning & Development
100 W. Grand Ave., P.O. Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074

Director of Planning and Development
Randy Tetzlaff

Administrative Assistant
Judy Klumb

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City of Port Washington Committees

Plan Commission

Design Review Board

Community Development Authority

Economic Development

City of Port Washington projects

08-17-15 The Blues Factory Proposal

08-17-15 North Slip Parking Lot RFP Update

08-17-15 The Blues Factory Proposal FAQs

02-19-14 Downtown Parking Supply & Demand Analysis

City of Port Washington resources

Downtown Redevelopment Sites Plan

Comprehensive Plan: 2035

Plan Commission Application

Downtown Revitalization Plan - Phase I

Downtown Revitalization Plan - Phase I Appendices

Downtown Revitalization Plan - Phase II

Zoning Codes

Zoning Map

Municipal Codes

Subdivision Control Municipal Code

City Map

Downtown Tax Incremental District