Community Development

Community Development is an essential function that promotes economic growth and improves the standard of living. The benefits of community development, such as employment and infrastructure, come through local people changing attitudes, mobilizing existing skills, improving networks, thinking differently about problems, and using community assests in new ways.  It improves the situation of a community, not just economically, but also as a strong functioning community in itself. It incorporates land use planning and comprehensive planning that includes an orientation toward the future, the deliberate management of change, a broadly collaborative process, a balancing of competing interests, and the use of a plan to represent and explain proposals. Community development is the evolution and promotion of community goals and potential.

Central District Master Plan

In 2015 the Village updated the 2006 Central District Master Plan. The main goals of this plan are to build upon the District's assets, identify a more consistent land use and development strategy, and retain the eclectic, mixed-use, historic character of Shorewood.
Central District Master Plan

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Current Projects
The list of projects, plans and tools provided in the left column represent recent efforts in making Shorewood a vibrant community to work, live and play.  Take a look at each to see the status of certain projects or to see what was all involved in making it happen.

CDA and Congress for New Urbanism Collaboration

On May 17th 2016 the CNU hosted an event, coordinating with the CDA and Business Improvement District. They presented a history of Shorewood's progress over the past 10 years throughout the commercial district.  After, a panel discussion made up of a developer, two village representatives, a BID representative, financial and a real estate attorney. 

Check out the presentation slide show, providing before and after pictures of key projects.

About the Community Development Authority
Shorewood's Community Development Authority was created in 1993 with the objectives to create beneficial effects upon the economy and quality of life in the village by:
  • Elimination and prevention of underdeveloped, substandard, deteriorated and blighted areas
  • Structures, businesses, residences, and public infrastructure administration of community development programs
  • Promotion and retention of gainful employment opportunities for the citizens
  • Expansion of the availability of affordable housing; enhancement and preservation of the village's tax base
  • Stimulation of the flow of investment capital into the village
  • Creation of development and planning studies and proposals on behalf of the village