Location: Port Washington, WI

Creation of a New City Of Port Washington Zoning Code

Closing: September 29, 2023

Full RFP:

The City of Port Washington is requesting proposals from qualified firms/individuals to develop a new zoning code for the City that will replace its current code, “City of Port Washington Zoning Code” along with recommendations to update its Subdivision of Land ordinance of the Municipal Code.

The objective for a new zoning code is primarily to make for an easier to understand code that elevates use, site and design standards while aligning with the City’s recent planning efforts. More specific examples include:

  • Make the code easier to understand and administer
  • Make use of certain form-based standards
  • Incorporate building and site design standards – such standards are minimal in the current code • Reduce the number of Conditional Uses
  • Reduce the number of overlay districts
  • Expand Traditional Neighborhood Development style standards throughout the city
  • Improve zoning consistency with the Future Land Use Update and the Port Washington Downtown & Lakefront Plan
  • Incorporate user friendly use and site standards tables and diagrams
  • Expand and modernize terms and definitions listings
  • Add ample illustrations or other graphic types to visually define site and design standards
  • Incorporate a web-based version of the new zoning code into the City’s digital Municipal Code – the City recently incorporated its Municipal Code into General Code’s “ecode360” format
  • Retain certain areas of the existing code that allow for administrative flexibility, streamlined approvals and exceptions; including parking requirements
  • Update the sign code to align with relevant Supreme Court decisions and incorporate recent City sign code amendments and other possible changes
  • Simplify and modernize the planned development (Overlay) section
  • Update and simplify the landscape code and allow for improved administrative flexibility
  • If and where feasible and appropriate use zoning language to preserve lake views or corridors
  • Reduce the number of non-conforming lots in respective residential districts
  • Review the Subdivision of Land section and recommend updates to incorporate Traditional Neighborhood Development elements, among other possible changes
  • Incorporate selected current zoning code text change ordinances into the new zoning code.

How to Apply
Questions regarding the RFP are due by September 15, 2023, by 4:00 p.m. CST. Replies to questions will be posted not later than 3:00 p.m. September 20, 2023. Questions regarding this RFP should be addressed to Robert Harris, Director of Planning & Development, in writing via email at:

Proposal Packages are due September 29, 2023 by 4:00 p.m. CST and shall be submitted via e-mail in a pdf format to: