Office Hours  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday
Location City Hall,
18 N. Jackson Street,
Third Floor
Telephone (608) 755-3085
Fax (608) 755-3189
Email Contact the City
Meet the staff Duane Cherek, Planning Director 

Summary of Services

The development team consists of two divisions: Planning (Planning, Janesville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and GIS/Mapping) and Building  (commercial/residential plan review, permits and inspections). Both divisions are involved in a wide range of physical planning and development review activities (see Development Review Guide). Please contact us if you have any questions about planning or the development review process.

The Planning Division reviews annexations, street vacations, rezoning requests, conditional use permits and subdivisions of land. The division also works to develop and maintain the City's Comprehensive Plan (Master Plan) which identifies Janesville's 25-year growth limits, prepares fiscal impact reports, drafts Zoning Ordinance amendments, prepares long range plans to assist the Council in the growth of the City, assists with downtown development projects, assigns addresses to properties and provides projections on population, housing, land use, environment, utilities, community facilities and the economy.

The Planning Division also staffs a GIS Coordinator and GIS Analyst who oversee, develop, and maintain the City's base mapping efforts along with creating new features needed by individual departments. The City's GIS system utilizes the latest in GIS technology and provides high-quality spatial data to City departments and the public and offers custom applications like the City’s Internet Mapping Website. This mapping website provides more efficient services to our citizens and will continue to evolve as demand for this information increases.

The Planning Division provides staff support for the Plan Commission, City Council, Sustainable Janesville Committee, Janesville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Technical and Policy Committees. In addition, staff reviews site plans to determine compliance with zoning and development code requirements. The division provides information to private developers and members of the development community conducting market analyses for clients as well as advice on site design and layout. The division maintains an excellent base of information for this purpose including neighborhood plans, aerial photographs and socio-economic/demographic data for sub-areas of the city.

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