Zoning/Land Use

Zoning is the major tool used to regulate land uses and implement a comprehensive plan. The zoning ordinance regulates the use of property to advance the public health, safety, and welfare. It has been used throughout the United States and in Wisconsin since the 1920’s.  The goal of planning is to maximize the health, safety and economic well-being for all residents.  This involves thinking about how we move around our community, the businesses and attractions in our community and where we want to live, and opportunities for recreation. 

Zoning Code Updates Coming Spring of 2019!


For current Zoning Information & Questions, please click here.

Plan Commission


The City of Wausau Plan Commission, as in other cities in Wisconsin, serves a wide variety of roles pertaining to land use and other types of community planning.  The commission regularly reviews zoning change and conditional use requests.  It also engages in a variety of long-term planning activities, including implementation of the City's comprehensive plan. 


Meetings of the Plan Commission are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m.  Please check the City of Wausau Calendar to confirm whether the meeting will be held.


The Commission is composed of the Mayor as presiding officer, the Public Works Director, the Chair of the Park and Recreation Committee, an alderperson elected by the Common Council and three residents of the City.

Link to Commission Members