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.
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