Community and Economic Development

General Information:

The Village of Brookfield Community and Economic Development Department is charged with three functions:

  • business expansion and retention;
  • building and zoning code enforcement; and
  • long-term land use planning.

To that end, it works with the business community to ensure that the business climate remains competitive and (as needed) assists businesses on eligible redevelopment projects.

Building code and zoning review involves ensuring the safe build-out and construction of “compatible uses” throughout the community, as well as ensuring that future development complies with storm water programs in the Village.

The department issues construction related permits, conducts inspections of all construction projects at specific stages of progress, and performs regular property maintenance inspections throughout the Village. The department also conducts resale and business license inspections.

Lastly, the department is involved in long-term land use plans. This includes a new Comprehensive Plan (available below and at the following link: Comprehensive Plan), park improvement plans, and the Active Transportation Plan.  Additionally, the Zoning Modernization ordinance will assist the Village in implementing goals embodied in these plans.

Department Staff:

    • Michael Schwarz, Director of Community & Economic Development
      Contact Michael to discuss economic development projects (underway or planned for a later date), TIF district financing or business retention questions. If you are not sure who to contact at the department or need trouble shooting, please contact the Director to facilitate a response.
    • Elyse Vukelich, Village Planner
      Contact Elyse with questions related to zoning, signage, future development, business licenses, zoning on a specific property, new construction, and Planning and Zoning Commission projects. Elyse can also assist with zoning code questions about lot coverage, parking, building heights, and setbacks.
    • Paul Trudeau, Chief Building Inspector
      Contact Paul with building code questions, revisions for current jobs, future projects, and plan review. If you need assistance in interpreting building code provisions (e.g., the 2015 IRC or IBC) he is able to assist you with follow-up questions.
    • Megan Shilney, Permit Services Coordinator
      Contact Megan regarding building permit applications – either active permits or permit applications prior to submittal. She can address questions about permit cost, application information (including permit checklists and contractor registrations) and inspections. Once a permit is active, Megan is able to provide status updates on the progress of permit plan review and inspections.
    • Cari Sheehan, Administrative Assistant
      Contact Cari with questions on the status of submitted permits, submittal requirements, and other department related inquiries.