Department of City Development Records, 1934-2007


In 1961 the City Plan Commission, the Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Authority merged into the Department of City Development (DCD). Its Director is appointed by the Mayor for a two-year term, and serves as secretary of each of the three component agencies. City Development acts as the planning, housing, economic development, and redevelopment authority. The Department of City Development is responsible for preserving city neighborhoods, managing public housing programs, redeveloping neighborhoods, business districts and businesses, and furthering job creation and retention.

The DCD also assists the following agencies: Common Council Economic Development Committee; Community Housing and Preservation Corporation; Fourth of July Commission; Historic Preservation Commission; Mayor’s Beautification Committee; Milwaukee Arts Board; Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation; and Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation.