Highwood encourages economic development through zoning changes.
Highwood completed a major revisions of its downtown zoning code (PDF) to increase the likelihood of new residential and commercial development in its downtown. The revised code is immediately accessible to developers and provides a fast track to bring business and residential development into Highwood.
The new code offers specific guidelines for process, locations, design, styles, materials and densities that make it infinitely easier for the development community to move quickly through the City’s review process. For example, the City is open to higher density residential developments (condo and rentals) via taller buildings. The City of Highwood recognizes the absolute necessity to allow for additional building height to make developments profitable and therefore possible.