Meet the City’s Newest Associate Planner

Hembrook at his first Plan Commission meeting

Bryce Hembrook Joins City of Marshfield Development Services

There is a new face at City Hall. Bryce Hembrook recently began his position as Associate Planner for the City’s Development Services department, filling the vacant role left by Sam Schroeder.

Originally from Delavan, Wisconsin (50 miles southwest of Milwaukee), Hembrook attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he double majored in Urban Planning and Geography.

“I was drawn into the field as a young kid because I loved playing SimCity games. I have always enjoyed visiting the bigger cities around me and was always fascinated by the architecture and fast paced way of life,” he said. “I knew in college this was the field for me because it is great knowing that the work I will do one day will help shape a city.”

As Associate Planner, Hembrook’s main role with the City is to enforce the zoning regulations in the municipal code.

“Any new developments in the city has to follow certain requirements and restrictions and I am the person who ensures these requirements are met,” he said.

Hembrook is also in charge of the permitting process for signs and fences, and an average day consists of helping residents or developers with any zoning questions and eventually following up to ensure everything is complying.

“This position is important because the zoning regulations are created to protect the health, safety, morals, comfort, convenience, and general welfare of the public,” he explained. “Zoning is one way the City can control the physical development of land and the kinds of uses to which each individual property may be put.”

Hembrook has enjoyed getting to know the community and is most looking forward to working with residents and developers throughout their development process. Though quite a feat to learn all of Marshfield’s ordinances and their applications, Hembrook is eager for the challenge.

“The zoning section of the Municipal Code is quite long and not something you memorize overnight,” said Hembrook. “I am looking forward to becoming involved in the community for years to come.”

Outside of work, Hembrook enjoys watching sports, going to The Y, spending time with friends or family, and attending concerts.

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