Department of Planning & Development

Cottage Grove’s recently upgraded I-94/CTH N interchange serves as the gateway between the Madison metro area and the I-94 Madison/Milwaukee corridor. The Cottage Grove Interstate Commerce Park is strategically located adjacent to the interchange. Development opportunities can also be found in the N. Main St. Corridor, along W. Cottage Grove Rd., and in the historic Olde Town core. The Village is home to three active TIF districts, and incentives are available for high quality projects.

The immediate Cottage Grove area is home to a top school district (Monona Grove) and ample recreational opportunities including three golf courses, Village and Dane County parks, and the western trailhead of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail which links Cottage Grove to Waukesha for bikers and hikers. The Village also features a newly built, high quality housing stock.

The Village of Cottage Grove employs an experienced and capable staff, dedicated to ensuring a smooth and predictable development process. Staff is available for pre-submittal meetings to provide local knowledge and guidance, and will become a trusted partner as your project grows to fruition. The Department of Planning & Development is your first stop for questions about both immediate development opportunities and long term land use planning.


“The Village of Cottage Grove, acknowledging our fast track plan, did a great job of personally working with us through the planned development review and approval process with the aim of beginning construction by February 1st 2016. Village Administrator, Matt Giese and Village Planner, Erin Ruth were invaluable in working with us through the process and were key in facilitating the Village Commission and sub-committee meetings.

Additionally, I think it is important to point out, that during our construction process the Village was very responsive to me and our Contractor, whether it was permitting, inspections or answering questions.  This eliminated any time consuming holdups. As a whole I experienced a very positive attitude toward the Development on behalf of the Village Commission, Staff and Administration going a long way toward making our project easier on behalf of the General Contractor and me as the owner.

In the end our project was on budget and we took occupancy on time allowing our transition to go smoothly with no interruption to customers.”
Mike Swanson, President, Atlantis Valley Foods

“The first meeting I had with the Village, I walked out into the parking lot and I thought to myself, this is where our home is going to be.”
- Murray Bishop, Manager of Exports and Logistics, Stihl

“They (Village officials) bent over backwards. They really let us know they wanted us.”- Joe Hickey, Midwest Branch Manager, Stihl

“We’ve been able to recruit many employees from all over to work at Johnson Health Tech in Cottage Grove. Being located just outside Madison, right off the Interstate, and still close to major cities like Milwaukee and Chicago makes Cottage Grove an attractive location.”

- Becky Quick, Senior Director of Human Relations, Johnson Health Tech

“For over 80 years we at Landmark Services Cooperative have had the pleasure to call Cottage Grove home. In 2011, we chose to build our new headquarters building in Cottage Grove, as it was the ideal location for us to bring our leadership from all our divisions to one central site. Being an agricultural cooperative we enjoy the rural atmosphere that Cottage Grove offers, however, when the need arises it is a convenient, short drive from larger cities including Madison and Milwaukee.”
- Bob Carlson, CEO, Landmark Services Cooperative

“Cottage Grove has small town appeal with many services of a large town. Cottage Grove’s administrative staff worked well with me to build my business plan to open Cottage Grove Eye Care. The Chamber of Commerce is active with monthly meetings and event planning in the community. I thought the time was right to add optometry to Cottage Grove’s list of services, and I am glad I did!”
- David Nelson, O.D., Cottage Grove Eye Care