The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) is the official metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and regional planning commission (RPC) for the seven county southeastern Wisconsin area. SEWRPC was created in 1960 to provide the basic information and planning services necessary to solve problems which transcend the corporate boundaries and fiscal capabilities of the local units of government comprising the Southeastern Wisconsin Region. For 50 years SEWRPC has provided such information and planning services needed to solve problems and provide focus and attention on key issues of regional consequence. more
SEWRPC Announces publication of the “MASTER PLANNERS: Fifty Years of Regional Planning in Southeastern Wisconsin: 1960-2010” by Paul G. Hayes
To help guide its future by reviewing and learning from its past, and to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) commissioned Paul G. Hayes to write a history of the first fifty years of the Commission’s existence.
The book is available for $29, plus shipping and tax. Please call the SEWRPC office or e-mail email@example.com to order a copy. A newsletter and brochure have been prepared to provide an introduction to the book. more
We invite you to participate in planning for the future of our region.
Planning for needs like efficient highways and public transit systems, beneficial parks and open spaces, major land use changes and employment centers, and a quality environment including clean water cannot be done well without working together. These and other needs require a multi-county planning effort and benefit from the participation of many people.
This homepage highlights many of SEWRPC’s efforts and identifies pathways to participation through opportunities like public meetings, public review and comment periods, and planning studies underway. Please take a few moments to navigate the links to particular work efforts and events for a more detailed look at what is happening and how to learn more or comment.
To help guide public participation, SEWRPC has prepared a public participation plan, summary brochure, and companion documents which are available by clicking on the link below. These address the importance of public participation to regional planning, the Commission’s public participation goal, and important steps that are taken for involvement opportunities in all of our efforts.
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Current Major Work Efforts
Regional Water Supply Study
The regional water supply plan has been completed and adopted by the Commission. more
The socio-economic impact (SEI) analysis of the preliminary recommended regional water supply plan is also complete. The SEI analysis was prepared by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development (UWM-CED). The Commission's Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) reviewed and discussed the SEI analysis. One remaining issue identified by the EJTF was whether or not cost differences between Waukesha water supply alternatives would have any differential socio-economic impacts. The UWM-CED analyzed that issue and has found that "it appears unlikely at this time that the difference in overall cost between the Lake Michigan option and a groundwater option would result in significant socio-economic impacts." Following the additional analysis by the CED, the EJTF accepted the SEI analysis report. The results of the SEI are incorporated in the regional water supply plan and the SEI report summary and conclusions chapter is included as an appendix in the water supply plan report.
Jurisdictional Highway Plans
SEWRPC is currently preparing updates to the county jurisdictional highway system plans. The plans would provide a review and reevaluation, and recommendations as to which level and agency of government—state, county, and local—should have jurisdictional responsibilities for each segment of arterial street and highway in the Region. The new county jurisdictional highway system plans would constitute a refinement and amemdment of the functional improvements—new arterial facilities and widening of existing facilities—recommended in the year 2035 regional transportation plan. More on the jurisdictional highway plans can be found here.
Regional Natural Areas Plan Update
The Regional Natural Areas Plan Update documents an amendment to the Natural Areas and Critical Species Habitat Protection and Management Plan for the Southeastern Wisconsin Region. more
Notices & News
New Regional Housing Plan Adopted
Work has been completed on a year 2035 Regional Housing Plan. The plan was adopted by SEWRPC in March 2013, and updates the regional housing plan adopted in 1975. Housing affordable to low- and moderate-income households is the focus of the plan, which also addresses the housing needs of persons with disabilities, subsidized housing, workforce housing, fair housing, and best housing practices. more
Racine County Transit Plan
Public meetings were recently held on March 6 and 12, 2013, on a series of proposed transit service improvement alternatives for the City and County of Racine over the next five years. Members of the public were able to review these alternatives at the meetings and submit comments during a formal public comment period, which ended on March 15, 2013. The alternatives were developed by SEWRPC staff, working closely with City and County staff, as part of a short-range, five-year plan for public transit in Racine County. The alternatives were approved for public comment by the plan’s Advisory Workgroup, which includes representatives from all units of government in Racine County and a wide variety of agencies and populations with an interest in transportation in the County. More information on the plan can be found here, including a newsletter summarizing the proposed alternatives.
2012 Federal Planning Certification Review of the Regional Transportation Planning Process Conducted in Southeastern Wisconsin
The U.S. Department of Transportation is currently conducting a planning certification review of the metropolitan transportation planning process conducted in Southeastern Wisconsin. This review is conducted every four years. Public comments received will be incorporated in the review and considered together with other USDOT oversight activities to determine if the transportation planning process meets applicable requirements of Federal transportation law. more
Lake Parkway Extension Study
SEWRPC recently conducted a study of a potential six-mile extension of the Lake Parkway (State Trunk Highway 794) from its current end point at Edgerton Avenue to State Trunk Highway 100 in Milwaukee County. The study was prepared at the request of Milwaukee County and the Cities of Cudahy, Oak Creek, St. Francis, and South Milwaukee, and was guided by an Advisory Committee composed primarily of elected officials. Following review of public comment received on its preferred design, the Advisory Committee made a final recommendation that the Lake Parkway be extended from Edgerton Avenue to State Trunk Highway 100. The Advisory Committee further recommended that SEWRPC add the Lake Parkway extension to the regional transportation system plan, and recommended that upon addition of a Lake Parkway extension to the regional transportation system plan, Milwaukee County and each of the concerned and affected local governments request that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation conduct the necessary preliminary engineering and environmental impact studies for a Lake Parkway extension.
More information on the study, including the final study report, can be accessed here.
New Population and Economic Forecasts
SEWRPC has begun the work of updating and extending its long-range forecasts of population, households, and employment in the Region. Currently, SEWRPC projections are for the period from 2000 to 2035. The new forecasts are being prepared for the period from 2010 to 2050. more
2010 Census Data
Population and household data from the 2010 census is now available for Wisconsin. SEWRPC has prepared summary tables for the counties and communities in the region. more
Other Studies Underway
"Smart Growth" Comprehensive Planning
SEWRPC works with county and local governments to meet the Wisconsin comprehensive planning requirements commonly called “Smart Growth.” Educational material attendant to this law may be found here. The following links will take you directly to material about multi-jurisdictional comprehensive planning: Kenosha County, Ozaukee County, Racine County, Walworth County, Washington County, and Waukesha County.
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Southeastern Wisconsin is now available. The TIP is a listing of Federally funded transportation projects proposed for Southeastern Wisconsin 2013-2016. more
Root River Watershed Restoration Plan
In response to a request from Racine County, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc., and the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network, SEWRPC is preparing a restoration plan for the Root River watershed. This plan will build from the 2007 SEWRPC regional water quality management plan update for the greater Milwaukee watersheds providing specific, targeted recommendations to address, water quality, recreational use and access, habitat conditions, and flooding within the watershed. more