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 over 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
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has created an electronic newsletter to keep you updated on the latest developments at the Commission and significant regional news related to the issues that SEWRPC addresses. We encourage you to sign up for the newsletter here.
Major Work Efforts
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Southeastern Wisconsin is a listing of Federally funded transportation projects proposed for Southeastern Wisconsin 2015-2018. more
Pewaukee Lake Watershed Protection Plan
In response to a request from the Pewaukee Lake Sanitary District, SEWRPC is preparing a protection plan for the Pewaukee Lake watershed in Waukesha County. This plan will build from the 2003 Second Edition Lake Management Plan for Pewaukee Lake and will provide specific, targeted recommendations to protect and enhance water quality, recreational use and access, and fish and wildlife habitat conditions within the Lake and its larger watershed. more
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.
Notices & News
Washington County Transit System Development Plan Report Available
The Washington County Transit System Development Plan has been completed. The plan, covering the period 2015 – 2019, contains recommendations for improvements in transit service in Washington County that were developed through public input and with the guidance of an Advisory Committee. Find out more about the recommendations for transit improvements and read the full report here.
2012 Federal Planning Certification Review of the Regional Transportation Planning Process Conducted in Southeastern Wisconsin
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) conducted a Federally required quadrennial review of the metropolitan transportation planning process carried out by SEWRPC. The final report has been issued by the U.S. DOT and is available on this website. more
Proposed Amendments to the Year 2035 Regional Transportation Plan and 2015-2018 Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
SEWRPC is soliciting public comments on one proposed amendment to the year 2035 regional transportation plan and 2015-2018 transportation improvement program. A public review and comment period will be held through April 21,2015. The proposed amendment is being requested by the City of Milwaukee to include an extension of the proposed Milwaukee streetcar system to the lakefront in downtown Milwaukee. more
VISION 2050 Alternative Plans Being Developed
VISION 2050 is a major planning effort that aims to update, reevaluate, and extend the regional land use and transportation plans to the year 2050. The VISION 2050 process will ultimately result in a year 2050 regional land use and transportation plan for Southeastern Wisconsin, representing a long-range vision for land use and transportation in the Region. The current stage of VISION 2050 involves comparing and evaluating a series of detailed alternative regional land use and transportation system plans, being developed based on consideration of feedback on the sketch scenarios explored in fall/winter 2014. An outline of the alternative plans currently being developed is available here, with the alternative plans and their evaluation to be reviewed during the next round of public workshops later this year. You can explore the sketch scenarios from the previous stage and review SEWRPC’s previously-released Guiding the Vision. You can learn more about visioning for the year 2050 on the VISION 2050 website and access draft chapters of the plan as they are prepared here.
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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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
A draft Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Southeastern Wisconsin has been completed and is available for public review and comment. The report contains a five-year strategy to strengthen and grow the regional economy. The CEDS was prepared by SEWRPC and the Milwaukee 7 in cooperation with the Regional Economic Partnership (REP). The REP includes a representative from each of the seven county economic development organizations, the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee 7, We Energies, and SEWRPC. Written comments on the draft CEDS may be submitted until May 1, 2015. The CEDS Report and Executive Summary can be viewed here.