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 2017-2020. more
Restoration Plan for the Oak Creek Watershed
The Commission staff is preparing a restoration plan for the Oak Creek watershed. This plan will provide a guide for addressing the water quality impairments that have been identified in the watershed and will include specific, targeted recommendations to address a set of focus issues related to conditions in the watershed. more
Pewaukee Lake Watershed
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.
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.
Please let us hear from you!
SEWRPC's Milwaukee office is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI. Commission staff are available at this location by appointment. An online staff directory may be found at www.sewrpc.org/staff or call (262) 547-6721.
The Global Water Center houses water-based research facilities for universities and existing water-related companies, and also serves as an accelerator space for emerging water technology companies. The Center is also the headquarters for The Water Council a freshwater research, education, and business development organization.
Notices and News
Aerotropolis Milwaukee Development Plan Completed
Aerotropolis Milwaukee is a public-private partnership of business leaders and local representatives from nine communities in Milwaukee County focused on promoting economic growth around General Mitchell International Airport. The Commission staff worked with The Gateway to Milwaukee and Milwaukee Gateway Aerotropolis Corporation to prepare a development plan that establishes a shared vision and coordinated effort to capitalize on the Airport to stimulate economic investment, promote job growth, and enhance the quality of life in the nine Aerotropolis Milwaukee communities. The plan is designed to be used as a reference tool for local governments and agencies to aid in decision making relative to future land use changes and strategic investments. The plan is available here and more information on Aerotropolis Milwaukee is available here.
VISION 2050 Summary Now Available
A summary of VISION 2050, the Region’s adopted land use and transportation plan, can be found here. Staff is currently preparing a final plan report for VISION 2050, which will be available in early 2017. You can access the most recent draft chapters of that report here. Once the full three-volume report is published, it will be sent to each affected unit and agency of government requesting their consideration and endorsement.
VISION 2050 recommends a long-range vision for land use and transportation in the seven-county Southeastern Wisconsin Region. It makes recommendations to local and State government to shape and guide land use development and transportation improvement, including public transit, arterial streets and highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities, to the year 2050.
We have reached a pivotal moment in our Region’s development, and more than ever we will need to compete with other areas to attract residents and businesses. To increase our competitiveness, VISION 2050 builds on our strengths as a Region and seeks to improve areas where we do not compete well with our peers.
STH 60 Northern Reliever Route Feasibility Study
At the request of Washington County, SEWRPC conducted a feasibility study of a northern reliever route to STH 60 between the western limits of the City of Hartford and IH 41. The purpose of the study was to address concerns of increasing traffic volume, congestion, and safety problems on STH 60 between the western limits of the City of Hartford and IH 41, and in particular, the effect of increasing truck traffic. The study identified and evaluated potential STH 60 northern reliever routes and improvements to STH 60. A public information meeting was held on June 29, 2016, at the Town of Hartford Hall to gather information from the public regarding issues on STH 60 and to receive comment on potential alternative reliever routes and STH 60 improvements. more
SEWRPC Assisting Milwaukee County in Exploring Bus Rapid Transit
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced in June that Milwaukee County would explore the development of bus rapid transit (BRT) in the heavily traveled corridor between downtown Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa. The Commission staff is assisting Milwaukee County in this effort, at the request of the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation. The Commission’s regional plan has long recommended pursuing the development of a system of express bus and BRT lines. A newsletter devoted to the BRT topic can be accessed here.
A Comparison of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area to Its Peers
Commission staff recently prepared a report comparing the Milwaukee metro area to 26 other metro areas—13 from the midwest and 13 from the rest of the nation. The comparison includes nearly 90 measures related to the population, the economy, and the transportation system of the four-county Milwaukee metro area. The findings highlight a number of critical issues facing the Milwaukee area: slower population growth and greater job loss than nearly all other metro areas; strong evidence of disparities between white and minority populations (in regards to education, income, and poverty levels) that are more pronounced than nearly all other metro areas; and a well-performing highway system compared to other metro areas, but a transit system that has experienced more severe declines in ridership and service levels than nearly all other metro areas. These findings are presented in SEWRPC Memorandum Report No. 221 and provide valuable information for developing VISION 2050.
2016 Federal Planning Certification Review of the Regional Transportation Planning Process Conducted in Southeastern Wisconsin
In August 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) conducted a planning certification review of the metropolitan transportation planning process conducted in Southeastern Wisconsin. This review is conducted every four years. As part of the review, a public open house was held on August 3, 2016 and a formal public comment period held through October 3. An upcoming report, under preparation by USDOT, will document the conclusions of the USDOT review of the Commission metropolitan planning process.
The report documenting the conclusions of the 2012 USDOT metropolitan planning process review can be found here.