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
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 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.
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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New Milwaukee Location
SEWRPC's Milwaukee office is now 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
2016 Federal Planning Certification Review of the Regional Transportation Planning Process Conducted in Southeastern Wisconsin – Comment Period Extended to September 26
All interested parties are invited to comment on the regional transportation system planning carried out by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, local transit agencies, and local units of government in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
Under Federal law, the Commission serves as the metropolitan planning organization for the Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and West Bend urbanized areas, and the Wisconsin portion of the Round Lake Beach urbanized area. In coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, local transit operators, and local units of government in the Southeastern Wisconsin area, the Commission is responsible for conducting a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning program in accordance with provisions of Federal Law. The U.S. Department of Transportation is 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.
Public comments are invited and encouraged. Written comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail to the Federal Highway Administration no later than September 26, 2016. Contact information can be found here.
Public comments were also received at a public open house held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in Milwaukee.
Commission Adopts VISION 2050
The Regional Planning Commission acted unanimously to adopt VISION 2050 at their July 28 meeting. This adoption followed the June 29 approval of VISION 2050 by the Commission’s Advisory Committees on Regional Land Use Planning and Regional Transportation System Planning. The next step will involve sending VISION 2050 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.
As part of VISION 2050, staff compared the estimated costs and reasonably expected revenues for the recommended transportation system. In doing so, staff identified a funding gap for the public transit element, resulting in the need to identify a “fiscally constrained” version of the recommended transportation system. This Fiscally Constrained Transportation Plan (FCTP) includes a reduction in transit service in the Region (other than committed projects) rather than the significant improvement recommended under VISION 2050. It then identifies possible ways to address the transit funding gap so that VISION 2050 can be fully implemented.
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. Draft chapters for the plan report documenting VISION 2050 can be accessed here. The final report documenting VISION 2050 is currently being prepared and will be available in its entirety this fall.
STH 60 Northern Reliever Route Feasibility Study
At the request of Washington County, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is conducting 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 is 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 will identify and evaluate 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.
SEWRPC Assisting in Preparation of Development Plan for Aerotropolis Milwaukee
Aerotropolis Milwaukee is a public-private partnership of business leaders and local representatives from 9 communities within Milwaukee County focused on promoting economic growth around General Mitchell International Airport. The Commission staff is assisting Aerotropolis Milwaukee in preparing a plan that can be used to promote organized economic development that leverages existing assets within the Airport area. The plan will present recommendations for airport-supporting activities and clusters for incorporation into the communities’ comprehensive plans. More information on Aerotropolis Milwaukee is available 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.