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
SEWRPC Launches Newsletter
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has launched the electronic newsletter Regional Planning News. We created this 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please let us hear from you! more
Current Major Work Efforts
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
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
Explore the VISION 2050 Sketch Scenarios
The current stage of the VISION 2050 involves exploring a series of sketch-level land use and transportation scenarios. Public workshops are being held September 8 through 18 across the Region, where residents will be able to explore and provide feedback on the scenarios (register here). Residents can also explore the scenarios and provide feedback online (link). Residents are also encouraged to review SEWRPC’s recently-released Guiding the Vision, which is comprised of 15 Guiding Statements that describe a preliminary vision for future land and transportation system development in Southeastern Wisconsin. 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. 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.
Proposed Amendments to the 2013-2016 Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
SEWRPC is soliciting public comments on twenty-one proposed amendments to the “Transportation Improvement Program for Southeastern Wisconsin: 2013-2016.” A public review and comment period will be held through Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Five of the twenty-one amendments would revise projects currently in the TIP. The remaining sixteen amendments represent the addition of new projects to the TIP. 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 has prepared a restoration plan for the Root River watershed. This plan builds upon 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 information is available on the plan here.
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
Pewaukee River Watershed Protection Plan
In response to a request from the Southeast Fox River Partnership, SEWRPC is preparing a Protection plan for the Pewaukee River watershed. This plan will build from the 1995 SEWRPC regional water quality management plan update for the Fox River watershed and will provide specific, targeted recommendations to protect and enhance, water quality, recreational use and access, fish and wildlife habitat conditions within the watershed. more
Racine County Public Transit Plan Published
At the request of the City and County of Racine, SEWRPC staff has completed the Racine County Public Transit Plan: 2013-2017. The plan was guided by an Advisory Workgroup and includes recommendations for transit service and capital improvements for both the City and County transit systems over the period 2013 through 2017. The final plan report, along with a newsletter summarizing the final plan recommendations, can be found 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
New Population and Economic Forecasts
SEWRPC has completed the work of updating and extending its long-range forecasts of population, households, and employment in the Region. The new forecasts are 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