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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 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 to order a copy. A newsletter and brochure have been prepared to provide an introduction to the book. more


Get Involved


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


TIP 2013-2016

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


VISION 2050 Underway

SEWRPC is well underway with a major planning effort —“VISION 2050”— that aims to update, reevaluate, and extend the regional land use and transportation plans to the year 2050. The planning is utilizing “visioning,” which involve Region residents defining how they want their communities and the Region to develop, and how they want to be connected to the different places in their communities and the Region where they live, work, and play. The intended result of the VISION 2050 effort will be a long-range vision for land use and transportation in the Region, and a year 2050 regional land use and transportation plan for Southeastern Wisconsin. You can learn more about visioning for the year 2050 on the VISION 2050 website. You can access draft chapters of the plan as they are prepared during the planning process here.


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.  The focus of the housing plan is providing an adequate supply of housing affordable to the current and anticipated future population of the Region through the plan design year 2035, with a focus on providing housing affordable to the existing and projected future workforce of the Region.  The plan also addresses the housing needs of persons with disabilities, subsidized housing for very low-income residents, fair housing, and best housing practices.  The adopted report is now available here.  More information about the plan can be found here.


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.


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


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 (STH 794) from its current endpoint at Edgerton Avenue to STH 100 in Milwaukee County. More information on the study, including the final study report, can be accessed here.


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 


Other Studies Underway


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





Meetings & Agendas



Recent Publications 

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 135
A Park and Open Space Plan for Walworth County (3rd edition)
(3/2014, 128pp)

Memorandum Report No. 214
An Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Saratoga Lake, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
(2/2014, 82pp)

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 46
A Farmland Preservation Plan for Racine County, Wisconsin (2nd edition)
(12/2013, 144pp)

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 87
A Farmland Preservation Plan for Ozaukee County, Wisconsin (2nd edition)
(12/2013, 376pp)

Overall Work Program-2014
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (12/2013, 179pp)

2012 Annual Report
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (10/2013, 180pp)


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Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission


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P.O. Box 1607
Waukesha, WI 53187-1607


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Phone: (262) 547-6721
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