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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


2013 Annual Report is now available

This report describes the organization, objectives, and functions of the Commission; describes the Commission work program in calendar year 2013; and presents in summary form the major findings and recommendations of that program.  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.



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 2015-2018

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Southeastern Wisconsin is a listing of Federally funded transportation projects proposed for Southeastern Wisconsin 2015-2018.  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


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 were held September 8 through 18 across the Region, where residents were able to explore and provide feedback on the scenarios. Residents unable to attend a workshop can still explore the scenarios (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.


Regional Housing Plan Implementation Report: 2013

The regional housing plan adopted by the Commission in March 2013 recommends that implementation of the plan be monitored and the results reported based on a schedule included in the plan.  The Regional Housing Plan Implementation Report for the calendar year 2013 is available here.


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 has prepared a Protection plan for the Pewaukee River watershed. This plan was built from the 1995 SEWRPC regional water quality management plan update for the Fox River watershed and provides 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






Meetings & Agendas



Recent Publications 

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 319
A Lake Protection Plan for School Section Lake, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
(12/2014, 255pp)

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 318
A Lake Protection Plan for Bark Lake, Washington County, Wisconsin
(12/2014, 207pp)

Transportation Improvement Program
A Regional Transportation Improvement Program for Southeastern Wisconsin: 2015-2018
(11/2014, 251pp)

Planning Program Report
Regional Natural Areas Plan, Environmental Corridors, and Biodiversity Case Study
(8/2014, 8pp)

Memorandum Report No. 136
Racine County Industrial Park Land Absorption Study (3rd Edition)
(8/2014, 54pp)

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 315
A Water Resources Management Plan for the Village of Chenequa, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
(6/2014, 200pp)


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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
Fax: (262) 547-1103