Land Use and Transportation


2050 Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan

SEWRPC is designated as the official areawide regional planning agency and the official metropolitan transportation planning organization for Southeastern Wisconsin under State and Federal laws and regulations.  SEWRPC has the responsibility of developing and maintaining land use and transportation plans for the Region under these designations.  The 2050 regional land use and transportation plan, which was adopted by SEWRPC on July 28, 2016, updates the previous year 2035 land use and transportation plans.


A visioning approach was used to develop the plan. This approach was intended to engage the public and elected officials in the planning process and expand public knowledge on the implications of existing and future land use and transportation development in Southeastern Wisconsin.  You can learn more about the visioning conducted for the plan on the VISION 2050 website

Advisory Committees

SEWRPC’s Advisory Committees on Land Use Planning and Transportation Planning helped guide the visioning and planning process.  The Advisory Committees include members from all seven Counties in the Region and several municipalities, including the public transit providers.  The Committees also include members from the following State and Federal agencies:

  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit and Federal Highway Administrations
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Year 2050 Population and Economic Forecasts

SEWRPC prepared population and economic forecasts upon the release of 2010 Federal census data.  The new forecasts update, reevaluate, and extend SEWRPC’s year 2035 forecasts to the year 2050.  The purpose of these forecasts was to identify growth and change in the Region’s population and jobs to help us prepare the year 2050 land use and transportation plan. You can learn more about the forecasts through the population and economic forecast reports, or the Population and Economic Forecasts webpage.

Draft Plan Chapters

You can access draft chapters and portions of chapters as they were prepared during the planning process by clicking on the highlighted links below.  A draft report outline may be found here.

Volume I: Groundwork for Vision and Plan Development

Chapter I—Introduction
Chapter II—Existing Conditions and Trends: Population, Employment, and Land Use
Chapter III—Review of Currently Adopted Regional Land Use and Transportation System Plans
Chapter IV—Inventory of Transportation Facilities and Services
Chapter V—Travel Habits and Patterns
Chapter VI—Future Population, Households, and Employment in the Region

Volume II: Developing the Vision and Plan

Chapter I—Visioning for the Region’s Future
Chapter II—Sketch Land Use and Transportation System Scenarios
Chapter III—Alternative Land Use and Transportation System Plans
Chapter IV—Preliminary Recommended Year 2050 Regional Land Use and Transportation System Plan

Volume III: Recommended Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan

Chapter I—Recommended Year 2050 Regional Land Use and Transportation System Plan
Chapter II—Recommended Fiscally Constrained Transportation Plan
Chapter III—Plan Implementation


Appendix A—Results of Initial Visioning Activities
Appendix B—Accuracy Checks of the Year 2011 Travel Surveys
Appendix C—Public Feedback on Sketch Scenarios
Appendix D—A Comparison of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area to Its Peers
Appendix E—Adopted County and Local Comprehensive Plans in Southeastern Wisconsin
Appendix F—Complete Alternative Plan Evaluation Results
Appendix G—Public Feedback on Detailed Alternatives
Appendix H—Complete Results of the Preliminary Recommended Plan Evaluation
Appendix I—Evaluation of Potential Benefits and Impacts of Reconstructing with Widening or Not Widening IH 43 between Howard Avenue and Silver Spring Drive
Appendix J—Public Feedback on Preliminary Recommended Plan
Appendix K—Design Guidelines for Plan Implementation (not yet available)
Appendix L—Equity Analysis of the VISION 2050 Land Use Component
Appendix M—VISION 2050 Plan Recommendations for the Jefferson County Portion of the Milwaukee Urbanized Area
Appendix N—Equitable Access Analysis of the Federally Recognized Transportation Plan
Appendix O—Population in the Region by Sewer Service Area: Existing 2010, 2050 Recommended Plan, and 2050 High-Growth Scenario



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Related Reports to be Referenced in SEWRPC Planning Report 55:

The Economy of Southeastern Wisconsin (Technical Report 10, 5th Edition)
The Population of Southeastern Wisconsin (Technical Report 11, 5th Edition)
Guiding the Vision (June 2014)
A Comparison of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area to Its Peers (Memorandum Report 221)
Travel Simulation Models of Southeastern Wisconsin (preliminary draft of Technical Report 50)

Assessment of Conformity (Memorandum Report 223) 
Comments Received on the Preliminary Recommended Plan

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