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VISION 2050 is Southeastern Wisconsin’s long-range land use and transportation plan.

VISION 2050: A Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan

VISION 2050 recommends a long-range vision for land use and transportation in the seven-county Southeastern Wisconsin Region. The plan makes recommendations to local and State government to shape and guide land use development and transportation improvement, including public transit, arterial streets and highways, freight, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities, to the year 2050.

For up-to-date information on VISION 2050, including the full three-volume report for the currently adopted plan and information on the 2024 Review & Update, visit the VISION 2050 website. The website also shares key recommendations from the plan, includes interactive mapping of several main plan elements, and provides information on previous plan updates and amendments.

VISION 2050 Website


Report Comparing the Milwaukee Metro Area to Its Peers

In March 2020, Commission staff prepared a second edition of our report comparing the four-county Milwaukee metro area to 28 peer metro areas in the Midwest and across the country. The comparison includes a number of key measures related to population growth and characteristics, the economy, and transportation. Among the conclusions, the report finds that the Milwaukee metro area is growing slower than most of its peers, its disparities between whites and minorities are far more pronounced than those in almost all peer metro areas, and its transit levels are in danger of shrinking to the much lower levels of those peers without dedicated transit funding.


Meeting State and Federal Requirements

As the official areawide regional planning agency and the official metropolitan transportation planning organization for Southeastern Wisconsin under State and Federal laws and regulations, the Regional Planning Commission has the responsibility of developing and maintaining land use and transportation plans for the Region. VISION 2050 is the sixth-generation regional land use and transportation system plan, updating the previous year 2035 land use and transportation plans.


Regional Performance Monitoring

The Regional Performance Monitoring site features data visualizations and interactive maps that allow visitors to explore socioeconomic trends, land use activity, and transportation system performance in the Region. The site features a Regional Performance Dashboard signaling general progress towards achieving VISION 2050 and Regional Housing Plan recommendations.