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
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has created an electronic newsletter to keep you updated on the latest developments at the Commission and significant regional news related to the issues that SEWRPC addresses.
Major Work Efforts
SEWRPC has begun work on a Regional Food System Plan that will look at food related issues in Southeastern Wisconsin. More information on the plan can be found here.
A Chloride Impact Study for the Southeastern Wisconsin Region
The Commission staff has begun this comprehensive study of the environmental impacts of chloride on the water resources of the Region. This study will provide an inventory of the historical and present sources of chloride loads to surface and groundwater resources, an assessment of the impacts of these loads on the environment, a state-of-the-art component addressing current research and emerging technologies and policies related to mitigating the environmental effects of chloride from multiple sources, an identification of alternate means of achieving desired levels of the management of sources of chloride, and general recommendations for reducing the undesireable environmental impacts of the use of chloride. more
VISION 2050 recommends a long-range vision for land use and transportation in the seven-county Southeastern Wisconsin Region. It 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. VISION 2050 builds on our strengths as a Region, and seeks to improve areas where we do not compete well with our peers, so the Region can attract new residents and businesses. more
Restoration Plan for the Oak Creek Watershed
The Commission staff is preparing a restoration plan for the Oak Creek watershed. This plan will provide a guide for addressing the water quality impairments that have been identified in the watershed and will include specific, targeted recommendations to address a set of focus issues related to conditions in the watershed. 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!
Notices and News
Regional Performance Monitoring Website Now Live!
SEWRPC has just launched its new home for tracking performance and monitoring data: the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Performance Monitoring Website at sewrpc.org/performance.
The new Regional Performance Monitoring website features data visualizations and interactive maps that allow visitors to explore socioeconomic trends, land use activity, and transportation system performance in the Region. Equity-related measures are also included for several of these topics and performance measures related to water resources in the Region will be added in the future.
The site also features a Regional Performance Dashboard signaling general progress towards achieving VISION 2050 and Regional Housing Plan recommendations. Visit the website at sewrpc.org/performance today!
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Adopted
During 2020 and 2021, M7 and SEWRPC prepared the 2021-2025 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Southeastern Wisconsin, with input from numerous stakeholders. The Commission has now adopted the new CEDS and is submitting it to the U.S Economic Development Administration for approval. More information, including the full report and a summary presentation, can be found here.
Milwaukee County Coastline Management Guidelines
In 2019, Milwaukee County requested that SEWRPC prepare a set of coastline management guidelines to be used by County staff to evaluate projects affecting County-owned assets in the Lake Michigan coastal zone. To prepare the guidelines, SEWRPC inventoried existing conditions along Milwaukee County’s Lake Michigan coastline, reviewed municipal, State, and Federal coastline management policies and best management practices, and examined trends in the stability of the County’s coastline bluffs. The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors authorized adoption of the coastline management guidelines for implementation by the Parks Department for all pertinent land use actions, both County-initiated as well as third party projects, on February 4, 2021. A full copy of the guidelines is available here.
County-wide Coordination Plans Completed
The 2021 Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Coordination Plans (“Transportation Coordination Plans”) for each of the seven counties in the Region have been published. These plans assess the existing transportation needs and services in each county for seniors and people with disabilities, identify unmet needs or service gaps, and present a prioritized list of strategies to address those needs. More information, including each County’s plan, can be found here.
Second Edition of VISION 2050 Published
The Commission adopted the 2020 Review and Update to VISION 2050 in June and has now incorporated all the updates into a Second Edition of VISION 2050, including changes to plan recommendations and updated transportation funding and equity analyses. The report documenting the 2020 Update has also been published along with a document summarizing the 2020 Update. While the 2020 Update does not represent a major overhaul of the plan, it ensures the plan stays current and addresses federal requirements. The Second Edition of VISION 2050 and 2020 Update report and summary are available here.
Biking During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the way Southeastern Wisconsin residents have weighed their transportation choices. SEWRPC staff have highlighted key ways biking cannot only be an attractive transportation option, but also uniquely help riders maintain a safe social distance from others. More information can be found here.
Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program
Assistance is available for eligible renters who have had a significant loss of income due to the COVID-19 Pandemic through the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (W.R.A.P). Learn more on the Wisconsin Department of Administration website here.
Report Comparing the Milwaukee Metro Area to Its Peers
Commission staff recently prepared a second edition of a 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. The updated report is available here.
May 2020 Rainfall Event Analysis
SEWRPC staff have developed recurrence intervals for the heavy rainfall event of May 17, 2020 for rainfall gages located in southeastern Wisconsin. The event predominantly impacted the eastern half of the Region. More information can be found here.
Lead in Drinking Water
SEWRPC staff recently completed a white paper on issues related to lead in drinking water. The paper provides information on how lead is released from plumbing materials, the health effects of lead, and ways of addressing lead in drinking water. Read the paper here.
Comprehensive Plan Updates
State comprehensive planning law requires plans to be updated at least once every ten years. SEWRPC has offered to assist any County or local government that previously participated in a multi-jurisdictional planning effort with their plan update. More information on comprehensive plan updates can be found here.