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
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
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 amendment of the functional improvements—new arterial facilities and widening of existing facilities—recommended under VISION 2050. More on the jurisdictional highway plans can be found here.
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
SEWRPC 2019 Annual Report Now Available
The Commission’s 2019 Annual Report is now available and was recently distributed across the Region. We hope that county and local public officials, as well as other interested residents, find this report useful and informative. We encourage anyone interested in learning about our work to review the 2019 Annual Report online and contact us if you would like us to send you a hardcopy. The 2019 Annual Report is available here.
Proposed Amendments to the 2021-2024:
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
SEWRPC is soliciting comments on 9 proposed amendments to the “Transportation Improvement Program for Southeastern Wisconsin: 2021-2024”. A public review and comment period will be held through Wednesday, January 20, 2021. more
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.
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
Led by M7, SEWRPC is supporting a regional partnership to prepare a 2021-2025 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Region. In fall 2020, the CEDS partnership obtained initial input through a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) exercise. The input received will help inform the strategic direction of the new CEDS. More information, including draft materials and the presentation given at a virtual meeting held on October 26, can be found 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.
Learn More About EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance
Attention Planners, Engineers, Directors of Public Works, and Community and Economic Development Staff of Southeastern Wisconsin, applications are now being accepted for U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES Act recovery assistance. More information can be found here.
FTA Section 5310
The application period for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funding ended on August 28, 2020. In the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, the current application cycle included two years of funding – 2021 and 2022. Applicants were notified whether they have been successfully awarded Section 5310 funding. It is anticipated that the next application cycle for FTA Section 5310 funds will open in Summer of 2022. Please click here for more information on the Section 5310 program.
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.
Ozaukee County Transit Development Plan: 2019-2023 Endorsed by Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors
On January 2, 2019, the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed the Ozaukee County Transit Development Plan: 2019-2023. The Plan includes elements that should be implemented between 2019 and 2023 depending on the amount of funding available for transit services. More information on the Plan is available here.
SEWRPC worked with the Waukesha County Center for Growth and We Energies to prepare economic profiles for 12 participating communities in Waukesha County. The profiles highlight community assets that help to attract, retain, and grow businesses within each community and throughout the County. More information on the profiles can be found 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.