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
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Southeastern Wisconsin is a listing of Federally funded transportation projects proposed for Southeastern Wisconsin 2019-2022. 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
Pewaukee Lake Watershed
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
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
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 - Application Period Now Open
The application period for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funding is now open. In the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, the current application cycle will include two years of funding – 2021 and 2022. Please click here for the application materials and for more information on the Section 5310 program.
2020 Federal Certification Review of Regional Transportation Planning in Southeastern Wisconsin
This year the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway and Transit Administrations are again conducting a quadrennial planning certification review of the metropolitan transportation planning process conducted in Southeastern Wisconsin. All individuals and organizations are invited to comment on the regional transportation planning carried out by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, local transit agencies, and local units of government in the greater Milwaukee area. Comments are sought pertaining to the transportation planning processes, public involvement procedures, evaluation of transportation air quality impacts, the regional transportation plan, and transportation improvement program. More information on providing public comment 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.
Commission Adopts 2020 Update of VISION 2050
On June 17th, the Commission adopted the 2020 Review and Update to VISION 2050. This adoption followed approval of the 2020 Update on April 29th by the Advisory Committees guiding the effort. The report documenting the 2020 Update, along with a Second Edition of VISION 2050, is in the process of being published. More information on the 2020 Update, including public outreach materials and draft report chapters, is available here.
New 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.
Housing Affordability Reports
2017 Wisconsin Act 243 requires cities and villages with populations of 10,000 people or more to prepare a housing affordability report by January 1, 2020. The report needs to include data regarding development activity in the municipality and an analysis of how the municipality’s land use regulations impact the cost of housing. SEWRPC can help! Read more here to find out how.
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.
Workforce Mobility Team
The Workforce Mobility Team (the Team) is available to assist you and your business with connecting workers to jobs in Southeastern Wisconsin. The Team has been developed cooperatively by the Regional Transit Leadership Council and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission in response to concerns from employers in the Region who experience challenges retaining and attracting workers as a result of those workers having limited or no commuting transportation options. More information on the Workforce Mobility Team can be found 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.
Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program
SEWRPC, in coordination with Milwaukee County, manages the Section 5310 application process for the Milwaukee Urbanized Area. The next two-year Section 5310 application cycle is anticipated to be announced in summer 2020. Please check here and the WisDOT Section 5310 website for more information on the Section 5310 program and the application process.
Aerotropolis Milwaukee Development Plan: A Shared Vision for the Communities Around the Airport
Aerotropolis Milwaukee is a public-private partnership of business leaders and local representatives from nine communities in Milwaukee County focused on promoting economic growth around General Mitchell International Airport. The Commission staff worked with The Gateway to Milwaukee and Milwaukee Gateway Aerotropolis Corporation to prepare a development plan that establishes a shared vision and coordinated effort to capitalize on the Airport to stimulate economic investment, promote job growth, and enhance the quality of life in the nine Aerotropolis Milwaukee communities. The plan is designed to be used as a reference tool for local governments and agencies to aid in decision making relative to future land use changes and strategic investments. The plan is available here and more information on Aerotropolis Milwaukee is available here.