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. We have reached a pivotal moment in our Region’s development, and more than ever we will need to compete with other areas to attract residents and businesses. To increase our competitiveness, VISION 2050 builds on our strengths as a Region and seeks to improve areas where we do not compete well with our peers.
For up-to-date information on VISION 2050, including the full three-volume plan report, 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 plan updates and amendments.
Report Comparing the Milwaukee Metro Area to Its Peers
In March 2020, Commission staff 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.
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, originally adopted by the Commission on July 28, 2016, is the sixth-generation regional land use and transportation system plan for Southeastern Wisconsin, updating the previous year 2035 land use and transportation plans.
SEWRPC’s Advisory Committees on Land Use Planning and Transportation Planning helped guide the original visioning and planning process and guide all plan updates and amendments. 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; and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.