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Milwaukee RiverMilwaukee River Overlay Zone

After years of community outreach and negotiations with property owners and the Department of City Development, the Common Council passed legislation to convert the temporary study overlay into permanent zoning and design guidelines on May 25, 2010. This zoning would help to preserve the aesthetic and function of our river and can provide for continued use of and greening of the area.

The Milwaukee River Greenway Master Plan was created shortly after the river zoning change and provides a long-term vision for how the river greenway will attract even more recreational visitors, while still protecting and restoring the unique and native ecological habitats along it, and ensuring that mountain bikers, dog walkers, and bird watchers can crisscross the valley without bumping into each other.

The accomplishments have also helped attract a major private investment. The Rotary Club of Milwaukee is creating an arboretum in honor of its centennial, which will stretch from North Avenue to Riverside Park.

 

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