POSTED ON JANUARY 8th, 2010
Open house will introduce City policy plan
The City of Milwaukee has scheduled a public open house to introduce the final element of its new Smart Growth comprehensive plan, the Citywide policy plan. The event will be held from 3 to 7 pm Thursday, January 14, on the third floor of Milwaukee’s City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street. The public is invited to attend.
Staff will be present throughout the open house to discuss the contents of the policy plan. Presentations will be made at 3:30 pm and 6 pm in room 301-A.
The City of Milwaukee has been drafting Milwaukee’s Smart Growth comprehensive plan since 2003. The final document will consist of a series of 13 area land use plans previously adopted by the Milwaukee Common Council, and the Citywide policy plan, which is the subject of Thursday’s open house.
The policy plan includes broad policy recommendations regarding land use, housing and neighborhoods, economic development, cultural resources, natural resources, transportation, community facilities, utilities, and intergovernmental cooperation.
“Milwaukee’s comprehensive plan is guided by the City of Milwaukee’s commitment to promote an economic climate that supports job creation and encourages development while maintaining a unique sense of community and place,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “The plan will provide guidance for the next 20 years on land use decisions that sustain these goals.”
Milwaukee’s plan has been prepared in accordance with the State of Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Planning & Smart Growth law, adopted in 1999. The law promotes the achievement of 14 goals, such as promoting the redevelopment of land with existing infrastructure and public services, the encouragement of neighborhood designs that support a range of transportation choices, the provision of an adequate supply of affordable housing, and the expansion or stabilization of the community’s economic base. The law identified a list of nine required elements for each comprehensive plan, and requires that communities make land use decisions consistent with the adopted plan. (A brief explanation of the State requirements is available at www.lic.wisc.edu/shapingdane/resources/planning/library/process/smart-growth.htm.
The policy plan and the area plans were developed with the involvement of hundreds of citizens, property owners, organization and business representatives. The Department of City Development convened the planning groups.
The Common Council is expected to consider adoption of the policy plan in February, with submittal of the complete Smart Growth comprehensive plan to the State of Wisconsin in March.
More information about Milwaukee’s comprehensive plan, including the policy plan and the 13 adopted area plans, is available at www.city.milwaukee.gov/Comprehensiveplanninv.