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How will Milwaukee choose to grow?

Help set the framework for housing growth in the city!


What is Growing MKE? 

The Department of City Development (DCD) is leading an effort called Growing MKE. Growing MKE is a citywide planning effort that will set a framework for housing growth and choice in Milwaukee. The project will result in a proposed amendment to the Citywide Policy Plan and updates to the City’s Zoning Code. DCD will be seeking public input this summer and early fall.

We aren’t starting from scratch… Growing MKE will advance the goals and recommendations from several recent City of Milwaukee planning efforts. These plans were shaped through stakeholder and resident input and include recommendations to increase housing supply within the city of Milwaukee. Goals also include supporting new housing that creates walkable urban neighborhoods, increasing transit options and access to jobs, and providing more quality, affordable housing choices for all Milwaukeeans. This project will also advance Mayor Cavalier Johnson’s vision for economic prosperity, which includes updating the City’s Zoning Code to support new development and growth.

How can you participate?

Learn more at the public involvement website by viewing recordings of previous virtual presentations or taking a look at previous Open House materials. The Draft Plan is expected to be available for public review late spring, and there will be a variety of ways to engage - stay tuned!



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Community engagement for this project is supported by a Community Challenge grant from AARP. Thank you AARP for your support and partnership in this project!

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Thank you to the Community Development Alliance for your contribution and partnership in creating an equitable engagement process!

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The Growing MKE project includes work by two consultant teams. The Zoning Consultant, Placemakers LLC, is analyzing the City's zoning code. The Engagement Consultant, Walnut Way, is helping with the engagement process.

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Growing MKE Contacts

Amy Oeth, Project Manager
(414) 286-5724
[email protected]

Tanya Fonseca, Long Range Planning Manager
(414) 286-5716
[email protected]

Project Timeline

  • Check-in & Set Goals (Complete)

    • Discuss the state of housing in Milwaukee & how zoning is a piece of the puzzle

    • Check-in: Goals for housing have been set by numerous plans and initiatives. Is anything missing? How will we choose to grow?

  • Draft Recommendations (Complete)

    • Discuss draft recommendations for the plan amendment

    • Recommendations will be based on feedback in part 1 and previous planning efforts
  • Draft Plan Review
    (Late Spring / Early Summer 2024)

    • Development and public review of the full draft plan amendment.

  • Plan Adoption

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