Fond du Lac and North Area Plan

Fond du Lac and North Area Plan

An update to the Fond du Lac and North Area Plan is currently underway and is anticipated to be adopted by the Common Council in the Fall of 2021.

Draft Plan Document Now Available for Public Review!

The final draft plan for the Fond du Lac and North Area Plan Update is now available for public review at the links below. Thank you for your interest and participation in this project! We look forward to your comments. 

Please direct any comments to and, or use the comment box below.

Comments on the draft plan are due by October 15, 2021.


Executive Summary

Full Plan

Your Comments

We want your feedback. Please take a moment to let us what you think about the draft area plan. Is there anything that you thought was most important? Is there anything we missed? Did we get something wrong? Your comments will help us to refine the draft and create the final plan document.





Comment Box:



The Department of City Development along with Alderman Russell Stamper, II and our community partners at the Dominican Center, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, and Walnut Way are in the process of developing a new comprehensive plan for the neighborhoods surrounding Fond Du Lac and North Avenues. The new plan will build on recent local planning efforts to guide development in the area for the next 10-15 years. Make sure to sign up for E-Notify and select the Fond Du Lac and North Plan category to receive information about the plan update and opportunities to participate in the process.


Community Workshops

Community Workshop #1

The first community workshop for the Ford Du Lac and North Area Comprehensive Plan update was held on September 17, 2019 at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society. Over 140 community members attended the meeting. After a brief presentation, participants broke up into small groups by neighborhood to have a facilitated discussion with their neighbors regarding the area's strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results (SWOT). These discussions allowed the community to begin building a vision for the area, and helped the  planning team define the goals and priorities that the plan must address.

Community Workshop #2

The second community workshop was held in an open house format over three separate sessions. The first two sessions were held on Wednesday February 19, 2020 at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society. One session was in the daytime and the other session was held in the evening in order to accommodate a variety of schedules. The third session was held the evening of Thursday February 27, 2020 at St Anne Center for Intergenerational Care-Bucyrus Campus. In total, over 100 people attended the open houses. At each session There were four stations related to transportation, parks and public space, housing and commercial corridors. Participants were encouraged to visit each station to review materials and provide their input regarding the proposed goals for each topic.

Community Workshop #3

The third community workshop was held virtually on February 18th, 2021. Over 90 community members participated in the meeting via Zoom. After an introduction by Alderman Russell Stamper II, a brief presentation was given to summarize the planning process to date and to highlight some of the major recommendations being developed for the plan. Following the presentation, participants split up into four "break out rooms" by neighborhood for an in depth conversation about the draft recommendations with their neighbors, City staff and our community partners.

Community Workshop #4

The fourth community workshop was held virtually on September 16th, 2021. A presentation was given on the major themes and recommednations of the plan, followed by a discussion about the draft plan document and plan implementation.  The presentation and a video of the meeting will be posted in the comming days. Thank you to everyone who participated in the meeting.

Fond du Lac and North Area Community Survey

Over the course of the Spring and Summer of 2020, DCD and its community partners conducted an online survey with about 30 questions. The survey was intended to provide a snapshot of  what residents wanted to see in their community, and the findings will help to inform the recommendations in the plan update.

Focus Groups

In the fall of 2020, four digital focus groups were conducted by DCD and its community partners. These focus groups consisted of a subject matter experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors as well as a select group of neighborhood residents. Focus groups were conducted around the topics of transportation, parks, housing, and commercial corridors. The purpose of the focus groups was to present some of the preliminary ideas for plan recommendations and to receive feedback on the feasibility of these ideas. The PowerPoint presentations from these focus groups can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Community Engagement Partners

In order to facilitate better community engagement throughout the planing process, the Department of City development has contracted with community based organizations working in various  neighborhoods within the plan area. These organizations will partner with the City to conduct surveys, facilitate public meetings and get the word out about opportunities to participate in the planning process.

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges

Dominican Center/Amani United

Walnut Way Conservation Corp.


Funding Partners

The City of Milwaukee is grateful for the support of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Zilber Family Foundation. Their contributions have allowed for a greater level of public engagement than would otherwise be possible.

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Zilber Family Foundation


Area Common Council Members

The majority of the Fond Du Lac and North Plan Area is within the 15th Aldermanic District. However, areas within the plan boundary that are north of West Locust Street are in the 6th or 7th Aldermanic Districts.  

District 6: Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs

District 7: Alderman Khalif Rainey

District 15: Alderman Russell Stamper, II



Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NIDs)

Business Improvement Districts (BID) and Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NID) work to strengthen commercial, residential and industrial areas of the city. BIDs and NIDs are funded and operated by businesses, property owners and other community members located within each district’s defined boundaries. BID 32 includes North Avenue from N. 8th St. to N. 27th St. and Fond du Lac Avenue from 17th to 27th. BID 28 covers North Avenue from N 27th St to N Sherman Bl.

BID 10: Near West Side


BID 28: North Avenue Gateway


BID 32: North Avenue Marketplace


BID 37: 30th Street Industrial Corridor


BID 39: Center Street Marketplace


NID 3: Washington Park


NID 4: Sherman Park


City of Milwaukee Department of Administration Director Sharon Robinson

 809 N. Broadway, 2nd floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202 




Plan Area Contact

Kyle Gast 414.286.5823


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