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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Status Update on Life Sciences Master Plan

Revision Date: September 13, 2017 

On May 9 the Wauwatosa Community Affairs Committee placed further consideration of the Life Sciences District Master Plan on hold until several items are completed. Below is a status update as of September 13, 2017 on the requested additional items. The motion made by Community Affairs brings the Life Sciences District Master Plan and the related items outlined below back for consideration when all 5 items are received by the City of Wauwatosa. As items outlined below are received, this page will be updated to reflect that information.

  1. The report from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) is received. This work is underway, but no report has been received from SEWRPC. Condition not yet met.
  2. A zoning proposal from Milwaukee County for land they own within the Life Sciences District Master Plan area. The City of Wauwatosa is in receipt of a resolution passed by the Milwaukee County Board. This resolution alone does not meet the intent of the motion, which asked for a zoning proposal from Milwaukee County. Requests for rezoning must follow the City of Wauwatosa’s zoning process, including submitting a zoning application. This is a standard practice, which Milwaukee County has completed several times with the City of Wauwatosa over the past few years. A partial application has been received. When the entire application is received, updates will be made here. Condition not yet met.
  3. A report from Milwaukee County on the impediments to development at the UWM Innovation Campus and Research Park. Milwaukee County submitted two reports - one on the UWM Innovation Campus and one on the Research Park - to the City of Wauwatosa on June 28, 2017. Condition met. 
  4. Milwaukee County takes action to preserve the natural areas commonly known as the County Grounds Park and Sanctuary Woods in perpetuity. The City of Wauwatosa is in receipt of a resolution passed by the Milwaukee County Board and an incomplete zoning application as described in item 2 above. The Community Affairs Committee discussed at their meeting on May 9, 2017 that zoning does not protect a parcel in perpetuity. The Committee members discussed seeking an easement or similar other protection mechanism, which would come from the property owner, Milwaukee County. This item has not yet been received. Condition not yet met.
  5. That Milwaukee County facilitate work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to preserve their forest land west and north of Swan Boulevard in perpetuity. City of Wauwatosa officials met with the WDNR the week of July 24 to review the status of deed restrictions already in place at the WDNR/FEC (Forest Exploration Center) woods. A report has not been received. Condition not yet met.
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