City Plans

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All of these plans have been adopted by the Common Council and contain the guiding principles to development in Wauwatosa.  

Active Tosa - Park and Recreation Plan

The Active Tosa Plan is a joint process between us and the Wauwatosa School District to plan for the community's future park and recreation needs. Additional Information.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Plan

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan guides the development of bicycle pedestrian facilities in the city. The plan assesses existing conditions for bicycling and walking, and makes recommendations to improve bicycling and walking conditions in our community.

Burleigh Triangle and Mayfair Road North Redevelopment Plan

The Burleigh Triangle and Mayfair Road North Plan is the first phase of what will eventually become a plan for the entire Mayfair Road corridor and also includes an update to the 2005 Burleigh Triangle Master Plan.

Burleigh Street Triangle Redevelopment Plan

The Burleigh Street Triangle Redevelopment Plan provides guidance for the development of approximately 112th Street to US 45, also commonly referred to as the Burleigh Triangle.

City Comprehensive Plan

A comprehensive plan was adopted in 2008. It details the vision of the city and outlines steps to achieve that vision. The comprehensive plan guides future decisions regarding:

  • Land use
  • Infrastructure
  • Zoning
  • Overall city character

Read the Comprehensive Plan

East Tosa: North Avenue Plan

The East Tosa North Avenue Plan is plan for North Avenue between 60th Street and 76th Street and identifies ways to:

  • Support existing businesses
  • Attract new businesses
  • Suggest potential streetscape enhancements
  • Parking improvements
  • Promotes the creation of a viable business district that enhances the quality of life for the surrounding neighborhoods

Life Sciences District Master Plan

The Wauwatosa Life Sciences District Plan provides a vision and implementation actions for a 1,200 acre area of the City around the intersection of Watertown Plank Road and Interstate 41.

MidTown North Avenue Plan

 The MidTown North Avenue Plan, adopted in May, 2018, outlines a vision for North Avenue from Wauwatosa Avenue to Menomonee River Parkway that accommodates change while respecting the intrinsic qualities that distinguish MidTown Tosa.  The Plan's objectives include:

  • Guiding decision makes and developers
  • Building on strengths and overcoming challenges
  • Improving safety in public spaces and for all modes of transportation
  • Adapting overtime
  • Marketing the district
  • Maintaining the neighborhood fabric

See the MidTown Zoning map.

Milwaukee County Grounds Master Plan and Design Guidelines

Adopted by the Common Council in 2004, it provides a scheme for approximately 800,000 square feet of new development while minimizing the environmental impact of the development on the surrounding areas. There is an emphasis on sustainable development practices and green building design as well as the preservation of the Eschweiler complex. In developing this plan, the goal was to provide direction on creating a high quality, environmentally friendly development without identifying specific uses. The guidelines provide control over the scale and design of buildings and spaces without mandating specific building footprints or locations. This allows us to retain control over the final design while allowing maximum flexibility for developers to develop proposals that are economically viable.

If you have difficulty viewing via the website, a copy is available for viewing at City Hall or the Wauwatosa Library. You may also purchase a copy on CD for $5 at City Hall.

Redevelopment District No. 1

The Redevelopment District No. 1 Plan sets a vision and implementation strategy for converting a deteriorating area of Walnut and Mayfair Roads into a vibrant, mixed use district.

Village Area Plan

The Village Area Plan creates solutions to:

  • Wayfinding, making it easier for people to find their destinations
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Traffic flow
  • Economic development
  • Aesthetics