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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.

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.

Thank you to all who have provided feedback so far. We are currently drafting the plan amendment and will have it available for public review late spring/early summer. For now, please explore the website and learn more about the project.

Staff is working on a schedule for ways to engage in May - stay tuned!


Explore our FAQs for more answers to your questions.


Explore the Resources page for:

  • Materials from past events
  • Links to other Citywide housing plans (e.g. Climate & Equity Plan, Collective Affordable Housing Plan)
  • Growing MKE and zoning informational videos

Draft Recommendations - December 6 Virtual Meeting - English

Draft Recommendations - December 6 Virtual Meeting - Hmoob

Draft Recommendations - December 6 Virtual Meeting - Español

What is Zoning?

The story of Milwaukee's zoning helps explain our housing choices today and impacts how we will grow in the future. Video is available in English, Spanish and Hmong.