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.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events or pop-ups scheduled. Stay tuned! We will be back later this fall with a summary of the survey and input you provided along with draft recommendations.

Community Events and "Pop-ups"

We will be popping up at more community events later this fall!

Open House Public Meetings

We expect to hold more open houses later this fall, but you can check out the information from the summer open houses under the past meetings tab.



Past Events

Growing MKE Kickoff Meeting

On June 27th, the City kicked off the planning process with a virtual presentation about the project and how to engage.

Did you miss the meeting? Click to see the presentation below, or open it in YouTube.

Past Open House Public Meetings

Monday, July 10 - Villard Square Library

  • Time: 5:30pm - 7pm
  • 5190 N 35th St, Milwaukee, WI 53209
  • Meeting Content: Introduction to Growing MKE and Zoning, a look at housing development in the last 20 years, and discussion boards on housing types and housing policies.

Monday, August 14 - Mitchell Street Library

  • Time: 5:30pm - 7pm
  • 906 W Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
  • Meeting Content: Introduction to Growing MKE and Zoning, a look at housing development in the last 20 years, and discussion boards on housing types and housing policies. (English and Spanish)

Did you miss an Open House? Click on a link below to view Open House boards in English, Spanish or Hmong.

Growing MKE Open House Boards - English

Growing MKE Open House Boards - Spanish

Growing MKE Open House Boards - Hmong

Past Office Hours (but the info boards are still at each library!)

  • Monday, July 10 (3-5 pm): Villard Square Library
    • 5190 N 35th St, Milwaukee, WI 53209
  • Thursday, July 13: Milwaukee Central Library
    • 814 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
  • Thursday, July 20: Zablocki Library
    • 3501 W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53215
  • Thursday, July 27: Center Street Library
    • 2727 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53210
  • Thursday, August 3: Tippecanoe Library
    • 3912 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207
  • Thursday, August 10: Capitol Branch Library
    • 3969 N 74th St, Milwaukee, WI 53216
  • Monday, August 14: Mitchell Street Library (3-5pm)
    • 906 W Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
  • Thursday, August 17: East Branch Library
    • 2320 N Cramer St, Milwaukee, WI 53211
  • Thursday, August 24: Good Hope Library
    • 7715 Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53223
  • Monday, August 28: Washington Park Library (3-5 pm)
    • 2121 N Sherman Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53208
  • Thursday, August 31: Atkinson Library
    • 1960 W Atkinson Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209
  • Thursday, September 7: Bay View Library
    • 2566 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Past Pop-ups

  • Senior Center Pop-ups
    • Friday, September 1: McGovern Senior Center
      • 4500 W Custer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53218
    • Tuesday, September 5: Clinton Rose Senior Center
      • 3045 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212
    • Wednesday, September 9: Wilson Park Senior Center
      • 2601 W Howard Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53221
    • Wednesday, September 13: Washington Park Senior Center
      • 4420 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208
    • Farmers Markets & Community Events
      • Sunday, August 6: Bronzeville Cultural & Arts Festival
      • Saturday, August 12: Bluemound Heights Neighborhood Festival
      • Sunday, September 6: Riverwest Farmers Market
      • Saturday, September 9: Silver City InterNational Festival
      • Sunday, September 10: Fondy Farmers Market
      • Thursday, September 14: Jackson Park Farmers Market
      • Saturday, September 16: Near West Side Partners Housing Resource Fair


    Zoning Story - English

    Zoning Story - Spanish

    Zoning Story - Hmong