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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Life Sciences District Master Plan Concept on Hold

Further consideration of the Life Sciences District Master Plan was put on hold Tuesday, May 9 by the City of Wauwatosa Community Affairs Committee until the following items are completed:

  1. The report from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).
  2. A zoning proposal from Milwaukee County for land they own within the Life Sciences District Master Plan area.
  3. A report from Milwaukee County on the impediments to development at the UWM Innovation Campus and Research Park.
  4. Milwaukee County takes action to preserve the natural areas commonly known as the County Grounds Park and Sanctuary Woods in perpetuity.
  5. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) forest land west and north of Swan Boulevard is permanently preserved in perpetuity.

If and when these items are obtained, the City of Wauwatosa would continue with the planning process and the Life Sciences District Master Plan would return to the Community Affairs Committee for consideration. It is possible for the Community Affairs Committee to suspend the rules to consider bringing the Life Sciences District Master Plan back for consideration without all five of the above items. If this would be considered at some point in the future, it would be noticed on the City’s website at

The planning for a possible Life Sciences District was a collaborative effort by the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (MRMC), Milwaukee County, and the City of Wauwatosa. The Life Sciences District planning area are the four quadrants surrounding the intersection of I-41/US 45 and Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa, encompassing the MRMC, Milwaukee County Research Park and UW-Milwaukee Innovation Campus, and other entities.  It is metropolitan Milwaukee’s hub for health care, biosciences and biomedical engineering. The planning firms of Sasaki Associates of Boston, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates of San Francisco and Graef Inc. of Milwaukee were retained to create a 25-year plan for growth of that hub into a Life Sciences District like medical and research campuses elsewhere around the country.

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