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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Status Update on Life Sciences Master Plan

Revision Date: November 17, 2017 

What's Changed? The five requests from Milwaukee County outlined in item 2 below were held at the November 13 Plan Commission meeting, meaning no action has been taken on them. The Life Sciences District Master Plan remains on file with the Community Affairs Committee as described below. This page will be updated again when these items are next placed on an agenda for consideration with Plan Commission or the Community Affairs Committee. 

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. The minutes and video of this meeting are available online.

Below is a status update as of September 22, 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) has been received via electronic copy on October 30, 2017 and hard copy on November 3, 2017. Condition  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. 5 applications have been received from Milwaukee County. Condition met.
    1. Request by James Tarantino, Milwaukee County, for a Land Division via Certified Survey Map at approximately 9200 Watertown Plank Road.
    2. Request by James Tarantino, Milwaukee County, for a Land Combination at approximately 9250 Watertown Plank Road (land north of power plant). 
    3. Request by James Tarantino, Milwaukee County, for a Zoning Map Amendment from Special Purpose - Medical Center to Special Purpose District - Conservation at approximately 9200 Watertown Plank Road (lot 2 of proposed CSM). 
    4. Request by James Tarantino, Milwaukee County, for a Zoning Map Amendment from Special Purpose District - Medical Center to Special Purpose District - Conservation at approximately 9250 Watertown Plank Road (land north of power plant).
    5. Request by James Tarantino, Milwaukee County, for a Zoning Text Amendment in the Special Purpose Medical District - Medical Center to add multi-unit building as a conditional use.
  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 the items outlined 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. Milwaukee County staff has indicated that rezoning of the land (see item 2 above for Milwaukee County applications) needs to occur prior to deed restrictions being considered by the Milwaukee County Board. 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. On September 22, 2017 the City of Wauwatosa received a response from WDNR officials explaining the status of deed restrictions already in place at the WDNR/FEC (Forest Exploration Center) woods. A report has not been received. Condition met.
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