Kari Smith's Blogs

July 23, 2015 - 8:00am
By: Kari Smith
Plan commissions are an often overlooked but ubiquitous part of local land use decision-making throughout the Greater Milwaukee region. In a new report released today, we shed light on what plan commissions in southeast Wisconsin look like, what...
April 16, 2015 - 8:05am
By: Kari Smith
While not noticed by most Greater Milwaukee residents, last week's spring election results included approval of a referendum by voters in the Town of Somers to incorporate into a village. This development precipitated a water cooler discussion at...
December 16, 2014 - 8:00am
By: Kari Smith
Throughout Southeast Wisconsin and on a daily basis, development projects from retail stores and apartment complexes to technology parks and mixed-use developments are being proposed, negotiated, agreed upon, and sometimes contested. Behind the...