[updated 5:45 p.m.] An independent review by Milwaukee City Hall fiscal and research staffers has found a Waukesha submission about a possible water sale to be insufficient and without adequate details.
Here is the history and information about the findings - - again demonstrating fundamental problems with the application:
Diverted Great Lakes water sales by the City of Milwaukee to a community like Waukesha - - separate from regional mandates in a 2008 multi-state Great Lakes management Compact - - must also meet requirements for water buyers spelled out in Milwaukee Common Council four-year-old resolution #080457 (full text, here), regarding existing comprehensive planning, and transportation, housing and jobs plans in the buyer's city to help Milwaukee address those needs for its residents
In support of its quest for a diversion of Lake Michigan water, and with resolution #080457 in mind, the City of Waukesha sent a letter in April directing the City of Milwaukee to a planning website where Waukesha said Milwaukee could find enough planning information to get discussions underway about a possible deal to sell divert water to Waukesha.
Additional materials have been submitted (see list below).
On June 12 of this year, an analysis by the City of Milwaukee's research arm - - the Legislative Reference Bureau - - said in writing to Milwaukee City Clerk James Owczarski - - the Common Council's senior staffer - - that Waukesha's submissions didn't meet what resolution #080457 spelled out.
From the letter:
On the need for Waukesha to show a comprehensive plan:
There is insufficient data to gauge Waukesha's progress in implementing the Comprehensive Plan. It should be noted that it has been a relatively short period of time since the adoption of the plan, and it may take may years for implementation.On demonstrating a comprehensive housing plan in place that meets affordable housing goals, along with specific age, race and income data:
The data provided in the Waukesha report is neither detailed nor comprehensive enough...as required under the resolution.On demonstrating "a public transportation plan" with "expansion and improvement of public transportation links between Milwaukee residents and job opportunities in Waukesha."
The information provided by Waukesha is neither detailed nor comprehensive enough to draw meaningful conclusions. Based on this information, it is difficult, if not impossible, to evaluate its transportation plan, especially its success in providing public transportation links between Milwaukee residents and job opportunities in the City of Milwaukee.[Thursday evening update: More documentation is now available in a Common Council Public Works Committee file, which is scheduled to meet June 20th as part of a process that could lead to negotiations. For a diversion application to receive approval from all eight Great Lakes states, a water sale deal must be in place.
Here are links to the documents:
Report from the Legislative Reference Bureau
DCD Waukesha water analysis final (3)
Feasibility Report for Water Service to City of Waukesha
Waukesha Letter from Steve Crandell 6-11-12
Plans Report from Waukesha
LRB Analysis Waukesha Report
Water Service Area Map
Mayor Barrett Letter 4-20-12
Waukesha Comprehensive Plan
Waukesha County Bus Route
Waukesha Area Transit System Development Plan: 2003-2007
Waukesha County Transit System Development Plan: 2002-2006
Land Use Statistics
Delafield Demographics 2010
Genesee Demographics 2010
Waukesha Demographics 2010
Town of Genesee Correspondence
Town of Waukesha Correspondence, Section 8 Tenant Stats
Section 8 Tenant Stats- All, Section 8 Tenant Stats- City of Waukesha