Happy February from the Imagine Madison Team! We’re glad you didn’t get stuck in Groundhog Day timeloop. If you did, this whole “planning for the future” thing would be weird.
While Phase 1 will continue for about one more month, we are starting to look forward to Phase 2 of the Imagine Madison process. Land use will be a key component in Phase 2. We’ll be updating the Future Land Use Map that includes the planned land uses for currently developed areas and anticipated growth areas on the edge of the City. To ensure that the Comprehensive Plan is an accurate expression of community land use goals, we’ve established a process for considering changes to the Plan’s Future Land Use Map and the corresponding text in the Plan.
The City Planning Division will accept change requests regarding the Future Land Use Map and Chapter through March 31. It is preferred that requests be submitted online at www.imaginemadisonwi.com/land-use-map-amendment. We are looking for input from residents, neighborhood associations, developers, and all other interested parties. Planning Division Staff will review comments and evaluate requests to create an Initial Draft of the Future Land Use Map, which will be presented for a two-month public comment period beginning in late April. The Final Draft of the Future Land Use Map will be presented to the Plan Commission at a public meeting in July.
Potential Change Map
Land use, as described above, is what most people think of when talking about the Comprehensive Plan. Specifically, what are the existing land uses and will those land uses change? But when we compare the Current Land Use Map with the Future Land Use Map, it's almost impossible to see which areas are most likely to change. Many people want to know: are there areas that may change where I live? Planning staff developed a list of criteria to inform development of an "areas of potential change" map to easily show which areas of the City are most likely to see changes over the next 20+ years. You can now view the Areas of Potential Change story map that shows the various criteria used for determining areas of potential future change, as well as a delineation of those areas that, due to demographic and economic forces, are more likely to change development type, density, or intensity by 2040. Take a look here.
Issues & Goals Survey
Time is running out to weigh in on our Draft Goals that will set the stage for the remainder of this project. We’ll be closing down the survey on February 15th so we can compile the responses, add them to the feedback from public meetings and Resident Panels, and report out to the Plan Commission and the public. Go to http://www.imaginemadisonwi.com/issues-goals-survey to let us know your thoughts about Madison’s direction regarding housing, transportation, and much more.
For more information regarding the Future Land Use Plan, the Areas of Change map, the Issues and Goals survey, or anything else about Imagine Madison, contact us using the information below.
Brian, Colin, and Kirstie
City of Madison Comprehensive Plan Update
608.243.0455 | 608.243.0470
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Happy 2017! We hope you are excited about working with us to create a more equitable, sustainable, healthy, and adaptable Madison for everyone.
Issues & Goals Survey – What do you think?
Aaron Rogers hasn’t filled out the Issues and Goals survey yet, probably because he’s busy prepping for the game on Sunday. But we bet that if he had the time (and lived in Madison), that he’d have lots to say about Madison’s future, just like many of your neighbors have already done. See below for some of the comments we’ve received at the December Community Meetings and on the online survey so far. What do you think? Do you agree with these responses or do you want a different direction for our City?
“Homeless shelters & transitional housing. Low-income housing. Downtown and campus area housing that isn't astronomically expensive or falling apart.
“The City needs to loosen development restrictions to allow developers to add the supply necessary to meet demand. The current Downtown Plan is too restrictive, and the current comprehensive plan doesn't allow for the sort of density needed in many outlying neighborhoods to make projects financially feasible.
“The neighborhoods do have a good sense of character, although this is in danger of being minimized by the mixed use developments that are all clones.”
“I wish neighborhood associations were stronger. I think the influx of out-of-state students and wealthy young professionals is diluting the character of Madison.”
“More emphasis upon multi-modal and access for all people and all neighborhoods.”
“Madison has its head in the sand and foolishly believes everyone will take transit or bike. That is not how people travel, the automobile is not going away. Deal with it.”
“More tech jobs are needed; the Madison economy is too dependent on a small number of large companies.”
“Non-technical jobs. If you have a STEM degree, you are set in Madison. If you don't, you're likely to struggle. We need to increase jobs that are paying people a wage they can support their families with.”
“Should the City do its own planning of activities at parks, instead of depending upon the School Board funding?”
“Madison needs to raise the bar with their landscape architecture...it really is lacking and could be amazing!”
“We need a community composting facility where people can bring their compostable materials and then buy compost for a small fee.”
“Water quality of lakes needs to continue to be improved: this should be a top priority. Madison's lakes are the major natural feature defining the city.”
What Goals Did We Miss?
“It seems like health care facilities/access to health care is an important topic. They are mostly private companies, but also crucial for people to access. Considering where to site future clinics, hospitals, urgent care centers, and ERs related to growth of the city seems important.”
“I hope that as the planning gets more detailed, that Education and the facilities for education become more of a focal piece, since they can be neighborhood/community hubs.”
These are just a few of the many comments we’ve received so far. You can see more community responses on our website.
Imagine Madison Planning Pop-In
Do you, your friends, neighbors, or coworkers want to have a more in-depth discussion about Imagine Madison and the future of our community? City Planning staff are available for a Planning Pop-In with your group. Let us know where and when you’d like to meet and if there are any specific topics concerning Imagine Madison and the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update you’d like to talk about. In the last week, we’ve visited the Latino Support Network (LaSup) and the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin; we’re meeting with the Cherokee Park Neighborhood Association tomorrow.
Congrats to Andy, Daniel, Evie, Kate, and Tim, our five Prize Winners who each won an Imagine Madison travel mug or an Imagine Madison sport water bottle and pen just for filling out an online survey! You too can win a prize; just make sure you provide your email when you complete the Issues and Goals survey.
Imagining Madison Mini-Documentary
If you haven’t seen it yet, episode one of the Imagining Madison Mini-Documentary is up on our website. We sat down with eight Madisonians and discussed what kind of issues they have seen in Madison, what their hopes are for the future, and specific things they’d like our community to pursue in the future. We’d love to hear your thoughts, too. How do they compare to the interviews? Are your experiences similar? Totally different? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter (and like/follow us while you’re there).
Thank you for helping us plan a better Madison for our future together!
It’s been an exciting few weeks at the Imagine Madison office. So much has been going on and we’re well on our way to planning a more equitable, sustainable, healthy, and adaptable Madison for everyone!
Thank you to everyone that came out to the Imagine Madison Kickoff Meetings last week Monday at the Central Library and Wednesday at the Village on Park. We had great turnout (about 100 at the Library and more than 60 at the Village on Park) and our i-clicker real-time polling system was a big hit. We had great responses to the list of draft goals that will provide the basis for specific strategies, actions, and policies we will be discussing in future months. We also enjoyed very stimulating and in-depth conversations with many of our neighbors at the meetings about what they thought about the goals, how they could be improved, and what was missing.
If you were unable to attend the meetings and would still like to participate, don’t worry! The Issues and Goals survey is now live on our website. This web survey replicates the materials and questions from the public meetings.
Our first interview video is also up on the website. We sat down with eight Madisonians and discussed what kind of issues they have seen in Madison, what their hopes are for the future, and specific things they’d like our community to pursue in the future. We’d love to hear your thoughts, too. How do they compare? Are your experiences similar? Totally different?
With the launch of our Issues and Goals survey, we have taken down the Imagining Madison survey. We’re currently compiling the answers from the 130 completed surveys we received, but we thought you might like to see a sample of some of the answers:
What makes you excited for Madison's future?
“The parks, the beautiful bike paths, the thriving University, the Arboretum, the influx of young professionals, the increasing diversity, more startups, more jobs, possibility of a Public Market, vibrant restaurants, great nightlife, great sports facilities... the list can really go on and on.”
What makes you concerned about Madison's future?
“I am concerned about the racial disparities in Madison and how this will continue to influence the lack of economic and social mobility for minorities. I hope infrastructure, such as higher quality transportation and education, will ensue as a fundamental start to a long process.”
What's your big idea for Madison (cost & effort not an issue)?
“The Nolen Causeway and Law Park have potential to become an iconic entryway into the city. John Nolen Drive is already a beautiful city entrance, but projects like the Nolen Centennial Project and Law Park development would beautifully bookend our iconic Monona Terrace and create a true gateway to our city.”
What's your small idea for Madison (a change that could quickly and easily be made)?
“Planting new trees; off-leash dog parks.”
At our community meetings last week, we hung a large banner asking attendees to tell us “How do you Imagine Madison?” Here is just a small sample of the more than 100 responses we received:
Do you, your friends, neighbors, or coworkers want to have a more in-depth discussion about Imagine Madison and the future of our community? City Planning staff are available for a Planning Pop-In with your group. Let us know where and when you’d like to meet and if there are any specific topics concerning Imagine Madison and the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update you’d like to talk about.
We’ve had an overwhelming response to our Resident Panels initiative. As part of our engagement efforts, we are trying to connect with organizations with established connections to communities and populations that have not been well-represented in past City planning efforts. We’re busy reviewing the more than 40 proposals that we received from a variety of groups from all over Madison. Resident Panels will begin meeting in late January or early February.
We’ve also now added Spanish and Hmong landing pages for the Imagine Madison website. Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter if you have not done so already.
Finally, congrats to our five prize winners who each won an Imagine Madison travel mug or an Imagine Madison sport water bottle and pen just for filling out a survey online! You too can win a prize; just make sure you provide your email when you complete the Issues and Goals survey.
Brian, Kirstie, and Colin
City of Madison Comprehensive Plan Update
608.243.0455 | 608.243.0470
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