Office of Rep. Chris Taylor - 76th Assembly District
306-West - P.O. Box 8953 - Madison, WI 53708
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
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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!
The effects of mental illness are far reaching, affecting classrooms, families, and workplaces. Dane County is stepping up and increasing our commitment to get help to those in need and address mental health challenges.
Launched in 2013, our school based mental health teams are now making a difference for hundreds of students and families across Dane County. These teams of mental health professionals are available to help if a mental health crisis occurs but also to work with students and teachers to identify students struggling with mental illness before it becomes a crisis.
After hearing from school districts, teachers and parents of the success of the teams we have been working to locate more funding to help more school districts. In my 2017 budget every school district that wants a team in their district will have one.
We must continue to work with our schools and families to get kids the help they need and allow teachers to focus on teaching. Our schools cannot do it all, the county, the non-profit sector and families must all help make sure our next generation of young minds is being given the opportunity to succeed. I am proud to help further Dane County’s commitment to the next generation.
Dane County Executive
The City of Madison Parks Division is excited to announce the dates and locations for Five Community Visioning Sessions for the 2018-2022 Park and Open Space Plan! These meetings will provide valuable opportunities for community members to help define the values, vision and goals that shape Madison’s park and open space system now and into the future.
The Park and Open Space Plan is an important document that guides decision-making about the future of our city parks and open space. It is updated every five years to stay current with changing recreational trends, demographics and park needs, as well as to integrate with other city, county and statewide efforts.
Sessions will begin with a half-hour informal open house and include highly interactive presentations, discussions and exercises.
Learn more about the project by visiting the website Park and Open Space Plan or attend one of the community sessions:
Community Visioning Session #1 (North Side)
WHEN: 5:30-8:00PM, January 31, 2017
WHERE: Warner Park Community Recreation Center
Community Visioning Session #2 (East Side)WHEN: 5:30-8:00PM, February 6, 2017
WHERE: Whitehorse Middle School - Library Media Center
Community Visioning Session #3 (South Side)WHEN: 5:30-8:00PM, February 13, 2017
WHERE: The Village on Park - The Atrium Community Room
Community Visioning Session #4 (West Side)WHEN: 5:30-8:00PM, March 1, 2017
WHERE: Alicia Ashman Library
Community Visioning Session #5 (Downtown)WHEN: 5:30-8:00PM, March 23, 2017
WHERE: Central Library - Meeting Rooms 301 & 302
Click here to RSVP for the event
Additional questions or comments? Contact: email@example.com, (608) 266-4711.
On January 10, two playground concepts were presented by Sarah Lerner, the Project Manager from Parks Department. This is based on the survey results from the neighborhood:
Below are the concepts presented. Concept 2 was the preferred option with suggestions provided to be incorporated. The final design is currently in progress and will be shared once Sarah has had a chance to discuss and review with the playground manufacturer, Playworld.
Suggested modifications include the replacement of the following items:
In addition, an inquiry has been made for the installation of additional park benches and potentially replacing one of the swing options (belt or the toddler) with an inclusion swing (e.g. accessible swing).
Assuming these changes are within the budget allotted for the project, a final concept layout will be presented and finalized. Project bids will go out and once a RFP (request for proposal) is accepted, construction will be scheduled. LENA will be working closely with the City on this project to ensure construction schedule does not interfere with our neighborhood events (e.g. summer picnic). The playground is expected to be installed this fall.
We welcome in 2017 with an optimism that Dane County will continue to serve our residents in an inclusive and respectful manner, building community engagement and values.
Specifically, the County Board will be working to make long-term improvements to the Dane County jail. Last year, Dane County made short-term repairs to address the immediate life and safety issues in our jail facilities, including fire safety measures, lock improvements, and electrical system repairs. This year we will analyze options to address the long-term safety and viability issues for the jail.
As a reminder, the Dane County Jail currently includes the downtown Public Safety Building, the 6-7th floors of the City-County Building, as well as the Huber work release facility near the Alliant Energy Center. The top two floors of City-County Building, which date back to 1954, face significant safety issues and house both maximum security inmates and those struggling with mental health issues.
In 2015, the County Board rejected expensive proposals to building a new jail, instead opting to implement short-term repairs and explore renovation/expansion of the Public Safety Building downtown. A report, recently commissioned by the board includes:
A central component of the County’s long-term corrections reform strategy includes reducing racial disparities, providing alternatives to incarceration (including restorative justice programs as well as veterans and mental health courts), reforming bail, and expedited booking. These efforts contribute to a slightly lower projection of number of inmates over time, which is promising considering the anticipated growth in Dane County over the next decade.
We note, however, that black inmates are still very disproportionately represented in the jail (38% of the jail population) and black inmates are held for significantly longer (over 30% longer). So there is a lot more work to do.
The report offers two long-term recommendations for replacing the outdated, unsafe space on the 6 & 7th floors of the City County Building by expanding the existing downtown Public Safety Building either by (1) vertically add four floors or (2) horizontally expanding the footprint. Both strategies are outlined in two phases and would cost between $120-135 million.
This continues to be a costly and challenging issue. Please review the report and let us know what you think – you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or Schmidt.email@example.com.
The Parks Commission unanimously approved the draft agreement with the operators of BKM Group to open a seasonal biergarten at the Olbrich Beach House at the meeting held on Wednesday, December 14. The group will appear before the Alcohol License Review Committee next and other city committees: Finance Committee, Parks Commission, and the City Council before a final agreement is completed.
LENA was provided with additional information from Mike Bare, co-owner of the BKM Group since the initial meeting. Missed the December 8 neighborhood meeting? No worries, view the presentation below.
Note: Comments are disabled to encourage continued discussions on various social media sites such as the LENA and SASY Facebook groups and NextDoor.
December 8 Neighborhood Meeting
BKM Group Letter to the Parks Commission
Q & A Document - Addressing Neighbors' Concerns
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
Madison Is Now A ‘Class 1’ Fire Protection Community - Property Owners May Be Entitled To Lower Insurance Rates
The nation’s leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry has named Madison “Wisconsin’s newest Class 1 fire protection community.” It’s a distinction shared by only three other cities in the state.
The Insurance Service Organization (ISO), through its Public Protection Classification program, examined three areas: Emergency Communications, Fire Department, and Water Supply. Out of 105.50 possible credits in the ISO’s scoring metric, Madison received 91.48 credits, placing the city among an elite group of 204 municipalities (out of 47,000) in the country that carry this honor (see: "Points of Pride" document.pdf). The new classification takes effect Thursday, December 1.
The public’s ongoing investment in a progressive fire department, a robust and reliable water utility, and a responsive, technologically-advanced emergency communications center is now paying off by way of lower property insurance rates.
Most insurers use the ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program when underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties; therefore, property owners in the City of Madison, Village of Shorewood Hills, and Town of Blooming Grove may be entitled to decreased rates.
Individuals can take advantage of this new classification by contacting their insurance agent and letting them know their community was just upgraded to an “ISO Class 1” ranking. Because each insurer uses ISO rankings differently, actual savings may vary.
Contacts: •Cynthia Schuster, 608-261-5539, firstname.lastname@example.org
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