Special Area Plans - Districts, Neighborhoods and Corridors

State law requires that the City's Plan Commission and Common Council make land use development decisions based on consistency with our adopted comprehensive plan.  Special area plans are supplements to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan, which represent the community-held vision for the desired growth for districts, neighborhoods or corridors within the city limits.  The plans are developed by City of Madison urban planners, who work closely with community members to generate ideas on how best to accommodate anticipated growth within established areas.  Plan topics include land use, zoning, mobility, housing, community services, economic development, historic preservation, urban design, open space, health, safety, and infrastructure.

District Plans

District Plans focus on areas defined by a unique geography or functional use like downtown, a transit station area, the airport, and other employment or activity centers.  While district plans focus on a set boundary, relationship to the city as a whole is a key consideration.
Recent Plans
Downtown Plan
Lamp House Block
South Capitol Transit Oriented Development
Monroe Street Commercial District
Royster Clark Special Area Plan


Neighborhood Plans

Neighborhood plans serve as a guide for actions and changes that will strengthen Madison's established neighborhoods. These plans are prepared by City of Madison urban planners working in concert with steering committees made up of residents and business people. Neighborhood plans are a framework for physical redevelopment that include short and long-term strategies to address specific challenges, issues and opportunities in Madison's established neighborhoods.

Plans in Process
Darbo - Worthington - Starkweather

Triangle Monona Bay Plan

Adopted Plans
Allied-Dunn's Marsh Allied-Dunn's Marsh-Belmar
Arbor Hills-Leopold Bay Creek
Brittingham-Vilas Broadway-Simpson
Carpenter-Ridgeway Emerson-East-Eken Park-Yahara
Greenbush Greenbush-Vilas Neighborhood
Housing Revitalization Plan
Heistand Hoyt Park Area
Marquette Neighborhood Center Marquette-Schenk-Atwood
Midvale Heights-Westmorland Northport-Warner Park-Sherman
Regent Street-South Campus Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Worthington
South Madison Plan Southwest
Spring Harbor Tenny-Lapham
University Avenue Corridor University Hill Farms
Wingra Creek BUILD Schenk-Atwood Neighborhood District Master Plan
Hoyt Public Meeting
Neighborhood residents and city staff work together to develop a neighborhood plan

Corridor Plans

Corridor plans focus on transportation and environmental corridors. Corridors typically function as conveyances for people, goods, wildlife, and water or buffers that define community edges and natural habitat.  Plans for major transportation corridors focus on increasing person trip capacity of roadways, the efficient movement of goods, and the integration of land use and transportation. Environmental corridors typically protect sensitive environmental areas like wetlands, established forests, special geographies, and rivers.

Plan in Process Recent Plans

Yahara River Corridor Conceptual Study

Stoughton Road Revitalization Project
  East Washington Avenue Capitol Gateway Corridor
  Central Park
  East Rail Corridor
  Cottage Grove Road Activity Centers Plan

Campus-Institutional Zoning District Master Plan

Adopted Plan

Edgewood College Campus Master Plan
First Amendment to the Edgewood College Master Plan - March 28, 2016


The Constellation Building
New development on East Washington Avenue as encouraged by the Capitol Gateway Corridor Plan





Last Updated: 02/21/2019