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210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
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Madison, WI 53703
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Alder Evers’ Blog

Office Hours, Truman Olson is Breaking Ground!, Neighborhood Indicators Project, Dark Sky Ordinance

June 23, 2021 1:04 PM

Greetings.

Office Hours

Join me this Friday morning from 8am to 10am for virtual office hours. This is a good time to meet your alder, to bring your concerns and questions to my attention. I'm glad to help!

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Truman Olson Project to Break Ground Next Week!

The City of Madison has authorized Rule Enterprises and Movin' Out, along with their grocery partner Luna's Groceries, to begin moving soil on the Truman Olson site with a temporary land use permit.  This work will save the Truman Olson project both money and time, reaffirming the City's commitment to ensure that there is a grocery store that serves South Madison.  The City continues to work with its partners to move this project forward in an expeditious manner.  A final closing on the sale of the land will be followed by a formal ground-breaking ceremony in the near future. 

New data added to Madison's Neighborhood Indicators Project Website

A new set of data (2020 Edition) has been added to the City of Madison's Neighborhood Indicators Project  (NIP)--a tracking system with trend data going back to 2008.

One of the NIP aims has been to shine a light on social inequities that underlie the City's longstanding pattern of segregation and racial disparities. The NIP's geographically detailed, time series data illustrate long-term trends in numerous measures of economic and community interest. The new data is also starting to capture some of the social and economic costs of the pandemic especially on the most vulnerable populations.

NIP is a valuable tool for a wide range of entities, such as community-based organizations, non-profits, the business community, and governmental officials and staff. Throughout the pandemic and in its aftermath, NIP data will continue to remain a vital tool for decision makers, community advocates, and grant writers to identify vulnerable communities and work to ensure that available support and resources are directed to the people and places that need them most.

NIP was designed by the City of Madison in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Applied Population Lab.

Interested in learning more about NIP data and the NIP website? The City of Madison Planning Division offers free workshops to local organizations. Please contact Urvashi Martin at umartin@cityofmadison.com for more details.

Dark Sky Ordinance Review

A few months ago, I began conversations regarding the formulation of a Lake Wingra Heritage Plan that would advance goals to protect the integrity of the jewel that is Lake Wingra.  In addition to watershed concerns about phosphorous and chloride contamination from leaves and road salt, we are focused on addressing the viewshed. 

Madison is a growing city, and it's unavoidable that buildings will get taller, some of which will be visible from the shoreline around Lake Wingra.  For that reason, it's time we take a look at the City's lighting ordinance so that we might minimize light pollution and preserve what we can of the night sky.

Working with Zoning Administrator Matt Tucker and several staff members in the Building Inspection unit, a working group has been formed to review the City's dark sky ordinance.  It has been over 15 years since our rules around exterior lighting were updated.  I have two concerns in particular -- the use of illuminated signage and the extent to which commercial properties keep their interior lights on when buildings are unoccupied, neither of which makes sense as we deal with climate change.

Bay Creek resident Andy Meessmann is also part of the work group. Andy is a landscape architect and understands the technical issues and policy challenges we face with respect to rules around dark sky. He's also a very talented photographer who has traveled extensively in pursuit of dark sky vistas.  Here is a stunning photo he took up north in Vilas County of the northern lights. 

Northern Lights in Vilas County
Northern Lights in Vilas County (courtesy of Andy Meessmann)

Find our more about protecting the night sky by checking out the International Dark-Sky Association website.

Take care and enjoy the summer!

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