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Alder Grant Foster

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Alder Grant Foster

Contact Information

Home Address:

3930 Anchor Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Foster’s Updates

Assessments, Medians, Gallery Night - D15 Update 5/1/22

May 1, 2022 8:25 AM

lane closure
MG&E will be closing one inbound lane on Atwood between Oakridge and Fair Oaks through May 20 while they replace utility poles. You can find more information here.
The cycletrack was also installed in the outbound direction between Oakridge and Walter last week and will be in place through the summer and fall like it has been the previous two years. This section of Atwood is expected to be fully reconstructed next year and the cycletrack will be a permanent feature following reconstruction.


bike path detour
The Capital City Path will be closed as part of the local street reconstruction project. A marked detour will direct users around this closure through June. You can find more information on this project and closure at the project page here.

2022 Property Assessments 

The city assessor has published the valuation of all assessable property in Madison and updated assessments were in the mail as of Friday. You can read more about the assessment process here and find the new assessed values here. The Wisconsin State Journal ran an extensive article explaining the assessments and Council President, Keith Furman, provided a comprehensive blog post on this topic. There is often confusion about the difference between an increase in assessed values and an increase in property tax and Alder Furman's post helps explain the difference. Anyone feeling that there is an error in their assessment can find information about the appeals process here


The Wisconsin State Journal ran an article about paving over medians that has generated a lot of feedback. It's encouraging to hear how strongly many residents support greening our city and it reinforces a value that I've been working to uphold. As you can imagine, the situation is a little more complicated than simply choosing between greenscape and concrete and our Engineering division has put together an FAQ document that explains some of that detail here.

While none of the medians proposed for conversion are eligible for adoption by community members, it is a good opportunity to share information about our adopt-a-median program and to highlight one median in District 15 that is available for adoption - I'm guessing there are some folks interested in adopting this median on Elmside Boulevard... You can find more information on the program here.

median adoption

Transit-Oriented Development Zoning

Implementation of Transit-Oriented Development Zoning has been underway over the last year and a draft plan is now being released for public input. This initiative is meant to promote higher-density development in areas of the city that are in close proximity to high-frequency transit routes and is a technique used by many cities to encourage more sustainable growth patterns. You can find background information on this initiative as well as links to upcoming public meetings at the project website here.

Zion Redevelopment Proposal & SASY Plan Amendment

The Plan Commission took up the Zion church redevelopment proposal and SASY plan amendment at their meeting on Monday and voted unanimously to recommend approval of both. You can watch a recording of the deliberation at Plan Commission here. These items will be in front of the Common Council on May 10 for final action.

Gallery Night

Gallery night returns this Friday with a number of venues in District 15, including ArtWorking on S. Stoughton Road, Midwest Clay Project & Studios on N. Bryan Street, and a number of locations in the SASY neighborhood. You can find a full list of participating locations and an interactive map here.

Eastmorland Outdoor Market

The first Eastmorland Outdoor Market of the season will take place at the Lansing Food Forest on Saturday. You can find the details here.

Historic Dean House Tour

On Sunday, stop in at the Historic Dean House for their monthly open house and tour. Details here.

In the News

District 15 Public Works Projects

(You can find a list of all engineering projects in District 15 here.)

District 15 Development Projects (dates are tentative and subject to change)

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