Alder Grant Foster
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
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
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.
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 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.)
Starkweather Drive/Garver Path - 2/24/2022 Update: There are a few areas along the new path that are not draining well, and are being barricaded off. The Contractor is scheduled to repair the pavement as soon as possible in the Spring. We apologize for the inconvenience.
St. Paul Avenue, Ohio Avenue, Talmadge Street, Jackson Street, Lafollette Avenue Reconstruction - 4/13/2022 Update: The Contractor, RG Huston Co, is planning to begin with Sanitary Sewer work on St Paul Ave starting on Monday, April 18, 2022. Expect equipment mobilization prior to this date.
Eastmorland Sidewalk Installation - Scheduled for construction in 2022
Starkweather Creek Watershed Flood Study - First public meeting held
Atwood Avenue/Olbrich Path - Board of Park Commissioners approved Option 3 for Olbrich path alignment
Davies St., Dempsey Rd., Maher Ave. - Design work is continuing following feedback received at the January public meeting. Construction planned for 2023
District 15 Development Projects (dates are tentative and subject to change)
Save the Date
May 11 - Conservation Park Tour | Edna Taylor
May 24 - SASY Neighborhood Association will be holding their annual business meeting at Garver Feed Mill.
May 31 - Network Redesign Public Hearing
June 5-11 - Madison Bike Week
June 18-19 - Lake Edge/Eastmorland/Glendale joint neighborhood garage sale
June 21 - Make Music Madison
July 14 - Eastmorland Outdoor Market
July 17 - Eastmorland Garden/Chicken Coop Tour
Sept 15 - Eastmorland Outdoor Market
Nov 12 - Eastmorland Outdoor Market
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