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Alder Rebecca Kemble

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Alder Rebecca Kemble

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Home Address:

4217 School Rd
Madison , WI 53704

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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 Kemble’s Blog

Raemisch Farm Development

April 14, 2020 6:43 PM

At the end of March Alder Abbas and I hosted a neighborhood meeting on the Zoom platform to discuss the proposed zoning change and development of the Raemish farm between N. Sherman and Packers just north of Lakeview School. There were 32 people on the call - a good turnout for our first virtual meeting experience!

You can watch the video of the meeting here.

City of Madison Planner Kevin Firchow explained the city development process and noted that this project is at the very early pre-application phase.

development process

Developer Marty Rifken said he hasn't yet closed on the purchase of the property but hopes to do so by January 2021. He showed proposed plat drawings, mapping out roads, stormwater features and locations of single family, multi-family and mixed use buildings. The land is currently zoned for agriculture and he will be applying for rezoning within the next few weeks.

Neighbors raised concerns and questions that fell into the following broad categories:


  • Too much density in single-family neighborhoods
  • Is there really a market demand for office and retail in that location?
  • Concerns about environmental contamination on the adjacent site to the south
  • Concerns about suitability for residential use if the F-35s are sited at Truax
  • Concerns about loss of farmland in the city when the Comp Plan and Sustainability Plan urge preservation of green space and in particular space for urban agriculture
  • Traffic concerns?, especially from the Whitetail Ridge neighborhood

Mr. Rifken said he welcomes continued conversation with neighbors as the project moves forward. Alder Abbas and I will keep you updated with any new developments.


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