Updates & Week of Nov. 8 Meetings of Interest for District 2


District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

City meetings remain online only with details listed in City Meetings of Interest below; all have virtual public participation options.


Stay in touch with your neighbors through either Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc.Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association, or Campus Area Neighborhood Assoc.


There are three sections to this week's update:

  1. COVID-19 Resources & Information
  2. Other District 2 Updates
  3. City Meetings of Interest to District 2



COVID Update



From Public Health Madison & Dane County:

Dane CORE is a partnership between Dane County, the City of Madison, Urban Triage, Tenant Resource Center, Community Action Coalition and other community partners. The goal is to assist eligible households in need of rental and utility assistance with funding to ensure those bills can be paid.

For information on Madison's COVID responses and resources, visit the City's Coronavirus Website.

From Community Action Coalition: Dane County Food Pantry Network

State of Wisconsin COVID-19 resources and information from state agencies, including the State Dept. Public Health

Info on UW-Madison's response to the pandemic at this site





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New District 2

District 2 Shifting - Alder District Changes Are Finalized

New City of Madison alder districts and voting wards were amended and approved by Common Council this past week. In the new District 2 (see map above or detailed city map here), there will be 14,253 residents based on the 2020 Census data.

The Sherman Terrace area and the many apartments along Fordem Ave. will move to District 12, currently represented by Syed Abbas, while the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood will join District 6 across E. Washington Ave., currently represented by Brian Benford.

Those changes will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022, rather than when current alder terms are up in April 2023.

It seems unusual that as a resident of Tenney-Lapham I will not represent my neighborhood nor will I live in District 2 as of the new year, but this is the way redistricting works! Despite not living in the newly drawn District 2, I will continue to represent the James Madison Park and the Mansion Hill neighborhoods. Rather than District 2 ending at Frances Street, it will now stretch to Lake Street in the Langdon area and will include the 400, 500, and 600 blocks of State Street. Also included in District 2 will be blocks between State and W. Johnson from Bassett Street to Lake Street. See the maps referenced above if that is difficult to visualize. 

For my soon-to-be former constituents (and my neighbors!) in Tenney-Lapham and the Sherman Terrace area, I'll certainly miss working with you after the end of 2021, but I do plan to stay involved as I can. Alders Abbas and Benford will no doubt do a fine job representing their new areas and I'll be assisting them whenever possible. There will be a steep learning curve for those alders whose districts are absorbing different areas of the city, but I imagine that all alders who have long represented particular neighborhoods will not totally abandon the ship.

For the April 2023 citywide elections, all candidates will need to live in the alder district they hope to represent by the time they might take office in late April 2023.

Operating and Capital Budgets

The 2022 Budgets To Be Considered by Council on Nov. 9, 10, and 11

Both the 2022 Executive Operating and Capital Budgets, as amended by the Finance Committee, will be considered and likely amended further by Common Council on Nov. 9, 10, and possibly 11. On Nov. 9, public comment will be accepted on both budgets with Council consideration following all the public comment. If the budgets are approved on Nov. 10, the Nov. 11 meeting will be canceled. Participation and viewing options can be found at the "Details" link on each meeting in "City Meetings of Interest" below.

See the City's full budget process with links within to the both the Operating and Capital Budgets. The Mayor's proposed Operating Budget had expenses of $358.6 million and after Finance Committee amendments the total was pushed to more than 360.3 million. The Common Council has about $78k of remaining Operating Budget expenditures that they can approve without running into the state-mandated property tax levy limit, but many proposed amendments dig into other program and departmental budgets for funding to prevent exceeding the limit. See the proposed Operating Budget amendments that will be considered next week here.

On the Capital Budget side, the Mayor's Capital Budget totaled about $142.8 million of general obligation borrowing for 2022. The Finance Committee did not add additional borrowing to next year's Capital Budget, but Council will be considering potentially $1.4 million in extra borrowing this week. Those proposed Capital Budget amendments can be found here.

I recommend reading the Mayor's Executive Summary of the Operating Budget and the Mayor's Executive Summary of the Capital Budget to learn more about the proposed expenses and revenue, as well as agency budgets and our borrowing plans through 2027. Another great resource is District 19 Alder Keith Furman's detailed blog post on the budget and the budget process, available here. Alder Furman details many of the larger and more important components of both budgets, including important policy decisions that are embedded in budget choices.

If you have input on either the Capital or Operating budgets, please let me know (district2@cityofmadison.com).


Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Proposal at TLNA Council on Nov. 11

On Thursday, Nov. 11, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra's proposal to redevelop the current Avenue Club parcels in the 1100 block of E. Washington Avenue will be discussed by the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association Council at their monthly meeting. That meeting will take place via Zoom and starts at 7pm. The Zoom link for the meeting was not available as of publication, but should be sent to the TLNA listserv as the meeting approaches. Contact me or president@tenneylapham.org later in the week if you are unable to find the meeting information.

If approved, this redevelopment will include demolishing the Avenue Club building and constructing a new building with rehearsal and studio spaces, offices, practice rooms, and spaces for community gathering. The meeting slides presented by WYSO at an Oct. 25 virtual neighborhood meeting can be found here.

ADU Examples

Plan Commission to Discuss Proposed Changes to Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance

At our Monday, Nov. 8 meeting, Plan Commission will consider changes to city zoning ordinances that could facilitate the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on residential parcels that have single-family dwellings on them. At the Nov. 8 meeting, staff will give an informational presentation and commissioners can ask questions, but will take no action until the Nov. 22 Plan Commission meeting when public comment on the proposed changes will also be accepted. If the proposed changes pass Plan Commission, Common Council could consider the changes as early as Dec. 7.

The Plan Commission meeting will be recorded, so those who wish to watch the presentation and discussion later can do so via City Channelbut options for watching and participating in live meetings are in the "Details" link for all "City Meetings of Interest" below. You can also view the slide presentation for Monday's Plan Commission meeting, already available here.

The proposed legislation would make ADUs a Permitted Use, rather than a Conditional Use, as is currently required in City zoning. A Conditional Use request often entails a lengthy process with an unpredictable outcome, which disincentivizes ADUs in Madison. The proposal also increases the maximum ADU size from 700 to 900 square feet, sets a 2-bedroom maximum for an ADU, and makes other simplifications and clarifications. ADUs larger than 900 square feet will no longer be allowed by Conditional Use, so that is a firm limit. Other non-ADU accessory buildings, which includes garages, garages under an ADU, and other structures, will be limited to 1,000 square feet, although can be larger by Conditional Use, i.e., Plan Commission will need approve such exceptions.

I have been working Alders Foster and Evers, as well as City Planning staff, Zoning staff, and Community Development staff on these changes, so am a cosponsor. The Capitol Times published an editorial this week supporting the proposed changes. If you have input, feel free to email me at district2@cityofmadison.com.

Madison Marathon Route

Madison Marathon To Impact Driving and Cycling Routes on Sunday, Nov. 14

The Madison Marathon is happening on Sunday, Nov. 14. There are no changes to the annual marathon and half marathon course from past years, but the organizers have added 5K and 10K routes. These new routes are mostly on roads they have used for past marathons, but they will use a small portion of the following roads for the short time these runners are on them:

  • Brearly (from E Gorham to E Mifflin)
  • Sherman Ave (from Sherman/Fordem to Harbor Dr) on the south side 

Gorham St. and Mifflin St. will see runners at various times of the day for all the routes, so roads could be closed and traffic will be impacted. Sherman Ave. and Fordem Ave. will also see runners at various times. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead if traveling around the race route as crossing the route will only be permitted when there are sufficient gaps in the runners.

The 5k/10k will start together sometime between 7:20am and 7:30am. The Marathon starts at 7:00am and the Half Marathon at 7:10am. All start on on W. Mifflin on the Square. Course maps for all the races are here.

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Nov. 15 Capitol Neighborhoods Virtual "Cookies with a Cop" 

Join your neighbors and Madison Police Department Representatives for a conversation about recent events in Madison's downtown neighborhoods. The event will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, via Zoom. Discussion will begin at 7:00 PM and conclude at 8:00 PM.

The event will begin with brief introductions of the police representatives, then proceed to questions submitted to the organizers prior to and during the meeting. Attendees will be able to submit questions to the organizers by email at Info@CapitolNeighborhoods.org before the meeting or through the Zoom chat feature during the event. Attendees are strongly encouraged to email questions or concerns prior to the event in order to help facilitate a more productive meeting.

Topic: CNI's Virtual "Cookies with a Cop"

Time: Nov 15, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 852 1141 5384

Passcode: 428140

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kctwTz7SED


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Connect Greater Madison: Regional Transportation Plan 2050

From the Greater Madison Metropolitan Planning Organization

Join us for one of the following public meetings to learn more and share your feedback. MPO staff will review the RTP planning process, summarize public input to date, review draft future planned bikeway and transit network maps, share results of travel forecasting based on future planned growth and planned and potential transportation improvement, share early scenario analysis based on emerging drivers of change, and review draft RTP goals and policies. Both meetings will end with time for Q&A.

1. Regional Transportation Plan Phase 2 Public Meeting  (evening option)

    Thursday, November 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Register Here


2. Regional Transportation Plan Phase 2 Public Meeting (daytime option)

    Tuesday, November 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m. – Register Here


The Connect Greater Madison: Regional Transportation Plan 2050 is being coordinated with the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC)'s 2050 Regional Development Framework. The Greater Madison MPO and CARPC are partner agencies working together to align transportation, land use, and natural resource planning in the greater Madison region.

Stay Informed and Connected:

Federal Child Tax Credit Tax Sign-up Ending Nov. 15

Between now and November 15, families who are not required to file taxes can sign-up for the federal Child Tax Credit by going to https://www.getctc.org/en, English, or https://www.getctc.org/es, Spanish. The Code for America created the online sign-up tool in collaboration with the White House and Treasury. It is mobile friendly and most families can complete it within about 15 minutes.

Families of over 60 million children are already receiving the Child Tax Credit - $3,600 annually for children under 6 and $3,000 for kids between 6 and 17 – but families who haven't signed up and earn too little to have to file taxes are missing out.

MSCR Seeking Community Input Via Survey

Madison School & Community Recreation's (MSCR) mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals in the Madison Metropolitan School District and for the community by providing recreation and enrichment opportunities year-round that are accessible to all. One of MSCR's key strategies is to meet the needs of our diverse community by:

- Deliver high quality programs meeting needs of diverse community members, supporting healthy, active families, youth and adults.
- Develop and implement more accessible and diverse models of program delivery to better meet community needs, utilizing existing resources.
- Utilize best practice, evidence based and nationally recognized program models/curricula.
- Develop and utilize a consistent, department wide process to obtain feedback from community members.

In this survey, people can share their thoughts about MSCR's program offerings in their neighborhood. The survey, which is open until Nov. 15, 2021, can be found here:



Below are some pertinent agenda items from city committees that are meeting this week. If you click on meeting "Details" below, you will find participation and viewing options, and a link to the full meeting agenda. If you click on a item from within an agenda, you will see all documents that relate to that item.


I appreciate hearing from you on any items on which you have a particular interest or concern.



President's Work Group on Environmental Justice: Details

3:30pm, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021




Agenda Item 3

Addressing F-35 Noise Impacts

a. Options for Requiring Soundproofing

b. Final Recommendation(s)



Police and Fire Commission: Details

5:30pm, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021




Agenda Item 2

Planning discussion regarding Fire Chief Hiring Process and Schedule Special Meeting




Agenda Item 4

Update on 2021 Firefighter Hiring Process




Agenda Item 10

Update on Police Accelerated Academy


Agenda Item 11

Update on Police Academy


Agenda Item 12

Update on 2022 Pre-Service Academy Hiring Process


Agenda Item 14

Presentation regarding Overview of Professional Standards & Internal Affairs



Plan Commission: Details

5:30pm, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021




Item 2 has been placed on this agenda for the purposes of presenting the proposed ordinance changes and allowing members to ask questions of staff. The item is scheduled for public hearing at the November 22, 2021 Plan Commission meeting, at which time the Plan Commission may take public comment on the ordinance and make its recommendation to the Common Council.


Agenda Item 2

Amending Tables 28C-1, 28D-2 and 28E-2 to change Accessory Dwelling Units ("ADU") from a conditional use to a permitted use on all districts; Amending Table 28 G-1 to allow ADUs in Agricultural District; Amending MGO 28.151 to change required standards for ADUs; Amending MGO 28.131 to change the maximum area per lot and maximum size of ADUs; Amending MGO 28.211 to clarify the definition of ADUs.

Note: See more above in "Other District 2 Updates".




Zoning Map Amendment & Related Requests


Note: Items 3-5 are related and should be referred to the November 22, 2021 meeting at the request of the applicant


Agenda Item 3

Creating Section 28.022-00515 of the Madison General Ordinances to rezone properties located at 341 State Street, 317-321 West Gorham Street and 322 West Johnson Street, 4th Aldermanic District, from UMX (Urban Mixed Use) and DC (Downton Core) Districts to PD(GDP) Planned Development (General Development Plan) and creating Section 28.022-00516 to approve a Specific Implementation Plan. 


Agenda Item 4

341 State Street, 315-321 W Gorham Street, and 322 W Johnson Street, 4th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish four commercial buildings as part of a proposed mixed-use redevelopment in the [proposed] Planned Development District. 


Agenda Item 5

Approving a Certified Survey Map on lands owned by Urban Land Interests, 322 W Johnson Street, LLP, and McCaughey Development Associates, LLP located at 341 State Street, 315, 317 and 321 W Gorham Street and 322 W Johnson Street; 4th Ald. Dist.




- Upcoming Matters - November 22, 2021

- Zoning Text Amendment - Amend Table 28I-1 of Section 28.132 to add bicycle parking as allowed in front, side and rear yard setbacks



Common Council: Details

5:30pm, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021


Special Meeting - 2022 Capital & Operating Budget


NOTE: This meeting may be recessed and reconvened on Wednesday, November 10 at 5:30 p.m. virtually.


The Common Council will address the Capital and Operating Budgets on Tuesday, November 9, with public testimony and deliberations.


The Common Council may continue addressing the Capital and/or Operating Budget on Wednesday, November 10 (if needed) and Thursday, November 11 (if needed).






Agenda Item 1

Executive Capital Budget


Agenda Item 2

2022 Executive Operating Budget 






Agenda Item 3

Adopting the 2022 City Budget authorizing a 2021 general property tax levy of $___________ for City of Madison purposes, adopting a supplemental increase of $29,990 in the allowable property tax levy for 2021, as authorized under s. 66.0602(3)(f), Wisconsin Statutes, and declaring the City's official intent to issue general obligation and revenue bonds to reimburse for certain expenditures authorized therein.




Agenda Item 4

Confirming the Madison Common Council meeting formats for the remainder of 2021:

11/09/2021 - Virtual (Budget)

11/10/2021 - Virtual (Budget, if needed)

11/11/2021 - Virtual (Budget, if needed)

11/16/2021 - Virtual

12/07/2021 - Virtual





Common Council: Details

5:30pm, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021


Special Meeting - 2022 Capital & Operating Budget if needed


There will be NO PUBLIC TESTIMONY at this meeting if public hearings were closed at the Tuesday, November 9, 2021 meeting.


Please refer to the 11/9/21 Common Council Agenda for items continued to this budget meeting if recessed to reconvene.



Common Council: Details

5:30pm, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2021


Special Meeting - 2022 Capital & Operating Budget if needed


There will be NO PUBLIC TESTIMONY at this meeting if public hearings were closed at the Tuesday, November 9, 2021 meeting.


Please refer to the 11/9/21 Common Council Agenda for items continued to this budget meeting if recessed to reconvene.


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