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Alder Patrick Heck

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Alder Patrick Heck

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Home Address:

123 N. Blount St #303

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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 Heck’s Updates

Week of October 28 Meetings of Possible Interest to District 2

October 27, 2013 10:27 PM

The week of October 28 has items of possible interest to residents of district 2 at the Lamp House Ad Hoc Committee, the Judge Doyle Square Committee, the Common Council, the Board of Public Works, and the Sustainable Madison Transportation Master Plan Oversight Committee.  In addition the Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association will meet about the 800 block development proposal.  The agenda items are open for testimony from the public should you be interested in weighing in.  I also appreciate hearing from you on any items on which you have a particularly interest or concern so please send me an email or give me a call.



Lamp House Ad Hoc Committee
4:30 October 28, 2013
Sidewalk in front of 22 North Butler Street

A tour of the Lamp House will be conducted.  The tour will start on the public sidewalk in front of 22 North Butler Street.  The tour will consist of the Property, and surrounding areas, and will not go into the Lamp House itself.



Judge Doyle Square Committee
5:00 October 28
Rm 260 Madison Municipal Building

This committee is considering proposals for a hotel and meeting room project on E. Wilson Street.  One proposal also includes incorporation of the Madison Municipal Building in the project concept.  Both proposals include a large Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) proposal in their financial plan.


This meeting includes a presentation by City Staff regarding the financing plans for the Judge Doyle Square proposals as well as a presentation by Ald. David Ahrens regarding the need for a second headquarters hotel.




Common Council
6:30 October 29, 2013
Rm 201 City-County Building



Substitute.  Amending Sections 28.032, 28.061, 28.072, 28.082, 28.091 28.151, and 28.211 of the Madison General Ordinances to add Tourist Rooming House to the Zoning Code--agenda item 8.

This item has received a lot of attention.  The goal of the proposed ordinance is to have a balance between 1) the need for predictability in residentially zoned areas and 2) the ability of property owners to both experience people from other parts of the country/world and generate additional income.  We heard that, in some cases, this additional income may be the difference between a person having the financial means to be able to stay in his/her home or not. The number of days which are allowed for rental is seen as a key to maintaining a balance and preventing a home from becoming a de facto hotel. This substitute does not require that a tourist rooming house obtain a conditional use permit.  A conditional use approval requires a hearing in front of the Plan Commission and costs $600. 

In summary, to be a tourist rooming house the following is required under the proposed ordinance:

  1. Must be the operator's primary residence
  2. Must pay room tax (currently required)
  3. Must be licensed by the health department (currently required)
  4. The owner of the property must be the operator unless a lease allows a renter to operate
  5. Cannot operate/rent more than 30 calendar days
  6. The occupancy must comply with the underlying zoning district regulations

In addition, under the Bed and Breakfast ordinance, the 500 foot distance separation required between Bed and Breakfast establishments is proposed to be eliminated. 

The tourist rooming house ordinance would not affect the ability to rent/sublet for 30 days or more.  A rental situation does not fall within the tourist rooming house, B&B or hotel definitions.

Awarding Public Works Contract No. 7185, Well 24 Roof Repair--agenda item 34.

This is likely to be on the consent agenda*.



Board of Public Works
4:30 October 30, 2013
Rm 108 City County Building


Approving temporary construction work with associated noise impacts between the hours of 7:00 PM and 7:00 AM on East Johnson Street from North Butler Street to North Baldwin Street--agenda item 4.


The Public Hearing for this agenda item is scheduled at 5:30 p.m.




Sustainable Madison Transportation Master Plan Oversight

5:00 October 30, 2013

Rm 260 Madison Municipal Building



The Sustainable Madison Transportation Master Plan Oversight Committee will provide guidance and advice to city staff and the Consultant Team undertaking the work to prepare the Transportation Master Plan.


This meeting includes a review and discussion of existing city of Madison land use and transportation goals as well as a review and discussion of the first public vision event.  The Madison Transportation Master Plan could have a significant impact on district 2.




Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association meeting about the 800 block development proposal.
7:00 October 30, 2013
John Wall Pavilion (Tenney Park shelter)

This is a special meeting to provide an opportunity for the 800 Block E. Washington Ave developers, Gebhardt Development, to update us about project status.  This is also an opportunity for neighbors to provide input. As Otto Gebhardt and Tim & Kevin Metcalfe recently announced, Metcalfe's Sentry will not be a part of the project. Gebhardt Development Company is actively working toward securing a different grocer. In addition, the developer is asking to raise the height of the project in certain areas to the Capitol height limit (approximately 3 more stories--from 10 to 13). City staff will also attend the meeting to help answer questions.



*Consent agenda--The consent agenda includes many agenda items that come to a vote without testimony or Council discussion.  Should anyone register and wish to speak, the item would be taken off the consent agenda.



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