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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

Council Office

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

Updates & Week of Aug 23 Meetings of Interest for District 2

August 21, 2021 10:37 PM

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.

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 Rental Assistance Program extended until Oct. 3, depending on COVID-19 community transmission rates. The Tenant Resource Center has a declaration tool you can use to determine whether you are eligible. Urban Triage is currently providing assistance to people in completing applications and will be administering rental assistance funds.

Free hotline to be connected with a "Financial Navigator".

COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard that tracks Madison's long-term community and economic recovery from COVID-19.

For information on Madison's responses visit the City's Coronavirus Website.

From Community Action Coalition: Dane County Food Pantry Network

From the City: Community Resources Section on the city's COVID website, including housing and eviction information

The Governor's Office compilation of all 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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12 N Few Proposal

12 N Few St. Proposed Demolition at Plan Commission on August 23

The redevelopment project proposed for 12 N. Few Street, the current site of the Scooter Therapy building, includes a request for a demolition permit due to their desire to demolish the smaller addition on the N. Few Street side and the back wall of the main building. Plan Commission will be discussing the requested demolition at our Monday, Aug. 23 that starts at 5:30pm.

Plan Commission first considered the demolition application at a May meeting when commissioners asked that the Urban Design Commission provide their final approval before Plan Commission votes on the demolition request. Subsequently, in July the UDC found that the proposal met Urban Design District #8 requirements and guidelines, so the ball is now back in Plan Commission's court.

The proposed redevelopment consists of 8 ground floor commercial spaces with 8 one-bedroom apartments above. UDC expressed some concerns about how the building fits into the neighborhood, its use of garage doors for commercial spaces, the lack of vehicular parking, and the access and circulation for both commercial and residential units, but generally they complimented the aesthetics of the design and found that UDD #8 standards were met. Some neighbors have also remained concerned about the lack of onsite parking, worrying that the nearby street parking spaces are already insufficient for nearby residents and businesses, although the site is zoned Commercial Corridor-Transitional which requires no offstreet parking for new developments.

The demolition permit application, staff reports, public comments, and related matters are posted here. You can find the meeting agenda, including participation details and how to give input in "City Meetings of Interest" below, but if you do have email input for Plan Commissioners, you can send that to As a Plan Commissioner, I will receive that input, but you are always welcome to email me:

St John's Lutheran Church

Recap: St John's Church Redevelopment Proposal Neighborhood Meeting

On August 18 neighbors gathered virtually for a neighborhood meeting to get a first look at early concepts that St. John's Lutheran Church is considering for redeveloping their property at 322 E. Washington. St. John's, working with Urban Land Interests, is planning worship space and other services on the first floor of a new 10-story building with plans to add affordable apartments above and underground parking below. They propose to demolish the current church and its additions.

You can watch a recording of the neighborhood meeting here. As mentioned during the discussion, the proposal is in early stages, particularly with respect to the massing and building design, which are depicted in their presentation as simple massing blocks with no detail. They will be seeking tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and funding from the City's Affordable Housing Fund. The current estimates included a total of 120 to 126 apartments above the church's spaces with approximately 85% of those units being reserved for residents with income that is at or below 60% of Dane County Median Income, including 23% of the units at or below 30% CMI and 35% at or below 50% CMI.

While still early in the process, it appears that the Urban Design Commission will be considering the proposal's compliance with Urban Design District #4 standards and a likely request for two bonus stories above the eight stories allowed (bonus stories can be awarded if certain criteria are met). Plan Commission will be considering various Conditional Uses and various committees and Common Council would consider any awarding of City Affordable Housing Funds.

Neighbors from the James Madison Park District of Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., will now form a steering committee to further evaluate the proposal and provide input to the development team. If you'd like to participate or simply join their email list, please let me know ( and I'll forward your name to the steering committee. Early neighbor comments included concerns about a need for a long-term commitment to affordability for residents, questions about traffic flow and street parking impacts, as well as shadowing of neighboring properties.

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From MPD: Speed Enforcement - E. Johnson Street

MPD reports this proactive traffic being completed via their TEST (Traffic Enforcement Safety Team): On August 18, 2021 officers conducted a pedestrian grant in the 1400 block of E. Johnson St, right in front  of Tenney Park. Initially they focused on outbound cars, however later switch over to inbound traffic. In total they had 30 stops. They observed low speeds in there 40's with the highest speed being 58 mph. Note: this is a 25 mph zone.  Officers that day received a multitude of compliments from motorist and pedestrians in the area. 

Tenney Beach Shelter

New Tenney Park Beach House and Clean Beach Initiative Delayed

I've received word from the Parks Division that the approved new beach house and the swimming area enclosure will be delayed until 2022-2023.

The beach shelter for Tenney Park will be the Madison Parks prototype shelter which has been recently constructed at Lake Edge ParkEsther Beach ParkOlbrich ParkPenn Park and is currently underway at Warner Park. The Tenney Park beach shelter replacement project was approved as part of the City of Madison's adopted Capital Budget and was originally proposed to be constructed beginning in fall of 2021; however the delay in delivery of the clean beach system to Warner Park necessitates holding the project at Tenney Park so that Parks Operations staff can have a full season to implement and maintain the system prior to its implementation at other locations. It is now anticipated that construction of the new shelter will start in the fall of 2022 with the curtain wall and pump system installed and operating for the 2023 summer season.

You can track the Parks Division's work on the project here and City Engineering's project page here.

Zoning for Tiny House Villages, Portable Shelter Missions, and Mission Camps

The Plan Commission will be discussing proposed zoning text amendments related to tiny houses, portable shelter missions, and mission camps at our meeting on Monday. More information about these items, for which I am a sponsor, is listed below in "City Meetings of Interest". As noted below, these amendments would set up the Zoning and some of the regulatory framework for these entities and uses to legally exist yet do not designate any properties as Mission Camps, Tiny Villages, or Portable Shelter Missions. Any such designations wil need to go through various other approval processes.

The Redrawing of the City's Wards and Alder Districts Is Happening Now! 

Redistricting in the City of Madison is the process of redrawing the City's wards and alder districts. These boundaries are adjusted based on population changes that have occurred over the last decade. Through redistricting, the population within each alder district is equalized so residents across the City have equal representation on the Common Council. A similar process will be done at the county level for Supervisory districts and at the state level for Wisconsin's State Assembly districts, State Senate districts and eight U.S. House districts.

The City has formed a Redistricting Committee, comprised of four Alders and three residents, to lead the redistricting process. You can participate by providing information to the committee - details are here.

Metro Bus

Transit Network Redesign - Survey #2!

Your input is essential! Please take this quick 10 minute survey to help Madison Metro better understand the 'type' of transit network they should implement. Take the Survey Now.

Input received from the first phase of the project was used to develop two contrasting network alternatives, the Ridership Alternative and Coverage Alternative. Both alternatives are realistic but neither alternative is a proposal. They are intended to show the extremes of what might be possible in Madison to illustrate the potential network designs resulting from different policy decisions. Your feedback and input on this survey will help guide the development the Draft Network Plan in Fall 2021, and ultimately what 'type' of service will be implemented.

Town of Madison

Save the Date: Sept. 15 First Public Information Meeting for Town of Madison Attachment

The City of Madison would like to invite anyone impacted by the upcoming Town of Madison Attachment process to a virtual public information meeting, 6 p.m., Sept. 15, 2021.

Although much of the Town of Madison is spread throughout various parts of the city's southside, much of the area between Sherman Ave. and Fordem Ave. north of Sherman Terrace Condos is also in the Town and will be attached to the city on Oct. 31, 2022 (see the blue-green area in map above).

At the Sept. 15 meeting the City will share the latest about the attachment process, resources for incoming residents and property owners to stay connected, explain how the City is reaching non-English speaking populations through community navigators. There will also be City staff available to answer questions about the process. This is the first of multiple public information meetings leading up to official attachment on Oct. 31, 2022. Another public information meeting will be held in-person this fall focusing on public safety and emergency services. Details will be announced later.

Learn more on the City's Attachment website.
Register for the Sept. 15, 2021 Public Information Meeting. Registration prior is required.

Town of Madison Resources



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 Racial Justice, Antiracism and Equity: Details
4:30pm, Monday, August 23, 2021


Agenda Item 2
Process for Engaging Black Community Leaders in Participatory City Budgeting Discussions
Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, August 23, 2021
Conditional Use Requests, Demolition Permits, and Related Items
Note: Items 3 and 4 were approved by the Plan Commission at its July 26, 2021 subject to conditions. Following that approval, the applicant determined that they could not meet some of those conditions and requested on July 31, 2021 to re-appear before the Plan Commission to obtain relief from those conditions. In order for this matter to be heard, a new Class 2 notice was published and postcards sent to owners and occupants within 200 feet of the subject site.
Excerpt from the Staff Report:
Following the July 26 Plan Commission decisions, the developer of the project, Steve Doran of Galway Companies, Inc. contacted City staff to express concerns about his ability to meet some of the conditions of approval, most notably conditions from the City Engineering Division and Traffic Engineering Division requiring that the developer construct a 10-foot multi-use path/sidewalk, eight (8)-foot terrace, and one (1)-foot buffer along the E Washington Avenue and N First Street frontages of the 3.45-acre site. The sidewalk and terrace improvements were also a focal point of a July 30 meeting between the project team and City staff to coordinate public improvements for the project. Following the July 30 meeting, the developer formally requested to be placed on an upcoming Plan Commission agenda to seek relief from some of the July 26 conditions of approval.
Agenda Item 3
1858-1890 E Washington Avenue; Urban Design Dist. 8; Ald. Dist. 12: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish a multi-tenant commercial building and an auto repair station; consideration of a conditional use to construct a mixed-use building with greater than 60 dwelling units in the Commercial Corridor-Transitional (CC-T) District; consideration of a conditional use in the CC-T District for a building exceeding five stories and 78 feet in height; and consideration of a conditional use in the CC-T District for outdoor recreation, for the purposes of reconsidering the conditions of approval for a recently approved six-story mixed-use building with approximately 15,000 square feet of commercial space and 290 apartments.
Agenda Item 4
Re-approving a Certified Survey Map of property owned by TDW Hartford, LLC located at 1858-1890 E Washington Avenue; 12th Ald. Dist. with revised conditions.
Agenda Item 5
12 N Few Street; 2nd Ald. Dist.; Urban Design Dist. 8: Consideration of a demolition permit to allow a portion of a street-facing facade to be demolished and for a two-story addition containing eight commercial spaces and eight apartments to be constructed.
Note: See "Details" above for the meeting agenda, options for giving input, and participation instructions. This agenda item is also discussed further in "Other District 2 Updates" above.
Zoning Text Amendments
Agenda Item 20
Creating Sec. 28.101 Mission Camp (MC) District, amending Sec. 28.211 to define Mission Camp, and amending Sec. 28.151 providing supplemental regulations for Mission Camps.
Sponsors: Patrick W. Heck, Grant Foster, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Yannette Figueroa Cole
Note: This agenda item, as well as items 21 and 22 below, have identical sponsors and are meant to enable future creations of regulated Mission Camps, Tiny Villages, and Portable Shelter Missions, respectively. They set up the Zoning and some of the regulatory framework for such entities and uses to legally exist and, as such, do not designate any properties as Mission Camps, Tiny Villages, or Portable Shelter Missions. Any such designations wil need to go through various other approval processes.
Agenda Item 21
Creating Sec. 28.070, Tiny House Village (THV) District, Amending Sec. 28.061, Table 28D-2, to include the THV District and specific uses within that District, Amending Sec. 28.211, Definitions, to create a definition of Tiny House Village and Tiny House, and Amending Sec. 28.151, Supplemental Regulations, to provide regulations for Tiny House Villages.
Agenda Item 22
Amending Section 28.151, Supplemental Regulations, Portable Shelter Mission, to allow a governmental entity to establish a portable shelter mission and to update references to the Wisconsin Administrative Code and Amending Chapter 28, Tables 28C-1, 28D-2, 28E-2, 28F-1, and 28G-1 to allow Portable Shelter Mission as a permitted accessory use in all zoning districts.


- Upcoming Matters
– September 20, 2021
- 341 State Street, 317-321 W Gorham Street and 322 W Johnson Street - UMX and DC to PD(GDP-SIP), Demolition Permit, and Certified Survey Map Referral - Demolish four commercial buildings to construct a ten-story mixed-use building with 386 dwelling units and 23,229 square feet of retail space; create one lot for mixed-use development
Madison Arts Commission: Details
6:00pm, Monday, August 23, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Arts and Culture Economic Recovery Discussion of Resolution 66772 (shown below for complete wording) restricting outdoor music for Streatery Program.
66772 Restricting live outdoor music performances with amplified sound at any Streatery located within 100 feet of a structure containing a residential dwelling unit.
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution restricts live outdoor music performances with amplified sound at any Streatery located within 100 feet of a structure containing a residential dwelling unit. Any enforcement efforts will be absorbed in agency budgets. No appropriation is required.
Common Council Executive Committee: Details
4:30pm, Tuesday, August 24, 2021


Agenda Item 2
Update Item: Housing Encampment
Agenda Item 3
Update Item: Violence Prevention
Agenda Item 4
Update Item: COVID-19
Committee on Aging: Details
2:30pm, Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Agenda Item 5
Active Generation Report- the future of Senior Centers
Transportation Commission: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, August 25, 2021


Agenda Item 4
Quarterly Traffic Safety Report
30 mins
Vending Oversight Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Approval of Vending Oversight Committee's Approval to cancel 2021 Fall Food Cart Review and continue temporary procedures for food cart assignments for the 2022-2023 vending season, as set forth in Resolution File No. 61272.
Agenda Item 3
Streatery review and discussion
Housing Strategy Committee: Details
4:30pm, Thursday, August 26, 2021
Agenda Item 2
Housing Forward metrics

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