• Common Council meets on Tuesday, May 2nd
  • Madison Comprehensive Plan (2018) Interim Update
  • Bartillon Dr Shelter Public Meetings
  • MPD Releases 2023-2028 Strategic Plan
  • Accessible Taxi Grants Program
  • Garlic Mustard Pull at Heritage Conservation Park
  • Events & Announcements

Common Council 

The Common Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 in hybrid format at 6:30 PM. Agenda items include proclaiming May 2023 to be Jewish American Heritage Month and recognizing May 2023 as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month in the City of Madison. Other agenda items include authorizing the use of up to $123,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to implement a neighborhood improvement project identified in the South Madison Neighborhood Plan; and amending Section 33.09(3) of the Madison General Ordinances to combine the City-County Homeless Issues Committee, Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee.

I-39/90/94 WisDOT Design Alternatives Project

We're waiting for a few last-minute details before the neighborhood meeting plans are final. Watch for another post later this week with details! If you can't make it to the meeting, no worries. I will continue to share information with you in these blog posts. 

Comprehensive Plan Interim Update 

The City of Madison Comprehensive Plan (adopted 2018) is a broad-based plan that creates a vision for a future Madison. It guides decision-making and investment. It guides private development through the Generalized Future Land Use map and Growth Priority Areas map. The City intends to undertake a full update to all sections of the City’s Comprehensive Plan every 10 years, with a focused, interim update at the five-year mark. In 2023, the City will undertake an interim update to the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. A similar process was completed during 2011- 2012, five years after the 2006 Comprehensive Plan was adopted.

During the 4/27 Plan Commission meeting (my first committee meeting!) we discussed this year’s proposed process for considering City staff’s suggested changes for the five-year interim update such as updates to reflect more recent neighborhood plans and the 2022 Intergovernmental Agreement with the Town of Cottage Grove. We also discussed the schedule and various methods and forums for getting public input on potential changes. More details are available in this Planning Division memo. Common Council will soon authorize this interim update process, finalizing some of these details. Watch for more updates on proposed changes and public engagement opportunities in my future blog posts!

City’s First Purpose-Built Shelter Engagement Process Kicks Off 

The City of Madison invites the community to get involved in the public engagement process for the City’s first, purpose-built shelter at 1904 Bartillon Dr. The shelter will serve primarily men experiencing homelessness. The City will host three public information meetings: May 9th at 5:30pm (virtual), May 11th 5:30pm at East Madison Community Center, and May 17th 5:30pm at Hawthorne Library.

MPD Releases 2023-2028 Strategic Plan  

(excerpt from the Plan) “The last three years have been difficult for all sectors of society and particularly taxing on relationships between the community and police. There has been much public discussion on the current and future state of policing, locally, nationally, and internationally. With this 5-year strategic plan, we hope to create a fresh understanding of the symbiotic nature of police and community relationships. Simply put, the police need the community, and the community needs the police.” […] “The planning process was critical to arriving at the four strategic goals (1) Madison-Centric Policing, (2) Public Communication, (3) Youth Engagement, and (4) Workplace Culture and associated priorities included in this plan.”

The Plan goes on to describe priorities, actions, and expected outcomes for each of those four strategic goals. The Mayor appointed me to the Public Safety Review Committee which next meets on Wednesday, May 10. During my time serving on this committee and serving District 3 on public safety issues and policy I look forward to learning more about the priorities and actions laid out in the Plan. I am especially interested in learning how progress toward those expected outcomes will be measured and how we can make sure we’re using available data and quantitative evidence to explain progress and challenges to the community.

Accessible Taxi Grants Will Help Fill Transit Gaps  

People who use wheelchairs face barriers to daily living activities, social outings, and fully participating in what the City has to offer, because of inadequate accessible transportation options. The new accessible taxi grant program is the product of much work by our own former Alder Erik Paulson, along with Alder Charles Myadze, the Transportation Commission, the Disability Rights Commission, and many dedicated City staff.

Garlic Mustard Pull at Heritage Sanctuary Conservation Park  

Saturday May 20th from. 9am-noon. Garlic mustard is an aggressive invasive species threatening woodlands and native plants including the outstanding trillium displays each spring in Madison’s Heritage Sanctuary Conservation Park. Please consider assisting with a garlic mustard pull on Saturday May 20th from 9 a.m. to noon. A Madison Parks staff person will lead this off-trail project.  Volunteers should bring a dandelion weeder, if possible, and wear garden gloves. Meet by the sanctuary sign at the south entrance (625 Meadowlark Drive) at 8:50 a.m. Please email Beth at elsbethrich@gmail.com if you plan to volunteer.

Events & Announcements  

  • East Side Farmers' Market, Tuesday, May 2, 2023: The Eastside Farmers' Market is Madison Wisconsin’s finest weekday farmers' market. Our goal is to bring the freshest Wisconsin grown food direct to the heart of the East side. Our vendor members are agricultural producers and food artisans who make value added products from Wisconsin's agricultural bounty.