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Alder Brian Benford

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Alder Brian Benford

Contact Information

Home Address:

2273 E. Washington Ave #1
Madison , WI 53704

Council Office

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 Benford’s Updates

D6 Items of Interest Week of August 26 2019

August 25, 2019 11:25 PM

Highlights:  Hold the date for a neighborhood meeting 7p September 19 at Marquette School about Dr. Mike Kohn's proposal for a mixed use building at 210 S Dickinson with commercial space and interior parking on the ground floor with 20 residential units total. After a preliminary meeting with me and several nearby neighbors, the developer proposes a building height of three stories. I will send out more information soon.

I am interested in your comments about the siting of F-35A fighter planes at Truax to help me represent your views in my comments to the Air National Guard about the draft Environmental Impact Statement. There will be an Open House at the Alliant Energy Center hosted by the National Guard Bureau on September 12th at 5p (the presentation begins at 6:30p).  I encourage you to attend the meeting and share your concerns there. In previous posts I provided more links.

Starting Sunday, August 25, Metro Transit will implement a number of route and schedule updates including new service to Sun Prairie. Trip times and interlined buses have also been adjusted on several other routes. Passengers are encouraged to check departure times and the "From Route" and "To Route" columns in Metro's updated schedules. Updated Ride Guides and System Maps are now available on buses. Shelter and bus stop schedule displays are currently being updated.Visit for a complete list of updated routes

City Engineering launches bimonthly podcast. "Everyday Engineering" is a 15-20 minute audio clip where the Engineering Division's Public Information Officer Hannah Mohelnitzky hosts engineers to talk about infrastructure topics that impact the community every day. The first episode is about the historic flooding Madison experienced, Mohelnitzky hosted engineers Jojo O'Brien and Phil Gaebler. Check out the Engineering Division's new Facebook page, another resource for residents to learn about what Engineering does and also a spot to ask questions in an open collaborative space. If you have a question or topic you'd like covered on "Everyday Engineering" email Hannah Mohelnitzky at

The Madison Municipal Building Restoration Project has achieved LEED© Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Association. This is the City's third LEED© Platinum project overall, and second City project to achieve LEED© Platinum status in 2019.  Platinum is the highest level of LEED© certification and exceeds the 2008 City of Madison Common Council resolution requiring LEED© Silver minimum for major renovations of City buildings. The Madison Municipal Building has earned a number of awards for the restoration project including: 2019 Madison Trust for Historic Preservation Restoration AwardDaily Reporter's Top Projects of 2018State and National Project of the Year award from the American Public Works Association (APWA) and 2019 APWA-Wisconsin Chapter Project of the Year Award.

In the winter of 2014, after much debate, including considerations to sell the Madison Municipal Building to a private developer, the City of Madison Common Council affirmed through resolution that "keeping the Madison Municipal Building MMB in civic use will help achieve the City's desire to maintain a nexus of City offices together in the CBD [central business district] and continue the historic use of the building as an important civic building."  After four years of significant efforts by the City of Madison, city staff, community stakeholder groups, architects, engineers, contractors and many others the MMB reopened its doors to a completely renovated, reestablished, and redefined structure and facility. The Engineering Division's Facilities Management Section worked with MSR Design  for the design of the project, and JP Cullen  on the construction of the project.

Monday August 26, 2019


12p room 103A CCB


57130 Review Final Report and Recommendations Feedback from City Committees, Commissions, and Boards


Monday August 26


4:30p room 407 MMB


2. Carbon Disclosure Project PRESENTATION


3. 56838 Adopting the Mifflandia Neighborhood Plan as a supplement to the Comprehensive Plan and the Downtown Plan and directing staff to implement the recommendations contained in the plan.


4. 53439 Integrated Pest Management Policy Review Task Force Meeting Materials


Monday August 26

Finance Committee

4:30p room 215 MMB


57054 Block 88 Development Agreement Negotiation Status Report 

Noticed to go into closed session


Monday August 26


5p room GR 27 CCB (enter 211 S Carroll St)


57076 Discuss and Finalize 2020 Neighborhood Center and School-age Child and Youth Program Recommendations


Monday August 26

EOC Executive Committee

5p room 523 CCB


6. Discussion: Discuss Fair Housing Council article addressing changes that HUD is attempting to make in regards to discrimination complaints


Monday August 26

Landmarks Commission

5p room 157 MMB


3.57081 1202 Williamson St - Exterior Alteration in the Third Lake Ridge Hist. Dist. - Installation of lockers; 6th Ald. Dist.

The applicant is requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a bank of 5 lockers on the north (rear) side of the building. The lockers would be sited on a new concrete pad, measuring 2' x 7', and topped by a shed awning. The awning would feature wood framing and clad in contemporary standing seam metal roofing.


4. 56838 Adopting the Mifflandia Neighborhood Plan as a supplement to the Comprehensive Plan and the Downtown Plan and directing staff to implement the recommendations contained in the plan.


5. 54301 Secretary's Report - 2019 -History of Metal Roofing

Buried in this legistar item is a helpful brochure on historic windows


6. 54302 Buildings Proposed for Demolition - 2019 -630 E Washington Avenue

Requesting the demolition of the existing Salvation Army homeless shelter. The current facility was originally a small catholic school building. The building is poor physical condition and does not meet the current homeless shelter needs. We proposing to raze the building and build a new purpose built homeless shelter on the same location.


Monday August 26

Plan Commission

5:30p room 201 CCB


4. 56792 556 Chatham Terrace; 11th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish a single-family residence and construct a new single-family residence.


Staff report: The applicant requests Plan Commission approval for a demolition permit. The applicant proposes to demolish an existing single-family residence at 556 Chatham Terrace and replace it with a new single-family residence. The existing house is a one-story, 1,013-square-foot, single-family Lustron home with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, originally built in 1949. Typical of Lustron homes, the small two-bedroom home is built as a slab on grade with a metal exterior. The applicant indicated the inefficiencies of the structure, especially in regards to the lack of insulation in the winter. The Lustron home on the property is a unique example of affordable post World War II housing. According to the City's Preservation Planner, the property is located within a National Register Historic District, however this is an honorary designation and does not come with protections. ...


However, staff notes that the Midvale Heights/Westmorland Joint Neighborhood Plan (2009) goes into depth about the historical and cultural significance of Lustron homes in the neighborhood. This property is specially called out and is listed as a potential stop on a walking tour of the Westmorland Neighborhood. Furthermore, at their August 27, 2018 meeting, the Landmarks Commission voted to recommend to the Plan Commission that the building at 556 Chatham Terrace has historic value based on architectural significance, cultural significance, historic significance, as the work/product of an architect of note, its status as a contributing structure in a National Register Historic District, and/or as an intact or rare example of a certain architectural style or method of construction. In making their motion, the Landmarks Commission anticipated that parts of the home will be sold to other Lustron home owners that need replacement parts.


Due to the historical and cultural significance given to the residence by both the Landmarks Commission and Midvale Heights/Westmorland Joint Neighborhood Plan (2009), the Planning Division recommends the following condition of approval as part of the reuse and recycling plan requirement for the demolition: The applicant shall market the single-family residence and/or parts at 556 Chatham Terrace for relocation offsite for a period of not less than 60 calendar days starting on a date to be agreed upon by the applicant and Planning Division. Demolition of the residence shall not be allowed within this 60-day period. Marketing of the house should include sharing its availability for relocation with local preservation organizations. If relocated to another property in the City of Madison, the proposed receiving site shall be appropriately zoned for the residence, and a site plan shall be approved by the Zoning Administrator prior to permits for the relocation being issued by the Building Inspection Division. On balance, staff believes that the demolition standards can be met with this proposal, so long as an effort is made to sell parts of the Lustron home or relocate the residence entirely. In terms of the proposed residence, staff believes that the new home fits within the context of the neighborhood and generally conforms to adopted plans


10. 56981 2nd SUBSTITUTE Amending Sections 28.097(2) and (3) of the Madison General Ordinances to require conditional use approval in the Campus-Institutional District for the establishment, improvement, or modification exceeding 4,000 square feet in area on a zoning lot of any primary use and to require conditional use approval for the establishment, improvement, or modification of identified secondary uses.


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  As currently written, on any parcel zoned in the Campus-Institutional (CI) District without a campus master plan, primary and secondary uses are allowed subject to conditional use requirements only upon the construction of a building that creates greater than 4,000 square feet of floor area, which the Zoning Code defines as "area under the roof of a building."  Primary and secondary uses that do not require the construction of a building are, thus, permitted without conditional use review.  Secondary uses in the CI District that may not require the construction of a building (including outdoor sports and recreational facilities, surface parking, utilities and transportation facilities, other uses related to the institution's primary mission, open stadiums, auditoriums and arenas, and agricultural uses) often require conditional use review in other city zoning districts, including residential and mixed-use and commercial districts, regardless of whether they involve the construction of a building.  The purpose of this ordinance is therefore to treat the secondary uses in a CI District similarly to the same or similar uses in other zoning districts.  This ordinance also recognizes that at least three of the previously classified secondary uses (Places of Worship, Agricultural, and Veterinary Clinic) could be considered a primary use in the CI District.  It therefore reclassifies those uses as primary uses.  Finally, this ordinance clarifies that uses in a CI District must be utilized in a manner that is directly related and complementary to an institution's primary purposes.


This second substitute ordinance changes language in sub. (3) from a requirement that secondary uses in a CI District be utilized in a manner that is directly related and complementary to an institution's primary uses to a requirement that secondary uses be utilized predominantly in a manner that is complementary to the institution's primary uses.


Proposed by Alder Tag Evers, this zoning text amendment will require a conditional use process for outdoor open stadiums, among other things.


14. 56839 Repealing Section 28.022 - 00117 of the Madison General Ordinances adopting the Campus Master Plan for Edgewood College, Edgewood High School and Edgewood Campus School.


Note: Item 14 has generated a significant number of public comments related to the request. Due to the volume of comments, copies of those comments have not been provided to the Plan Commission with their printed materials for this meeting. However, all of the comments received may be found under the "Public Comments" attachment in the legislative file (ID 56839). The Plan Commission is encouraged to review those comments in advance of the meeting.


There are 238 pages of public comments. Between item #10 which is related and this item, the Plan Commission meeting could be an all-nighter...


- Upcoming Matters – October 14, 2019


2340 Winnebago Street & 2305-2311 E Washington Avenue - Demolition Permit and TR-V1 and PD to Amended PD (GDP-SIP) - Demolish commercial building and two single-family residences to construct four-story mixed-use building with 20,500 sq. ft. daycare center and 38 apartments


630 E Washington Avenue - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Demolish mission house building and auto sales facility to construct five-story building with a mission house, rooming house, counseling services, health services and place of worship, and a separate three-story, 40-unit apartment building


Tuesday August 27


4p room 206 MMB


6. 55106 Discussion: Review of Draft Ordinance Language & Suggested Changes to APM

7. 57140 Discussion: Final Work Group Report Draft


Tuesday August 27

Water Utility Board

4:30p 119 E Olin Ave conference room A & B


2.57180 Review of Madison Water Utility's Communication, Outreach, and Community Advisory Process


I asked for this to be on the agenda at last month's Board meeting. The Greater Sandburg neighborhood submitted a letter and asked the Board to convene a Community Resident Advisory Panel to guide decision-making and mitigation efforts at Well 15 and take a comprehensive approach to safe water for the east side.


5. 54488 Update regarding poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) Will include a discussion of Well 15 and an update on the PFAS Task Force resolution.


7. 57177 Financial Planning/ Budget Report (Operating Budget)


Wednesday  August 28


5p The Villager Atrium 2300 South Park Street


Open House THE TASK FORCE WILL RECEIVE INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC, AND EXPLAIN PROGRESS BY THE TASK FORCE ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS: 1. Boards, Commissions and Committees 2. Common Council 3. Mayor's Office 4. Resident Engagement and Representation


Wednesday August 28


5p room 153 MMB


2.56478 Creating Sections 9.13(1)(c) and 9.13(13) and amending Section 9.13(4) of the Madison General Ordinances to create a process for full-sized Food Trucks to participate in street vending, adding a subsection for definitions, and amending existing provisions to allow for Food Trucks.


DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  This ordinance creates a process for "full-sized" Food Trucks to participate in street vending in the City.  Currently, all street vending, including food, is limited to equipment that can fit into a 10' x 12' perimeter, and food carts are limited to a maximum size of 56 square feet.  This ordinance creates exceptions to these size limits for a Food Truck, and creates rules for the operation of Food Trucks around the City.  A Food Truck can be a truck or a trailer with a maximum size of 8'6" wide, 13'6" high, and 28' long.  Food Trucks can operate with a "Basic" street vending license and the appropriate health department licensing for food and beverage service.  The vehicle must be properly registered with the DMV and parked in a legal parking spot with business oriented away from the street.  Food Trucks will not be permitted to vend in the specialized vending areas (State Street Mall/Capitol Concourse, Camp Randall, Southeast Campus, TOSVOD, etc.) because these areas have limited space for vending equipment and vendors in these areas have competed for site assignments and purchased specialized licenses from the City.


Licensed Food Trucks will be allowed to operate anywhere in the City outside the specialized areas, and may operate on private property consistent with the zoning ordinance.  The existing rule that prohibits vending in residential areas between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. will apply.  This ordinance amends the rules that apply to all vendors, city-wide, in Sec. 9.13(4) to make clear which of those rules will apply to Food Trucks, and makes other housekeeping edits to that section.


This ordinance creates definitions to clarify vending equipment terminology.  A Food Cart is the 56 square foot maximum trailer that is most often used in the Mall/Concourse Vending Area.  A push cart is a small food vending apparatus used for Late Night Vending and in the Southeast Campus area.  A Food Truck is a truck or trailer that exceeds the maximum size for a Food Cart and operates outside the specialized areas. These definitions are already in use, but not codified.  This ordinance also defines the specialized vending areas, vending site, assigned site, and other terms to provide more clarity.


Thursday August 29


5:30p room 206 MMB


1. 56918 Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance - Standards for Maintenance - Standards for Repairs - Standards for Alterations - Standards for Additions - Standards for New Structures


2. 57170 Discussion of Madison Alliance for Historic Preservation's "Proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance"


Thursday August 29


5:30p room 153 MMB


23214 Discussion and editing of recommendation rationales


Thursday August 29

Open House East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor

6 - 7:30p Madison Senior Center (330 West Mifflin St.)


Join us for a presentation and open house on Thursday, August 29 from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Madison Senior Center (330 West Mifflin St.) to learn more about draft recommended route and stop locations for the proposed East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor. Additional analysis of cost, ridership, and design will also be shared.

Visit for more information. #MadisonBRT

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