1 - Planning Process

Why Plan?

A community based planning process enables your neighborhood to:

  • Develop the broad, inclusive vision, goals, and outcomes you want to achieve
  • Support community stakeholders in achieving your community's vision, goals, and outcomes
  • Promote the use of timely, relevant, and reliable data and other information to assess your community's strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities   Data – link to data page
  • Develop an action plan that is aligned with your community's vision to ensure implementation of effective strategies, recommendations, and projects
  • Forge crucial relationships with neighbors, partners, and the City with a shared purpose of working together for the health and well-being of residents and the neighborhood.

Planning Study Boundaries

The planning study area is roughly bounded by Commercial Avenue/Highway 30 on the north, Starkweather Creek East Branch on the east, E Washington Avenue and Anzinger Court (both sides of street) on the west, and Union Pacific Railroad on the south.  The planning study area does not include Garver or Union Corner redevelopment areas.  However, the planning process will take into account potential impacts to adjacent neighborhoods of Eastmorland, Eken Park, Hawthorne, and Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara.   

The major organizations residing in the planning area include:

Neighborhood Groups

Union Triangle

Worthington Park Neighborhood Association

Women of Worthington

Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborhood Association

Community Organizations

Goodman Community Center

Joining for Families

Mentoring Positives, Inc.

Salvation Army –Darbo Community Center


Darbo Neighborhood Resource Team

Town of Blooming Grove

Scope, Content, and Timeline

Planning Process

The purpose of the Darbo-Worthington-Starkweather (DWS) Plan is to 1) update the 2000 Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Worthington Park Neighborhood Plan; 2) conduct a Health Impact Asssessment (HIA) as part of the planning process for better understanding of the short-and long-term health impacts; and 3) build relationships between residents, community members, and staff from City of Madison, Town of Blooming Grove, and other stakeholders.  The timeline for the planning process is 6-8 months, the outcome of which is a 10-year strategic plan and implementation strategy. 

Process Graphic

Neighborhood Plan Content

  • Vision Statement - a description of a realistic and credible desired future for the planning study area.
  • Land Use Plan - a description and proposed map of the different land use areas or districts for the planning study area.
  • Plan Strategies and Recommendations - specific recommendations to improve the neighborhood, with consideration of community facilities, economic development, historic & cultural resources, housing, intergovernmental cooperation, land use, natural & agricultural resources, parks and open space, transportation, and utilities.
  • Health Impact Assessment (HIA) – thorough assessment of plan recommendations through a health lens to ensure a better understanding of short- and long-term impacts to residents' health and livability.
  • Action Plan - a description of the specific actions to be taken. The action plan identifies who, how much, and likely timeframe for completion.

Public Involvement


Status Report – 2000 Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborhood Plan

To be posted soon

Adoption and Plan Implementation

Step 1 – Plan Adoption by the Madison Common Council
The DWS Neighborhood Plan will be introduced to the Common Council for adoption as a supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan. During the adoption process, City Boards, Committees and Commissions will review the plan recommendations.

Step 2 - Inclusion of Projects in City of Madison Operating and Capital Budgets
The DWS Neighborhood Plan and Implementation Strategy will be used to address and implement the prioritized plan recommendations. Plan implementation of neighborhood projects and programs is contingent upon available resources. Policy makers are responsible for the allocation of resources for the entire City and thus funding for the plan recommendations will be weighed against other worthy projects citywide. Securing funding from outside sources, leveraging funding with other available funding, or dovetailing proposed new projects with planned projects will help in implementing the desired activities and projects.

Step 3 - Monitoring of Plan Recommendations
The City of Madison Planning Division will submit annual status reports to the Common Council on plan recommendation implementation. It will be important for the neighborhood to strategically campaign for plan implementation. Governmental officials, City departments, and non-profit organizations must be strategically approached during their annual budget cycles for possible implementation of neighborhood plan recommendations.

Last Updated: 12/12/2016