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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the City really listening?
  • Yes, however, the Plan needs to work within the framework of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Recommendations need to be prioritized given limited City resources.
Distrust of City government / harm repair
  • South Madison Planning Team is committed to building relationships with the South Madison community to cultivate long lasting partnerships and make this a successful project for the South Madison community.
  • South Madison Planning Team is committed to being transparent about the Plan’s process and what the City can and cannot do.
Gentrification/Displacement
  • Planning process will explore ways South Madison can change to benefit the community (housing, jobs, transportation) while minimizing displacement of people and businesses.
  • Looking at what tools the City has to address gentrification and displacement.
  • State legislation bars municipalities from enacting policies that some other states use to address gentrification and affordability, such as rent control.
What is the decision-making process?
  • Plan recommendations are being drafted with input from the public and will be reviewed with the public prior to the draft plan being finalized.
  • Draft plan will be reviewed by several boards, committees and commissions for recommendations to be forwarded to the Common Council for its consideration when adopting the final plan.
  • Adoption process is open for public input.
How accessible is this planning process to communities of color and low-income families?
  • The majority of materials have been translated in Spanish.
  • Several public engagement events have been held in entirely in Spanish (both online and in-person).
  • The City staff team hired individuals from the community to gather feedback and inform residents, property owners and business owners about the plan.
  • Educational planning materials have been distributed to various organizations and publicly accessible buildings.
What has been done?
How can I get involved/ Stay informed?
  • Attend public meetings of the South Madison Plan to learn more about the process and provide input concerning the issues and topics in the community that concern you most.
  • Attend the Common Council, board, committee, or commissions meetings to provide feedback during approval process (dates to be determined)
  • Subscribe to email list to get updates regarding the South Madison Plan
  • Follow the City of Madison’s Planning social media for announcements
    • Twitter: PlanningMadison
    • Instagram: planningmadison
    • Facebook: City of Madison Planning
  • Meet with a planner by requesting an appointment via email
  • Contact Alder Sheri Carter at district14@cityofmadison.com or 608-698-6027
Community Feedback
  • The South Madison Planning Team heavily relies on community feedback to inform the Plan’s recommendations and strategies.
  • Staff team shares feedback with other City agencies and project teams, and other city entities share community feedback with the South Madison Planning Team.
  • Strive to continue meaningful engagement with those who have not been reached before or are historically left out of such conversations.
COVID-19
  • Paused public portion of the Plan due to COVID-19
  • South Madison Planning Team understands that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted South Madison residents and has considered that in the planning process and plan.
Town of Madison
  • The designated areas of the Town of Madison will become part of the City of Madison on October 31, 2022
  • The Town of Madison transferred Fire, EMS, and Building Inspection services to the City of Madison in November 2020.
For more information about the Town of Madison attachment visit www.cityofmadison.com/townofmadison
Last Updated: 05/13/2021