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Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan

Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Review and Approval Process

The Draft Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan is ready for final review and approval by City Boards, Committees and Commissions (BCCs)! Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning process over the past year. A special thank you to the Community Partners Group, residents and other community members. We appreciate the time you spent with us, sharing what you love about this area, your ideas for community improvements, and your feedback on the draft plan.

City review begins with introduction of the draft plan by resolution at the February 28 Common Council meeting. The Council will not discuss the plan, but will refer it to other BCCS including those shown below. They will review, discuss and a make a recommendation to the Plan Commission regarding plan approval. This is a tentative schedule. We will post any changes to the project webpage. Click on the links below for details about each meeting. Some information may not be published until closer to the meeting dates.

Tentative Board, Committee and Commission Review and Approval Schedule

The Common Council will review the recommendations of the Plan Commission and other BCCs and make a determination about adopting the plan as a supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan. 


The Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan draft is now available.  Watch the prestentation from the January 24th meeting.

If you have questions or comments, contact Dan McAuliffe or Linda Horvath.


Welcome to the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan

The City of Madison invites you to join us as we create the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan! We’ll work with residents, community organizations, neighborhood associations, businesses and others to chart course of action for 10-15 years of land use, transportation, parks and open space and other elements of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

The plan will update the 2001 neighborhood plan and explore new opportunities like Bus Rapid Transit, Wisconsin DOT's upcoming redesign of Stoughton Road and recommendations in the nearby Greater East Towne Area Plan.

We’ll also cover many other issues that matter to the community. Think about what you would like to see. How about public art, community events and activities, or jobs skills education and training. Not everything will be possible through this plan, but let’s start dreaming of what could be, and figure out how to make it happen!

How can I participate?

  • Phase 2 (initial concepts and recommendations) virtual meetings were held on August 23rd and 24th.  
  • Join us for:
    • Community Gathering and Neighborhood Plan Dialogue August 25, 4-7 p.m., Hawthorne Elementary Open Space, Lexington/Christianson Ave. There will be a rain date of September 1, if weather conditions are unfavorable.
    • Splish Splash Concept Review August 27, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reindahl Park Splash Pad, 1818 Portage Rd.
    • Food Pantry Feedback, East Madison Community Center, 7 Straubel Ct. August 30 and September 6, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Madison College, Wright St., September 6 and 7, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Also use the links on the right side of this webpage to:

Timeline and Public Participation

The Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan process is expected to take approximately one year, with three phases of public input and engagement.

  • Phase 1:  Issues and Opportunities
    January - April 2022
  • Phase 2:  Initial Concepts and Recommendation Framework
    April - September 2022
  • Phase 3:  Draft Document Review and Approval
    September 2022 - Early 2023

Plan Area



Last Updated: 02/23/2023

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Project Resources

Interactive Commenting Map

Tell us what you love about the neighborhood, your ideas for improvement and areas that need attention using the interactive commenting map.  You can ask questions and check out other peoples' responces as well.

Meetings and Events

Request a Presentation

Got a group interested in learning more about the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan?  Contact project staff to request a presentation.