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Northeast Area Plan

Northeast Area Plan/Wisconsin DOT joint event

December 18th 6:00pm: Madison College Truax Campus Gateway Atrium (Wright Street)
Virtual option:  December 19th at Noon (register here)

Join City of Madison Planning Division and Wisconsin DOT staff to learn about changes that could be on the horizon in Northeast Madison.  The City of Madison Planning Division is currently working on the Northeast Area Plan, which will guide growth and change in the coming years. City staff will present and discuss the recommendation framework, the precursor to the draft plan which will be considered for approval in early 2024, as well as polling results for the $400,000 community action plan expenditures.  Wisconsin DOT staff will share information on the Hwy 51 changes being considered.  These include several major intersection redesigns including East Washington Ave., Lexington/Commercial Ave. and Anderson St.  Enjoy great food and provide feedback on projects that could have a major impact on the area in the coming years.

Questions? Contact Dan McAuliffe or 261-9676

Dec. 18 meeting flyer


Project Schedule:

Project Schedule



The Northeast Area Plan kicked off in January 2023 and will address land use, transportation, housing, parks and open space, stormwater management, economic development, historic and cultural resources, and facilities and utilities. Equitable and inclusive public participation will be key to the success of the process to help ensure that it is accessible to a broad audience, including people who are traditionally underrepresented.

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Northeast Area Plan

Planning Framework

The Northeast Area Plan will be one of the first planning processes following the City’s new Planning Framework.  Approved by the Common Council on August 2, 2022, the Planning Framework is a shift in how Madison approaches planning for areas of the city. The new framework will simplify and standardize the City’s sub-area planning and it is intended to achieve more equitable outcomes by covering the entire city with 12 discrete Area Plan geographies.

Area plans will:

  • Be updated every 10 years to ensure recommendations are timely and relevant.
  • Address a consistent set of topics and include higher-level recommendations for land use, transportation, parks and open space, community facilities, and utilities
  • Include public outreach and engagement during each phase of the planning process with special emphasis on reaching residents and communities typically underrepresented in City processes.
  • Ensure all areas of the City and its peripheral growth areas have plans, and eliminate confusion created from overlapping plan geographies with different recommendations
  • Facilitate enhanced coordination between City initiatives and divisions
Last Updated: 12/04/2023

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Upcoming Events

Northeast Area Plan/Wisconsin DOT joint events

December 18th 6:00pm: Madison College Truax Campus Gateway Atrium (Wright Street)
Virtual option:  December 19th at Noon (register here)

Questions? Contact Dan McAuliffe or 261-9676


Past Meetings

US 51 (Stoughton Road) Public Involvement Meeting
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
WisDOT survey

Burke Heights Neighborhood Walk
September 27, 2023

Northeast Area Connect
August 15th, 2023 - Reindahl Park
August 16th, 2023 - Sycamore Park


Sandburg Neighborhood Walk
July 12, 2023

Community Meetings - May 30 and 31, 2023
Meeting Materials


Northeast Area Open House - March 23, 2023
Multi-agency presentation
Project contacts and links
Comment and feedback summary


Community Meetings - January 31, 2023
Evening meeting recording (hybrid)
Noon meeting recording (virtual)


Dan McAuliffe

Angela Puerta