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In consultation with Public Health of Madison and Dane County, the Madison Municipal Building will be reopened to the public on July 6, 2021. Many Planning Division employees will continue to work remotely part-time, continuing to provide customer service in virtual meetings, and will be available for in-person meetings by appointment only. For general Planning assistance, or to find out the best contact for making an appointment, please call (608) 266-4635.

Please view all impacts to City services on the City’s COVID-19 website.

 
The City of Madison's adopted plans can be found using the interactive map or links below. 
 

Citywide Plans

Citywide Plans

Comprehensive Plan (2018)
The Comprehensive Plan establishes the long-term growth framework for the City, with broad policy recommendations and urban development strategies. 
Transportation
Transportation plans, including Madison in Motion and the Bus Rapid Transit study, can be found at the Department of Transportation
 
Historic Preservation Plan (2020)
The Madison Historic Preservation Plan is developed to celebrate and preserve the places that represent Madison’s collective histories. It provides guidance for development proposals, capital improvements, and implementation to ensure preservation is integrated into both long-range planning and current development projects. The plan recommends strategies and tools to 1) more effectively lead and integrate historic preservation into public policy, 2) utilize existing land use, zoning, and development standards to support preservation, 3) explore educational and promotion partnerships, 4) capitalize on economic development and financial incentives, 5) highlight sustainable building practices, and 6) encourage heritage tourism.
 

Neighborhood Plans

Neighborhood Plans

Neighborhood plans serve as a guide for actions and changes that will strengthen Madison's established neighborhoods and how best to accommodate anticipated growth. Plan topics include land use, zoning, mobility, housing, community services, economic development, historic preservation, urban design, open space, health, safety, and infrastructure.
 

Special Area Plans

Special Area Plans

Special area plans focus on specific areas likely to see growth or change in the near future or have a unique functional use like downtown, a transit station area, the airport, and other employment or activity centers.

* Campus plans are not created by the City of Madison and are provided for reference.  The City approves these as part of the Campus Institutional (CI) zoning districts applicable to campus areas.

 

Neighborhood Development Plans

Neighborhood Development Plans

Neighborhood development plans provide a framework for the growth and development of the City's peripheral urban expansion areas where development is expected to occur in the foreseeable future. 

 

Intergovernmental Agreements

Peripheral growth is often occurs in the context of an intergovernmental agreement with neighboring communities. Adopted intergovernmental agreements can be found below. Click here to view the interactive Intergovernmental Agreements map.
 

Intergovernmental Boundary Agreements

click on the image above for a full size version of the Intergovernmental Boundary Agreements map

 

Studies and Reports

Last Updated: 07/21/2021