South Madison Plan

In consultation with Public Health Madison and Dane County, the Mayor has closed most City of Madison offices to public visitors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Planning employees are continuing to support critical public services remotely and are responding to emails and voicemails.  The South Madison Planning Team will not be holding community open houses or other public engagement activities at this time. We know that face-to-face dialog is a valuable component of any public process, but while current circumstances are keeping residents at home, we encourage those who can to take advantage of online options to familiarize yourself with what has been done to-date and to share your input on priority issues with us.  Stay well and we hope to resume this community-based planning process in Summer 2020.  Be sure to subscribe (insert your email in the text box in the right column) to receive plan updates so we can keep you informed of when we resume community meetings.
Project - What is it all about?
In fall 2019, the City of Madison will begin working on an update to a portion of the 2005 South Madison Neighborhood Plan. This is a 10-15 year look into how we shape the future – we'll work on issues that are relevant to the community, determine how best to achieve them, and figure out how to move forward.
What's different from the 2005 South Madison Plan?
This is a big one – the city will be welcoming the Town of Madison into its municipal boundaries on October 31, 2022. That breaks down to 2500 persons and 6000 parcels.  This plan will work with the Town of Madison government and its residents, businesses, and property-owners to plan for its integration into the City.  
What else is interesting about this project?
  • An inventory and transition plan for the Town of Madison
  • A market study to help to determine viable businesses
  • A brownfield assessment and grants for assessment, site investigation, and remedial action planning
  • Concepts for The Village on Park (aka The Villager Mall)
If I get involved, what could happen?
Your involvement will shape what happens in the future. It might take some time to put the pieces together but your investment in the community does matter. Community voices from the last neighborhood plan paved the way for:
  • The acquisition of The Villager Mall and subsequent upgrade to the commercial space and the construction of Access, South Madison Library, and Urban League.
  • Making Lincoln Elementary safer by relocating the bus boarding off of Cypress Way to the parking lot, and installing pedestrian islands and sidewalks on Cypress Way.
  • Installation of the first splash park in Madison that provided easy access to a recreational water activity within a residential, walkable neighborhood.
  • The construction of Burr Oaks Senior Housing provided affordable, close to bus routes, and easy access to shopping and services for low income seniors that resulted from the sale of and financial assistance from the City/CDA.
  • A safer way to move through the south side occurred with new signalized intersections at Buick Street, Hughes Place, and Wingra Drive (at Fish Hatchery), new sidewalks leading to Goodman swimming pool, and a safer pedestrian access under the viaduct near Quann Garden.
  • Stabilizing the single family areas in Bram's Addition, Burr Oaks, and Capital View neighborhoods by coordinating a massive downzoning of residential areas to retain single family use.





Last Updated: 04/08/2020

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South Madison Update

January / February 2020 - English

November / December 2019 - English / Spanish / Hmong

October 2019 - English / Spanish / Hmong


Past Meetings

Community Impact Session 3

November 21, 6:00 - 7:45 pm

The Villager Mall (Atrium) - 2300 S Park St


Feedback Summary and Notes


Community Impact Session 2

October 24, 6:00 - 7:45 pm

Urban League of Greater Madison - 2222 S Park St


Meeting Presentation

Meeting Boards


Community Impact Session 1

September 19,  6:00 - 7:45 pm

Catholic Multicultural Center - 1862 Beld St

Meeting Materials

Meeting Summary

Background Boards

Project Contacts

Jule Stroick



Jeff Greger



Angela Puerta - para Espanol