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South Madison Plan

Final Approved Plan

The South Madison Plan was approved by the Common Council on January 4, 2022.  The final document is available here.

Copies of the plan can be delivered by contacting Angela Puerta.

Plan Review and Approval Process

The South Madison Plan was adopted on January 4, 2022, at the Common Council meeting. A final plan document will be posted soon.

The South Madison Plan was introduced at the November 2 Common Council meeting and is now beginning the official review and approval process.  Introduction is the process where the Common Council determines which boards, commissions and committees will review and provide advisory recommendations on the draft plan before it returns to Council for final action.  The anticipated approval schedule is below, however dates are subject to change.  Meeting participation information can be found on each of the meeting's page, and participants may register for public comment once agendas have been posted.

Community Development Authority Board: November 11 @ 4:30 pm

Transportation Policy and Planning Board: November 15 @ 5:00 pm

Economic Development Committee: November 17 @ 5:00 pm

Urban Design Commission: November 17 @ 4:30 pm

Housing Strategy Committee: November 18 @ 4:30 pm

Community Development Block Grant Committee: December 2 @ 5:30 pm

Board of Park Commissioners: December 8 @ 6:30 pm

Plan Commission: December 13 @ 5:30 pm

Common Council: January 4th @ 6:30 pm

The draft South Madison Plan is available for public review. Click here to view the final draft document.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to view frequently asked questions about the South Madison Plan.
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: 01/26/2022

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September 29, 2021, Noon Meeting Recording

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Zoom meeting 1
Thursday Sept 9 from noon - 1pm

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Charla en Español con Wisconsin Latino Chamber of Commerce

Date: Monday, April 19th - 4:00pm 

Facebook Live link


Draft Strategies and Recommendations Conversation with Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Date: Thursday, April 22 - 6:00 PM

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Date: Thursday, April 15th - 6:00 - 7:00pm 

Meeting Recording 

Presentation (English / Spanish)

Strategies and Recommendations (English / Spanish)



South Madison Online Engagement: Draft Strategies and Recommendations (Day Option)

Date: Monday, April 12th - 12:00 - 1:00pm 

Presentation / Meeting Recording

Strategies and Recommendations (English / Spanish)


South Madison Social Practice Artists Exhibit

Date: Monday, April 5th - 5:00pm

Virtual Meeting Link


South Madison Market Study Meeting

March 4th, 2 pm

Virtual meeting


Market Study

Presentation Slides (English / Spanish)

Meeting Recording (English / Spanish)



Community Impact Session 2

October 24, 6:00 - 7:45 pm

Urban League of Greater Madison - 2222 S Park St


Meeting Presentation
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Community Impact Session 1

September 19,  6:00 - 7:45 pm

Catholic Multicultural Center - 1862 Beld St


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Meeting Summary

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Project Contacts

Jeff Greger



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