Urban Design Commission

April 14, 2020 Update: 

Given that the Planning office is currently closed to the public and staff are working remotely due to COVID-19, staff has temporarily updated our submittal requirements and Commission meeting schedule.

At this time, only the April 29, May 27, and July 1, 2020 meetings have been scheduled. All subsequent meetings are to be determind. Note: the April 29, 2020 meeting will be a virtual meeting, with instructions for participants noted on the agenda linked from the Clerk’s website: https://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meeting-schedule. The instructions will also be provided on this page.

Regardless, we are keeping our submission deadlines to provide feedback on submissions ahead of when the next meeting is. Email jglaeser@cityofmadison.com to set up a Zoom video conference meeting to discuss your application.

Note that staff are currently only accepting digital (PDF) submittals - not paper - for all applications. All Urban Design Commission submittal materials shall be sent to UDCapplications@cityofmadison.com. Otherwise, all submittal requirements, as listed on Page 2 of the UDC Application, remain the same.

Please note that an individual email cannot exceed 20 MB. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present files in a manner that can be accepted. 

Please email jglaeser@cityofmadison.com regarding questions involving any changes mentioned above or if you need alternative filing options.



The Urban Design Commission reviews planned developments, developments in urban design districts, sign variances and public buildings. It also manages and coordinates special projects such as the Downtown Wayfinding Program and the improvements to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, prepares physical development plans and recommendations for redevelopment projects, and offers design assistance to promote revitalization for areas of the City including site design, landscaping and architectural services. This service also provides ongoing design assistance to the Mall Maintenance and Display Program.

The Urban Design Commission Meets on the following days in 2021:

Last Updated: 02/09/2021