Urban Design Commission
In consultation with Public Health of Madison and Dane County, the Madison Municipal Building reopened to the public on July 6, 2021. Many Planning Division employees are continuing 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.
September 9, 2021 Update:
To set up a Zoom video conference meeting to discuss your application, please email UDCapplications@cityofmadison.com.
Submittal Format. Note that staff are currently only accepting digital (PDF) submittals - not paper - for all applications. While the format has changed, the list of required submittal materials, has not (see Page 2 of the UDC Application for more information).
How to Submit. All Urban Design Commission submittal materials shall be sent to UDCapplications@cityofmadison.com. 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 UDCapplications@cityofmadison.com regarding questions involving any changes mentioned above or if you need alternative filing options.
Submittal Deadlines. The same submittal deadlines apply, as noted on the current Development Review Schedule. Deadlines remain on designated Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
City of Madison Building Inspection. P.O. Box 2984. Madison, WI 53701-2984
Drop Box Location
Madison Municipal Building, Doty Street Entrance. 215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Madison, WI 53701-2984
Zoning Counter Appointment
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 2022:
Urban Design Commission Application
Overview of Commission and Common Council Involvement in Development Decisions
Urban Design Districts
Section 33.24 - The Urban Design Commission - Ordinance outlining the Commission's composition, powers and duties.
Jessica Vaughn - Urban Design Commission Secretary, (608) 267-8740