Housing Forward Agenda

Housing Forward image.Secure housing is the foundation of public health, well-being and community. Everybody should have access to safe, secure, and affordable housing. The tremendous growth we’ve seen in Madison has put pressure on the housing market and prices have increased as a result. The 2020 census showed that we added 75,000 new residents in the last 10 years. As Madison grows, it’s critical that it remains inviting and accessible to everybody, and that everybody has the opportunity to buy, rent, or remain in a home that meets their needs. To make that possible, we need to build much more housing, including much more affordable housing. We also need to increase access to homeownership and make it easier for folks on a fixed income to stay in their homes. We also must help people experiencing homelessness find shelter and get back into housing. Housing Forward is the Mayor’s agenda for how to accomplish these goals. It outlines a near-term plan for an “all-of-the-above” approach to increasing housing access and affordability.

Read Mayor Satya’s Housing Forward plan.

Metro Forward Agenda

The Madison region continues to grow rapidly. It has consistently ranked in top tiers for being a dynamic, safe place to live -attracting talent, businesses and new residents. Growth is evident in many ways from the booming housing development to theMetro Forward image. changing downtown skyline. If growth resumes at its previous pace, by the year 2050, we expect 85,000 new jobs and 100,000 new residents in Dane County. This translates into 800,000 new road trips to work, school and play. Without action, the resulting gridlock will more than double travel times for everyone on the road. As people begin to return to schools, employment centers, and public life, Metro Transit will be instrumental in improving workforce transportation, reducing congestion and serving as the backbone of a new vibrant regional economy. Now it’s time to make sure that Metro provides access to opportunity and excellent service, by redesigning our transit network and adding Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a high-quality electric bus-based transit system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective service with a high-level of capacity.

Read Mayor Satya’s Metro Forward plan.

Learn more about our 2022 Metro redesign.

Climate Forward Agenda

Climate change threatens our planet, our health, and our economy. Madison is moving rapidly to reduce our emissions, make our community more resilient, and improve peoples’ lives. We are investing in renewable energy to meet our goal for City facilities energy to be 100% renewable by 2030 (see 100% Renewable Energy Report). We are investing in an electric bus rapid transit system that will improve mobility and lower transit emissions and take thousands of cars off the streets. We are encouraging sustainability in both new and existing affordable housing to lower bills for residents. We are rapidly switching streetlights to LED lights, converting our fleet to electric vehicles, supporting green infrastructure for stormwater management, and so much more. But there is more to do. The Mayor’s Climate Forward plan outlines a two year agenda to make Madison a more climate-friendly and climate resilient City.

Read Mayor Satya’s Climate Forward plan.

A Climate Forward vision for Madison will protect our communities and grow our economy.