CHANGE IN DOWNTOWN MEETING DATE * and Comprehensive Plan Update . . .
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From: "Comprehensive Plan" <madisonplan@...>
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 4:24 PM
Subject: CHANGE IN DOWNTOWN MEETING DATE * and Comprehensive Plan Update . .
> ** High Priority **
> C O M P R E H E N S I V E P L A N U P D A T E
> (if you have access to Adobe Acrobat Reader, try opening the attached
> .pdf which provides you will a color version of this update that
> includes public participation pictures)
> CHANGE IN DOWNTOWN MEETING DATE:
> The next Downtown Planning Meeting will be May 19th,
> not May 12th as indicated in the most recent listserv message!
> The final public meeting for the special planning effort on the
> Downtown Component of the Comprehensive Plan will be held on May 19th at
> the Civic Center Marquee Room (211 State Street). This meeting will be
> the culmination of two months of focused work where downtown
> stakeholders including residents, property owners, developers and civic
> and cultural representatives discussed strategies for addressing issues
> such as strengthening downtown as an employment center, balancing high
> density housing with historic preservation, improving transportation
> access to, from and within the downtown, and improving downtown as a
> cultural and arts center. A Draft Advisory Report to the City, which
> will include downtown plan recommendations, will be presented during the
> meeting, with an opportunity for discussion and comments from meeting
> participants. The kickoff meeting for the Downtown planning effort was
> held March 24th, followed by a series of five Theme Workshops on March
> 30th and 31st. Five focus groups were conducted the week of April 19th
> to further refine the downtown planning recommendations that will be
> included in the Advisory Report and used to help develop recommendations
> for the Comprehensive Plan.
> Mail Survey
> In December of 2003, a Comprehensive Plan Mail Survey was sent to 1,248
> Madison residents, 524 of who returned completed surveys for an
> excellent response rate of 42 percent. The Survey found that most
> citizens consider the quality of life in Madison to be good, traffic
> congestion to be a problem, and protecting water quality to be a high
> priority. On other planning issues, responses were often more mixed.
> "For example," explains Brad Murphy, City Planning Unit Director,
> "over 80 percent of respondents said that new development should
> happen in or near already developed areas, yet almost half said that
> they would oppose new apartment or condominium development in their
> neighborhood. This indicates a need for additional discussions
> regarding the location and character of higher density development."
> As another example, finding housing they can afford was an important
> concern for many Madison households, yet four out of five respondents
> favored limiting development of farms and open space in Dane County,
> even if it threatened to increase the cost of housing. The survey
> revealed some differences of opinion between different groups of people.
> A majority of respondents living in the central area of the City said
> that they would support new retail development in their neighborhood,
> even if it might increase traffic and parking demands, while a majority
> of those living on the East and West sides said they would oppose it.
> For a copy of the Survey Results Report (includes the Survey form),
> contact the Planning and Development Department at 267-1131, or go to
> the Comprehensive Plan website at www.madisonplan.org.
> Discussion Kits
> The Comprehensive Plan staff have developed a series of Discussion Kits
> for use by groups that would like to host in-depth discussions about
> important planning topics including growth and development, economic
> development, housing, transportation, the environment, and community
> design. To date, 14 discussions have been conducted with the kits.
> Some of the groups that have participated or are planning to include: *
> Independent Living * Kennedy Heights Neighborhood Association * Sherman
> Neighborhood Association * Old Market Place Neighborhood Association *
> Wright Middle School * Northside Communities of Faith * South Madison
> Community Team * Park Street Partners * Friends of Monona Bay * the
> River Alliance * and La Sup. *
> NOW IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED! IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR GROUP'S
> DISCUSSION RESULTS CONSIDERED AS THE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IS
> DEVELOPED, PLEASE TRY TO HOST YOUR DISCUSSION BEFORE THE END OF MAY.
> Civic organizations, neighborhood associations, church groups, and
> others are encouraged to host a discussion for their members and to
> provide valuable feedback to the City's planning process. To request
> a Discussion Kit, contact the Planning staff at 267-1131,
> Next Steps
> From now into Summer 2004, the Comprehensive Plan staff will be
> completing the Draft Comprehensive Plan for preliminary review during
> City Committee and Commission work sessions. This will be followed by
> wider distribution of a revised draft Plan and an extended public
> comment period.
> We will send you a version of this Comprehensive Plan Update at the
> beginning of each month. Please look for our next edition on June 1st.
> Thank you for your interest.
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