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City Seeks Input on Future Land Use Map
The City of Madison is requesting input from residents, neighborhood associations, developers, and all other interested parties for the Future Land Use Map in its Comprehensive Plan as part of the Imagine Madison campaign. The map will show planned land uses for currently developed areas and anticipated growth areas on the edge of the City and guide how and where the City grows. The Planning Division will accept change requests regarding the Future Land Use Map through March 31. It is preferred that requests be submitted online at Staff will review comments and evaluate requests to create an Initial Draft of the map, which will be presented for a two-month public comment period beginning in late April. A Final Draft of the map will then be presented to the City’s Plan Commission in July.

City Seeks Input on Street Vending
The City of Madison has released an online survey and is hosting a community meeting to gather ideas and input to improve the City’s Street Vending Program. Madison’s nationally-recognized street vending scene includes unique food carts, talented artists and craftspeople, outdoor merchant vending, and vibrant sidewalk cafes. One way to provide input is to complete a brief online survey here. It should take about 5 minutes. The input you provide through the survey and at the community meeting will help guide changes to the City’s policies and processes that support and regulate street vending in Madison.

City of Madison Retail Improvement Grant
The City of Madison has approved a TIF Grant program through the Office of Business Resources that will provide funding for improvements to retail spaces within the central downtown area. As the City of Madison, residents, business owners and development community continue to invest in creating a vibrant downtown they recognize the need to invest in the independent retailers in the downtown area to make sure we continue to maintain the independent flavor that makes Madison special. For more information, click here.

Downtown Road Construction Projects
Many road construction projects are currently taking place or are in the planning process for downtown Madison. For detailed updates and information on some of these road construction projects, visit the Madison's Central BID website at
Madison City Council members propose to legalize 'sandwich board' signs
Posted: March 27, 2017

Paul Soglin, City Council members offer changes for top of State Street
Posted: March 24, 2017

City staff: Modernistic Judge Doyle Square project won't adversely affect landmark buildings
Posted: March 16, 2017

Madison finance committee approves $6 million more for Government East parking garage
Posted: March 16, 2017

Proposed State Street hotel aims for authentic, modern look over historic replication
Posted: March 15, 2017

Cosmos development gets full approval for all 8 stories from Urban Design Commission
Posted: March 10, 2017

Improved bicycling on West Wilson Street considered in reconstruction project
Posted: March 8, 2017
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