Smart Growth has advocated for our membership on numerous critical policy issues including Tax Incremental Financing Policy, Zoning Code implementation and modification, Development Process Review Changes, Energy Benchmarking for Commercial Buildings, Landmarks Ordinance Rewrite, and signage for mixed use/multifamily and commercial buildings. .
in 2015 the City proposed a mandatory Energy Benchmarking Proposal. Smart Growth opposed, however we supported the creation of a public/private stakeholders coalition that will work to develop a proposal that can be supported by the development community. The original proposal was placed on file, and an Ad Hoc Committee was formed which included a representative of Smart Growth. The Committee is tasked with working to propose alternatives that meet the goals of the original proposal, but with the participation of all relevant stakeholders.
Several high profile projects in local historic districts have spotlighted issues with the current Landmarks Ordinance, particularly as “guidelines” in the ordinance trump “standards” in the zoning code, as applied by the Landmarks Commission and Council. Additionally, the guidelines and criteria are subjective and do not provide clear definitions, rendering the ordinance difficult to interpret for developers, the Landmarks Commission, and the Council in the event of an appeal. We support the Ad Hoc Rewrite Committees effort to clarify and modify the Landmarks Commission ordinance so it can better serve its purpose of preserving and enhancing our historic districts. We oppose the creation of any new Local Historic District until this process has been completed.
We will continue to monitor changes to the development review process, while periodically providing feedback on how existing changes are impacting projects. Currently the department is working to better streamline the process. The city is also planning an overhaul of the existing Municipal Building and Smart Growth participated in a focus group that gave input into how to better create a space that is conducive to a better communication and process.
Smart Growth is pushing to find proactive ways to participate and work with the City to find creative and innovative ways to promote economic development in Madison.
The Mayor proposed a signage package that impacted signs in Landmark and Historic Districts on and Mixed Use and Commercial Buildings. The initial proposals put forward were opposed by a large coalition of groups, including Smart Growth, who will continue to work with Greater Madison Chamber and others with the Mayor to find common ground, and to suggest proactive changes to Chapter 31.
- Zoning Code Modifications
- TIF policy implementation
- Downtown/State Street overlay districts
- Affordable Housing/Homelessness Prevention/Assistance Initiatives
- CARPC urban service area expansion criteria; resource protection corridors
- Master Transportation Plan/Parking issues for TE corridors and downtown
- State Legislation of interest to members