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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 3:49 pm

Madison's city commissioners acknowledged last week a letter of agreement with a local government-support organization that would start the process of updating the city's land-use plan.

Officials with the First District Association of Local Governments provided the letter to Madison officials outlining the work involved in creating an updated plan. As part of the project, the plan creators will want participation from city staff members, elected and appointed officials, the public and others. Through the public participation, First District "...will identify key issues and establish a possible vision(s) for Madison and targeted growth and redevelopment areas."

Chad Comes, city engineer, told the commissioners that Madison's most recent land-use plan was released in 2008. Ulteig Engineers of Sioux Falls, the writers of Madison's current comprehensive plan, released their document in April 2008. The document is available on the city's website and contains a chapter dedicated to plans for land use in the city.

In the letter, the city is expected to make an initial payment of $7,000 on or before June 1, 2020, and a final payment of $8,000 upon completion of the work. Comes said money is dedicated within Madison's budget to pay for the updated land-use plan.

Comes said the project would involve an 18-month schedule of research and meetings. The meetings will start in October 2019 with a review of the existing land-use survey and other plans and conducting a preliminary steering-committee meeting with city staff members. The remaining meetings, about a dozen, are scheduled with the city's planning commission on a monthly or every second-month schedule.

In addition, First District staff members will meet separately with Madison residents (called stakeholders) who will share ideas and information about the project.

The First District staff will seek information related to:

-- What kinds of issues do residents want the city to address?

-- Where should Madison develop land for residential, industrial and other uses?

-- What types of additional public facilities do residents want the city to provide?

-- What improvements are needed for the city to maintain its services?

The First District staff members plan to provide a preliminary review of the updated land-use plan to the municipal planning commission in January 2021. The staff members would seek the Madison City Commission's approval of the plan in April 2021.

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