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Northeast Area Plan

The Northeast Area Plan process is expected to kick off on January 17 after Common Council Approval. The plan will address land use, transportation, housing, parks and open space, stormwater management, economic development, historic and cultural resources, and facilities and utilities. Equitable and inclusive public participation will be key to the success of the process to help ensure that it is accessible to a broad audience, including people who are traditionally underrepresented.


Please join us at one of the first public meetings:

January 31, 12-1pm
January 31, 6-7pm
In-person: Madison Fleet Services training room, 4151 Nakoosa Trail

Interactive commenting map

Tell us what you love about the neighborhood, your ideas for improvement and areas that need attention using the interactive commenting map.

Stay informed about the plan!

The best way to keep up to date on this planning process is to join the project email list, which will provide information about public engagement opportunities and periodic status updates. 


Northeast Area Plan

Planning Framework

The Northeast Area Plan will be one of the first planning processes following the City’s new Planning Framework.  Approved by the Common Council on August 2, 2022, the Planning Framework is a shift in how Madison approaches planning for areas of the city. The new framework will simplify and standardize the City’s sub-area planning and it is intended to achieve more equitable outcomes by covering the entire city with 12 discrete Area Plan geographies.

Area plans will:

  • Be updated every 10 years to ensure recommendations are timely and relevant.
  • Address a consistent set of topics and include higher-level recommendations for land use, transportation, parks and open space, community facilities, and utilities
  • Include public outreach and engagement during each phase of the planning process with special emphasis on reaching residents and communities typically underrepresented in City processes.
  • Ensure all areas of the City and its peripheral growth areas have plans, and eliminate confusion created from overlapping plan geographies with different recommendations
  • Facilitate enhanced coordination between City initiatives and divisions
Last Updated: 01/24/2023

Subscribe to Email List

Subscribe to the Northeast Area Plan email list:

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January 31, 12-1pm

January 31, 6-7pm

Project Resources

Interactive commenting map Tell us what you love about the neighborhood, your ideas for improvement and areas that need attention using the interactive commenting map.

Anticipated Process and Timeline

Planning Framework Background

Background maps (coming soon)

Call for Community Navigators

Interested in helping neighborhood residents participate in the planning process?  The City of Madison is funding 2-3 Community Navigator positions that will conduct outreach to current residents, property owners, business owners, and other stakeholders, with a particular emphasis on low and moderate income communities.  Learn more and apply.


Dan McAuliffe

Angela Puerta