press release: The City of Madison announces phase two of Imagine Madison, a public-listening campaign designed to elicit the opinions of Madison residents regarding impactful community issues. A primary goal of Imagine Madison is to reach, listen to, and record the ideas of a broad and diverse cross section of the public, on topics including housing, transportation, racial equity, sustainability and others. The opinions collected by the City of Madison’s Planning Division as part of the months-long effort will be used to update Madison’s Comprehensive Plan.
“The City of Madison truly wants to hear from each and every resident, because everyone has a unique perspective about issues that affect us all,” says Heather Stouder, the Planning Division’s Director. “With that goal in mind, Imagine Madison was designed to provide new ways to provide input in an effort to improve communication between the City and all Madison residents.”
Imagine Madison coincides with an update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan—a strategy document that lays out the vision for the community for decades to come. Significantly, the Comprehensive Plan is updated only once every decade.
The Imagine Madison team has been busy wrapping up Phase 1 and preparing for Phase 2. A big thank you to everyone who participated in Phase 1 and helped us identify what the important issues are in Madison and what goals we should pursue as a community to address these issues.
Phase 2 Community Meetings
In Phase 2 of Imagine Madison we will be exploring what specific strategies we as a community should consider to help us achieve the goals we’ve identified in Phase 1. We’ll also be updating the map that guides city growth. We’re doubling the number of community meetings for Phase 2. We hope you can join us at one of the meetings below:
· April 25 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center (Facebook Event)
· April 27 at Cherokee Heights Middle School (Facebook Event)
· May 1 at Central Library (Facebook Event)
· May 3 at La Follette High School (Facebook Event)
The schedule is the same for each meeting: 6:00 - 6:30pm Open House; 6:30 - 7:45pm Presentation and Small Group Activities
We’ll be discussing:
· How should the city grow and change?
· What steps should we take to achieve the goals for our community?
Refreshments and childcare will be provided and Spanish and Hmong interpreters will be at each meeting.
For more information, contact Kirstie Laatsch at (608)243-0470, Colin Punt at (608)243-0455, or Brian Grady at (608)261-9980 at the City of Madison Planning Division or firstname.lastname@example.org.