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New zoning code may affect Madison's developments in Downtown Plan

City planner Michael Waidelich presented details of the Downtown Plan and how the new zoning code could possibly affect the plan with the Zoning Code Rewrite Advisory Committee Thursday night.

Some of the ideas tying the downtown plan together include celebrating lakes, getting around downtown and re-energize the Mifflin area, Waidelich said. These ideas were taken into account when figuring out the Downtown Plan.

The plan has already altered since receiving public input from previous meetings, but there are still tweaks to be made, Waidelich said.

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New city officials, including Mayor Paul Soglin, may also have ideas that could affect the plan, Waidelich said..

The Mifflin area has had the least amount of consensus from Madison residents and city officials when it comes to how to approach the area in the Downtown Plan, Waidelich said.

One of the goals the city wants to accomplish through the plan is to provide diverse housing choices downtown, Waidelich said.

Waidelich presented the map showing downtown's general-use areas. The downtown core near the Capitol Square is considered to be a mixed-use area as it has both residential and commercial buildings.

Committee member Michael Slavney said the committee must make sure the new zoning ordinance has the appropriate standards in order to implement the Downtown Plan.

Madison resident and Downtown Madison Inc. member Fred Mohs said at a recent meeting there was discussion among members about the zoning code and how it will affect the downtown area.

""There is anxiety out there over the Downtown Plan,"" Mohs said.

Mohs said he is concerned over there is a lack of predictability when it comes to the plan. The plans have morphed into flexibility rather than predictability, Mohs said.  

""Good neighborhoods are predictable,"" Mohs said.

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