Madison and Dane County leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector are calling for the public’s input on regional planning with a unique new online survey. Dane County residents and visitors can take the 10-minute survey to share their views on how the region should grow and develop. A Greater Madison Vision’s mission is to create a shared vision and plan in order to guide public and private decisions about growth in the area. The group’s steering committee of leaders from throughout the region want to use public input to help create regional development that will foster exceptional quality of life, economic opportunity, and a healthy environment for all. “Madison and Dane County are growing quickly. Over the next 25 years Dane County’s population is expected to grow by over 150,000 people – the equivalent of two Camp Randall stadiums full of football fans,” says Larry Palm, Chair of the Capitol Area Regional Planning Commission. “A Greater Madison Vision is designed to get meaningful feedback from people now, so communities and organizations can establish the right priorities when planning for growth.”
The online survey shows four alternative futures dealing with housing, jobs, transportation, roads, rural preservation, water and the environment. Residents can choose from alternative futures focusing on innovation, conservation, community and self-reliance and provide their opinion on how the region should grow. Ruben Anthony, Jr., President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, says, “Wise planning grounded by inclusion produces a plan that truly meets the social and economic needs of the entire community.” Paul Jadin, President, Madison Region Economic Partnership, encourages everyone to participate in the survey. “This survey demonstrates the significant choices we’ll need to make to accommodate projected growth in this region.” The survey will launch on Wednesday, September 12, with launch events happening all day throughout the county. Anyone high school age or older who lives, works, or spends time in Dane County is encouraged to take the survey available at greatermadisonvision.com. The survey is available now through November 12, 2018.