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The CARPC Generally meets on the second thursday of each month

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Madison WI 53703

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What's New at the CARPC?
Upcoming Meetings

Fitchburg NE Neighborhood Amendment Update
The WI DNR is seeking public comments on the proposed Service Area Amendment by April 3rd.

Please see the DNR update.


Regional View Newsletter The March 2015 Newsletter of the CARPC is available to view online here.

Past editions can be found here.

Regional Trends - Population and Housing

The CARPC will be issuing quarterly updates of Regional Trends. The first such report of 2015, on Housing and Population, can be found here.

Geography of Opportunity: Interactive Mapping Tool


A new interactive mapping tool is now available, on a trial basis, for exploring the Geography of Opportunity in the Madison, Wisconsin region.

The mapping tool allows users to turn on and off a number of map layers depicting different aspects of accessing opportunity. The map layers show some of the key information included in the report, “Geography of Opportunity: A Fair Housing Equity Assessment for Wisconsin’s Capital Region.” The purpose of the online map is to allow people to explore how different aspects of “geography of opportunity” relate to each other, and to help deepen understanding.

For more info and to try out the tool, see the CRSC website.

"Geography of Opportunity: A Fair Housing Equity Assessment for Wisconsin’s Capital Region”

The Fair Housing Equity Assessment (FHEA) explores the distribution of opportunities, and barriers to opportunities in Wisconsin's Capital Region. The FHEA was created by the Capital Region Sustainable Communities (CRSC) to advance a CRSC priority challenge: ensuring equitable access to opportunity for all.

(Files Updated 09/26/2014)

Complete Document (14 MB)

Waubesa Wetlands in Context

Professor Cal DeWitt from the UW-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies recently gave a presentation to the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission on the scientific context of the Waubesa Wetlands.

Download a copy of the presentation here [19.6 MB]

Ecologic Limits of Hydrologic Alterations (ELOHA)—Final Report Available

ELOHA provides a methodology and tools to understand the tradeoffs between human activities on the landscape and resulting ecological degradation. Applications of the ELOHA framework in the region will help to inform decision-makers and stakeholders about the ecological consequences of flow alteration, as well as promote regional environmental flow strategies for protecting and restoring water resource conditions.

Final Report [7.1 MB] Appendices [4.1 MB]


At the June 12, CARPC meeting, Professor Moris Davis, Ph D. from the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison presented his analysis on development trends. View presentation slides.

Madison Area Ranks First Among Mid-Size Regions in Containing Sprawl Balancing jobs and housing. Vibrant activity centers. Walkable streets. Efficient development. According to a new report on the impacts of urban development patterns, the Madison metro area ranks first among mid-sized region in the U.S. in achieving these outcomes. See Press Release

SprawlMeasuring Sprawl 2014

This report analyzes development patterns in 221 metropolitan areas and 994 counties in the United States as of 2010, looking to see which communities are more compact and connected and which are more sprawling. Researchers used four primary factors—residential and employment density; neighborhood mix of homes, jobs and services; strength of activity centers and downtowns; and accessibility of the street network—to evaluate development in these areas and assign a Sprawl Index score to each. This report includes a list of the most compact and most sprawling metro areas in the country. View Summary Report
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2013 Building Permit Data Available The 2013 residential building permit data is available for Cities, Villages and Towns in Dane County. For more information click here.
Market StudyDane County Market Demand Study:
Bus Rapid Transit & Other Local Investments in Walkable Transit-Supportive Communities



Fitchburg Neighborhood Presentation City of Fitchburg staff made a preliminary staff presentation to the Commission at its August 8 meeting on the Northeast Neighborhood and North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood urban service area amendment request. The presentation may be viewed here.

Economic Modeling Tool Available emsiThe Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC) have joined together to provide economic information to municipal governments, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, and business associations in Dane, Dodge, Sauk, Columbia, Jefferson and Rock counties.
See more information Example Economy Overview reports for each of the six counties can be viewed below:

The CARPC generally meets the second Thursday of the month.

Printable calendars of Commission meetings is available
2015 Calendar

An archive of past meeting materials is available here.

Capital Area Regional Planning Commission Meeting
March 12, 2015
Meeting Cancelled

Due to concerns of having an adequate quorum, the CARPC monthly meeting and the CARPC Executive Committee meeting have been cancelled for Thursday, March 12th. The next CARPC monthly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 9th.

Executive Committee of the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission Meeting
March 12, 2015
Meeting Cancelled

Public Hearing Notices

None at this time

**Application materials and staff analyses can be downloaded here.**