Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Long Range Planning
September 18, 2006
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Auditorium
Madison, Wisconsin

Long Range Planning Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Carol Carstensen at 5:03 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Lawrie Kobza, Arlene Silveira



STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Pam Nash, Roger Price, Joe Quick, Art Rainwater, Barbara Lehman-Recording Secretary

OTHERS PRESENT: Tom Hovel, Fitchburg City Planning; Brad Murphy, Madison City Planning

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Lawrie Kobza and seconded by Arlene Silveira to approve the minutes of the Long Range Planning Committee meeting dated July 10, 2006 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Overview of residential development in the Cities of Madison and Fitchburg for the next 5-20 years and how such development will impact the enrollment of students in the MMSD

(Packets included a map and estimated growth figures for the City of Fitchburg. Copies are attached to the original of these minutes.)

Mr. Hovel distributed an additional map showing future Fitchburg urban development areas as adopted on 6/22/04 (a copy is attached to the original of these minutes). The map that was part of the packet showed the areas by school district (Madison Metropolitan, Oregon, and Verona). He reviewed the maps pointing out the developable properties. He noted that there are pockets but not major large pieces of land. He then reviewed Fitchburg's estimated growth projections for Kindergarten through 12th grades showing current Urban Service Area (USA) and with the McGaw Park Neighborhood numbers. He did not know any more about the Ridgewood development than he did when he presented to the West/Memorial Task Force. They will share redevelopment plans with the Madison Board when Fitchburg City Planning receives them. There may be another 80 acres within the MMSD.


First phase of Oak meadow still has construction going on but the majority of houses are built. Second phase is smaller.

Timetable for build-out of McGaw Park is not yet known; not likely in 2007.

Cory Hills is completely built up.

Swan Creek has another phase of one street that can go in yet and some vacant lots within the phase last year. They have a number of multiple family projects. Only one-third done.

May be some area within the current USA and within the MMSD boundaries south of Irish Lane.

There were some questions orienting people to the maps.

Market study was completed for Ridgewood last December. No anticipated changes in rental rate level. Past experience could be a good guide but redevelopment could change that.

Brad Murphy reviewed several maps for the City of Madison showing the different school district properties and principal boundaries and the city's intergovernmental agreements with its neighbors. There was also a map, under the City's comprehensive plan, which showed long-term growth and development over the next 20-30 years. There are a fair number of future planning areas both on the east and west sides of the city. He also reviewed the existing land uses and the approved development and neighborhood plan recommendations.


Build out for neighborhoods on the west side depends on market factors, interest rates, etc. May be another several decades. Very large areas.

Staffs for City and MMSD work together to plan for future school sites.

May be looking at about 13,000 new homes covering all those neighborhoods.

Most of the new neighborhoods come into the MMSD after they are annexed by the City.

On the east side, most of the areas west of the Interstate are in the MMSD; north of 94 is in Sun Prairie

Fifty-percent of Sprecher is already developed; Marsh Road probably less.

Agreements are pretty solid on the west side and with Sun Prairie. Approach has been that when the City annexes land, the MMSD then tries to annex.

There was some discussion about development since the agreement was reached with the Middleton-Cross Plains and Verona Area School Districts. Large lots to higher residential density. Development continues to evolve. Prices are driving more homes per acre.

Some discussion about the increased downtown development in recent years and student-oriented housing closer to campus. Enrollments are projected to remain about the same. Some housing stock has been opened further away from campus and further east on the Isthmus. The MMSD is not indicating many students will come from the high rises in the downtown. MMSD staff is better equipped to predict what may come from conversion of rentals into single-family homes that were discussed by the East Task Force.

Past process has been to create a committee from each of the school districts and meet several times over 3-4 months to try to come to an agreement about boundaries; negotiations are always difficult.

Exploring the issues down the road of where the "top" is when building new schools or transportation going over 45 minutes, etc.

FOLLOW UP: Mr. Murphy was asked to provide the number of building units just for the MMSD; provide maps showing boundaries and development from the MMSD perspective (5 and 20-year plans). Also provide information on boundary "tweaks" the MMSD may propose to other neighboring school districts. Provide 20-year maps showing all community boundaries for the whole city and showing which districts have what in each color, along with the anticipated numbers of children from those areas over time (add to long range plan).

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Lawrie Kobza and seconded by Arlene Silveira to adjourn the meeting at 6:04 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.