City Council Meeting Update -December 28,2020 meeting
At The December 28th City Council Meeting there were hours of discussion regarding two large rezoning in the city. Before I go into that, I’d like to tell you the other items were accomplished and then I’ll address the rezoning.
The agenda for the meeting is located on the city’s website: http://madisoncityal.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=1180
The council approved several resolutions including resolutions for street sweeping, landscaping for the Madison Library, Software Systems for the Police Department and the Senior Center and a resolution requiring pet shops within our city to source the pets they sell from shelters and animal rescues.
There were two resolutions and ordinances for single lot, single family zonings and annexations. These were passed unanimously. I voted for both of these, because they follow the guidance of the Growth Policy for low density development.
There were two ordinances for large developments which were also on the agenda. These ordinances were passed with a 4-3 vote of the council. I voted against these re-zonings for these developments.
The first vote was for Ordinance 2020-271, Barnett’s Crossing (181 total homes). I voted against this development because it required an amendment to the West Side Master Plan, as evidenced by citizen comments our infrastructure is not yet sufficient in the area and I have reservations about the enforceability of the 55+ age restrictions of approximately half of the development.
The second vote was for Ordinance 2020-273, Bellwoods West (104 total homes). I voted against this development because it required an amendment to the West Side Master Plan, per citizen comments our infrastructure is not yet sufficient in the area and it does away with potential commercial development of the road frontage on Brownsferry Road.
To be clear, I am not against growth. I love that we live in a vibrant city where people want to be, but we need to grow in a smart, metered manner. We cannot continue to surpass our ability to provide essential services and physical infrastructure.
I’ve noticed a marked increase in the citizen participation in our meetings and the emails I received. I appreciate this citizen involvement and awareness.
I see a bright future head for our city.
Happy New Year!