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The CARPC generally meets on the second Thursday of each month

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210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Madison WI 53703

Phone: 608-266-4137
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What's New at the CARPC?
Upcoming Meetings

The public comment period for Dane County Water Quality Plan Appendix C: POINT SOURCE INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS will be open until 12 noon CT, March 9, 2017. To view Appendix C, click here (5.4mb). To comment, please contact Tony Vandermuss, CARPC Environmental Engineer, at 608-261-1573 or TonyV@CapitalAreaRPC.org.

Part-time Employment Opportunity: CARPC has a part-time Environmental Planning Resources intern position available. See opportunity here.


CARPC's January 12 Newsletter

CARPC is pleased to release its first newsletter of 2017 here. Not signed up for our newsletter yet? Subscribe below.

Past editions can be found here.

Photo: CARPC Staff

Regional Trends 2016 - Economic Development and Access to Opportunity

The CARPC has released its 2016 Regional Trends Report on Economic Development and Access to Opportunity.

Read the report

Look for the 2016 Regional Trends in Economic Development report in the fall.


Framework for Change - Trial Indicators for a Healthy and Flourishing Place for All.

A healthy and flourishing place for all. That is the
vision established by Capital Region Sustainable
Communities for the greater Madison, Wisconsin,

Framework for Change presents indicators and metrics
to measure and track progress towards accomplishing
priority challenges, achieving goals, and realizing the
CRSC vision.

View Report

How We Grow Matters - Presentations Available

Many thanks to Robert Grow of Envision Utah and all the members of the community who made the "How We Grow Matters" regional visioning events on May 14th and 15th a success.

Robert Grow's presentation slides can be viewed here. (large PDF)


In response to inquiries from area communities, the CARPC created this review of the literature on the impacts of market-rate and affordable multifamily rental housing on communities. See Paper

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]
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
View Full Report

Market StudyDane County Market Demand Study:
Bus Rapid Transit & Other Local Investments in Walkable Transit-Supportive Communities



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.

Learn more and submit requests here

Example Economy Overview reports for each of the six counties can be viewed below:

The CARPC generally meets the second Thursday of t

he month.

Printable calendars of Commission meetings are available
2017 Calendar (rev. 01/09/17)

An archive of past meeting materials is available on the current year's meeting information page.

Executive Committee of the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission Meeting
Monday, January 9, 2017, at 4:30 pm CT
Room 321, City-County Bldg, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI


Capital Area Regional Planning Commission
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:15 pm CT
Room 351, City-County Bldg, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI
Meeting starts at 6:15pm CT. One public hearing scheduled to start at 7 pm CT.

See information below for a public hearing being held at 7 pm CT.


Deputy Director Report (revised 01/06/17)

A Greater Madison Vision

Calendar of AGMV Committee Meetings

Stormwater Technical Advisory Committee of the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission and the Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commission
Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1:30pm CT
Conference Room AB, 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI

1.23.17 Agenda
1.23.17 Packet

Stormwater Technical Advisory Committee meeting materials are available here.

Waubesa Wetlands Study Plan Technical Advisory Committee of the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Waubesa Wetlands Study Plan Technical Advisory Committee meeting materials are available here.

Public Hearing Notices

There are no public hearings scheduled at this time.