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210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Madison WI 53703

Phone: 608-266-4137
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The public is invited to comment on Farmland Loss Mitigation (FLM) Issue Paper #3: Farmland Preservation Policy in Dane County. The public comment period will end on Monday, October 31, 2016. To comment, please contact Sean Higgins, CARPC Community Planner, at 608-283-1267 or SeanH@CapitalAreaRPC.org.

The public comment period for Appendix G: Dane County Groundwater Protection Planning Framework has been extended. To view Appendix G, click here (57mb). To comment, please contact Mike Kakuska, CARPC Senior Environmental Planner, at 608-266-9111 or MikeK@CapitalAreaRPC.org.


CARPC's October Newsletter

The October 2016 CARPC newsletter is available to view online here.

Past editions can be found here.

Photo: CARPC Staff

Regional Trends 2016 - Environmental Resources

The CARPC has released its 2016 Regional Trends Report on Environmental Resources.

Read the report

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

Regional Trends 2016 - Agricultural Resources

The CARPC has released its first Regional Trends report of 2016, on Agricultural Resources.

Read the report

Look for the 2016 Regional Trends in Housing and Population report in April.


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 the month.

Printable calendars of Commission meetings are available
2016 Calendar

An archive of past meeting materials is available here.

Capital Area Regional Planning Commissioner and Staff Strategic Planning Retreat
Friday, October 21, 2016
Lakeview Room, Retreat and Guest House, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Highway M, Middleton, WI
1pm - 8 pm CT


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