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End-of-Year Message from Our Directors

End-of-Year Message from Our Directors

2022 proved to be another year of progress towards CARPC’s vision of a region where communities create exceptional quality of life for all by working together to solve regional challenges.  

After years of working together with communities and stakeholders, CARPC adopted the Regional Development Framework. An advisory guide, it recommends development strategies to achieve goals shared across the region.

Continuing this collaboration, CARPC’s Executive Chair and Division Directors spent the last six months talking with dozens of local officials and leaders about how CARPC and communities can best work together to carry out Framework strategies. This work is guided by a recently formed Proactive Planning Committee comprised of Commissioners and local officials.  

CARPC is already taking action based on local conversations by initiating a project next year to identify ways that local zoning codes could better carry out Regional Development Framework goals. Six communities contributed to the project which entails hiring a UW-Madison student through a partnership with the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

After many months of collaboration, analysis, and outreach, a Green Infrastructure Plan for the Black Earth Creek Watershed was completed and formally approved by Wisconsin Emergency Management this September. CARPC is continuing to partner with communities and other stakeholders in the watershed on plan implementation. This will increase flood resilience and improve water quality in the watershed, which is one of the primary goals of the Regional Development Framework.  

Other 2022 Agency efforts to foster community resilience to climate change included two key partnerships, one with our local Tree Canopy Collaborative and another with the multi-state Midwest Climate Collaborative. The Tree Canopy Collaborative is a multi-agency effort to collectively maintain, protect, and expand public and private tree canopy across our region for their environmental health, public health, and climate resilience benefits. Our partnership with the Midwest Climate Collaborative is focused on developing a Climate Asset Map and working on an NSF CIVIC grant to identify the technologies, policies, and funding tools that communities can implement to overcome common barriers to increasing climate resiliency by expanding tree cover.  

After a multiyear effort, CARPC and Dane County Planning & Development have completed the 2020 Dane County Land Use Inventory. The data is available for viewing on the CARPC Dane County Land Use Inventory web map and for download on the CARPC Open Data Portal

CARPC also worked with the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) to wrap up the Pandemic Recovery Project this year. Started in 2021, the project analyzed the inventory of available sites for key industries in the region and found a dearth of available sites. The project will provide recommendations for increasing and maintaining an inventory of such sites, which are vital to the growth and location of businesses in core industries.  

Finally, we have greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with communities on a variety of local planning projects this year, from major updates like the Village of Marshall comprehensive plan and the Rock County hazard mitigation plan to unique mapping initiatives like an interactive web map of Union Cemetery for the Town of Vienna and mapping parcel split history for the Town of Springfield.

We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and look forward to continuing to work together in 2023 toward solving regional challenges and creating an exceptional quality of life for all.