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Environmental Corridors

Environmental corridors are continuous systems of open space in urban and urbanizing areas. These corridors include environmentally sensitive lands, natural resources requiring protection from disturbance and development, and lands needed for open space and recreational use.

Environmental corridors have been mapped for all urban and limited service areas in the county. Corridor delineation is based mainly on drainage ways and stream channels, floodplains, wetlands, steep slopes, and other natural features. CARPC staff works with local units of government to delineate the corridors, which are then used to decide where to locate urban development and major facilities.

Potential future environmental corridors have been identified within two miles of existing urban service areas. The likely-to-be-required future environmental corridors are based mainly on drainage ways and stream channels, 100-year floodplains, wetlands, steep slopes, and other resource features (parks, unique vegetation, etc.). The recommended-to-be-considered future environmental corridors include potentially restorable wetlands and the 500-year floodplain. These future potential environmental corridors are useful for the comprehensive planning of future urban development and natural resource preservation. Environmental corridors are available for download on the Open Data Portal.

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Environmental Corridor Amendment Reviews

CARPC Res # *Service AreaAmendment NameApplicantStatus of AmendmentSupporting Documents
Management LetterCentral USACity of Fitchburg #1901ECCity of FitchburgApproved by DNR
DC-0201
1. Application

2. Staff Analysis
Management LetterCentral USACity of Madison #1801ECCity of MadisonApproved by DNR
DC-0186
1. Application

2. Staff Analysis
2017-19Waunakee USAVillage of WaunakeeVillage of WaunakeeApproved by DNR
DC-0187
1. Application (revised 9/7/17)

2. Staff Analysis

* Effective February 2018, management letters will be issued by CARPC instead of resolutions.

Please contact Mike Rupiper, Director of Environmental Resources Planning, at 608-474-6016 or MikeR@CapitalAreaRPC.org for additional information.