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SENA Annual Meeting and Elections

03/28/2009 - 10:00
03/28/2009 - 12:00
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Join your neighbors at the SENA annual meeting and yearly elections at 10:00am on Saturday, March 28, at Door Creek Church. County Supervisor Nominees Nancy Mistele and Kathleen Falk will be in attendance. Each candidate will talk about their plans for Dane County and answer any questions.

Please plan to attend the Sprecher East Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting to find out about the County Executive nominees, participate in elections, learn more about your neighborhood association, and socialize with your neighbors. Rolls, juice, and coffee will be served.

Although RSVPs aren't necessary, please take a moment to RSVP online so we can make sure we have enough rolls and coffee for everyone.

Agenda Item for Door Creek Park Ski Path

10/07/2008 - 18:30
10/07/2008 - 21:00
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Bluff Point Neighbors have been added to the Common Council agenda for October 7th to dispute the Parks Commission decision regarding the leg of the ski path near Bluff Point.

The focus will be examining the ski path so it doesn't damage tress as well as cost considerations. Is this portion of the path really necessary for the skiers to enjoy the rest of the ski path(s) in the park and at what cost to the City if they will have to incur additional costs to protect both the private and public trees as well as add some hedges/screening.

Apartment Proposal: Lot 263 or 6901 Littlemore Dr.

09/15/2008 - 17:30
09/15/2008 - 22:00
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This project, which will come before the Plan Commission on Monday, Sept. 15, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Second Floor meeting room of the City-County Building at 210 Martin Luther King Dr. If you want to weigh in, support or opposed, attend the meeting to share your thoughts. The impact of a live person taking time to speak is a bit greater than an e-mail or letter. Again, if your comments are positive, negative or you just want to suggest a change to the general project, you are welcome to come.

You will see in the attached document there have been some changes - fewer units, movement in building layout and some design upgrades. The project has passed the Urban Design Commission, which only deals with "the looks" of a project, not whether or not it is approved regarding the land use.

Plan Commission will review the project against the adopted neighborhood plan (reviewed at the meeting) and the review standards. If approved, it goes to the Common Council for approval. The project could be referred, meaning go back for some minor revisions, or placed or file or rejected, which usually means a wholesale redesign at either point.

This project meets the neighborhood plan objectives and likely the standards for review. You still have the opportunity to share your viewpoints, however. Please do!!

The following changes have been made to the proposed development plans for Lot 263 of Reston Heights. These changes have been made to accommodate the comments from the neighborhood meeting on June 11th, city planning staff or the Urban Design Commission:

  1. Entry Drive Location: The location of Dulles Drive was adjusted on the plan to show it in the proper location. The original site plan had used a Dulles Drive location from a preliminary plat drawing that was no longer accurate. The vehicular entry drive on Littlemore was also adjusted to maintain the alignment with Dulles Drive. The location of the eastern most driveway on to Littlemore was also adjusted. The driveway was moved west to provide a larger natural buffer yard to the east and to align with an existing driveway across the street.
  2. Density: Both the number of buildings and the number of units reduced. There are now a total of five buildings and 158 dwelling units, a reduction from 164 units. The unit mix was also revised to included 10 two bedroom apartments with a den.
  3. Parking areas and sidewalks: The parking and pavement has been further designed and detailed to subdivide the parking and interior driveway. Walkways have been relocated to maximize the usable open space. A walk now provides a direct route from the public sidewalk on Littlemore to the public pedestrian-bike trail to the south.
  4. Clubhouse building: The designs for the clubhouse and pool area are now illustrated. (But, I can't load them here because they are too big.)

The functional portion of the re-zoning is to gain approval for 158 apt. units at 6901 Littlemore Dr. This lot is part of a much larger parcel, that was approved per the neighborhood plan some 10 or more years back, as a general development plan (GDP)for multi-family housing that encompassed four lots for building, roughly bounded by Wyalusing, from Littlemore to Stockbridge, with the Stockbridge piece proceeding almost to the beginning of the bend on Bluff Point. On Littlemore, the lot 6901 extends east to a woodlot, with single family homes on the other side of the woods.

Part of the approval for 6901 involves shuffling approved numbers of units from one lot to another, technically changing the GDP. Some of the lots will never support the number of units initially approved at the GDP because of wetlands and other land issues. Since the numbers of units per lot on the approved GDP is changing, it needs a zoning amendment and a public hearing. Since there is also a Specific Implementation Plan (SIP) in this GDP for the apts. occurring now, it makes sense to do the alterations and the SIP, both called zoning changes, at one meeting.

When the other lots develop, they will also come for a public hearing as they pursue approval for their own SIPs.

Parks Commission Meeting Regarding Door Creek Park Development

09/10/2008 - 18:30
09/10/2008 - 21:00
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If you have interest in the trail, either in support or opposition, you are invited to weigh in, by appearing at the meeting on Sept. 10, 6:30 pm, at Warner Park Community Center. This issue, as some of you have observed, is like many that involve different points of view - it's complex, with no "right" or "wrong" answer. In this case, it's a bit of a science question that requires some expertise in tree health and habitat. While there may be disagreement among the experts, open and active discussion like this and at the meeting will bring resolution.

As an area park, this is park and its amenities belong to thousands of people. Please participate and share your thoughts. In the end, it makes for a better park and community.

Attached are a couple documents created by neighbors most affected by this development.

Development on Littlemore

06/11/2008 - 18:30
06/11/2008 - 20:00
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Please join interested neighbors and Alder Lauren Cnare for a meeting with local developers about a proposed apartment development on Littlemore Dr. on Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30 pm in Room 103 at Door Creek Church. Approved at the macro, or General Development Plan, phase, this project is being detailed for approval at Specific Implementation Plan phase. The lot is bounded by East Hill on the western edge; Littlemore on the northern edge. The bike/pedestrian gravel path borders the south and sort of western edges. Over three years, the project will provide 6 two and three-story buildings with a pool and clubhouse for a total of 164 apartments. Please come to share your thoughts about the design and placement on the site.

Public Hearing Regarding Bus Routes

04/15/2008 - 18:00
Madison Metro

A public hearing will be held by the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission in Room GR-27 of the City County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:00 PM to address service change proposals.

Interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback on proposals that focus on improving on-time performance and capacity of service that have declined because of recent service reductions.

A comprehensive approach is being proposed that will involve route realignments in peripheral and core areas and the addition of new services.

Complete background information including: a general description and justification of proposed service changes; a description of the perceived benefits and reductions of the proposal; draft maps and schedules; and paratransit service impacts is now available by clicking on the "Public Hearing Information" link below.

A hard copy of this notice will be available soon on all buses. Hard copy packets of this information will be available soon at Madison libraries. To request a packet by mail, contact the Metro customer service center at (608) 266-4466, TTY/Textnet: (866) 704-2316, or mymetrobus [at] cityofmadison [dot] com. See the full notice for more details.

Review of Master Plan for Door Creek Park

03/06/2008 - 19:00
03/06/2008 - 20:00
Door Creek Park

Madison Parks Division staff will present plans for a new community park to serve the growing population on the east side of Madison. Door Creek Park is a 115-acre park, located east of the interstate, between Milwaukee Street and County Highway BB in the Door Creek Neighborhood. Door Creek Park is a large community park that has been in the planning and acquisition stage since 1990. The Master Plan for the park include both active and passive recreation typical for Madison’s large parks: athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic areas and shelters, tennis and basketball courts, shore fishing, winter ice skating and ski trails, winter and summer trails both linking to Dane County’s regional trail system.

The attached article appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal on Saturday, February 23, 2008.

SENA Annual Meeting and Elections

04/12/2008 - 10:00
04/12/2008 - 11:59
SENA Annual Meeting and Elections

The SENA annual meeting and elections will be held on Saturday, April 12 at Door Creek Church starting at 10:00am. Rolls, juice and coffee will be served. This is the Association’s Annual Meeting and yearly elections. Also at this meeting, Doug Pearson, Facilities Manager for the School District and Paul Bloom, Assistant Chief of the Fire Department will be speaking about the future of a school and fire station in the neighborhood. This development is part of the master plan for Sprecher School Estates.

RSVPs are not necessary to attend this meeting, but if you know you are able to attend, please login and sign-up or send an e-mail to so we can make sure we have enough refreshments on hand.