On Nov. 13, 2014 the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission rejected Fitchburg's application to bring the Northeast Neighborhood into the Urban Service Area. Thanks to the six courageous commissioners who took this highly unusual step: Commissioners Ball, Golden, Hampton, McKeever, Minihan and Terrell. On Jan. 7, the City of Fitchburg very quietly appealed this decision to the Department of Natural Resources.

Watch our new 20-minute video recently filmed in the Waubesa Wetlands, with wetland scientists Dr. Cal DeWitt, Dr. Joy Zedler, and Tracy Hames.

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The petition below is a good summary of why we are fighting this development.

CARPC: Protect our waters by rejecting risky new development

Commissioners of the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission:

We, the undersigned residents of Dane County over the age of 18 years, request CARPC to reject Fitchburg's applications to bring its Northeast Neighborhood (NEN) and North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood (NSPN) into the Central Urban Service Area. We are concerned about the following factors that CARPC can consider in its deliberation:

  • Why pave over more high-quality farmland when the present and predicted future droughts in California means that we will need to grow a large portion of our fruits and vegetables locally in the near future?
  • he 2035 population forecast for Dane County was just adjusted dramatically downward. These two proposed expansions will likely provide a supply of development land far beyond the permitted 25 years.
  • These are the water related risks

  • Flooding of future homes in the NEN near the degraded wetland west of Larsen Rd. is very likely, based on recorded flood levels.
  • Swan Creek, the Waubesa Wetlands, the natural Northern Pike hatchery, and Lake Waubesa will be damaged by NEN storm water if storm water engineering solutions don't work as planned.
  • A significant part of the NSPN is an enclosed basin, necessitating emergency pumping during and following heavy rainfall.
  • Global climate models predict more frequent and more violent precipitation events in our area, which could overwhelm storm water facilities designed for a drier, more stable climate.
  • Infiltration of too much storm water in the NEN could result in flooding in the Meadowview subdivision; too little could harm the wetlands and Lake Waubesa.
  • The spring 2014 Dane County groundwater model by the United States Geological Survey, and the summer 2014 UW Madison study which transposed the 2008 Lake Delton storm over Lake Mendota's watershed, should be studied before approving either of these 2 proposals.
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