Come to the CARPC (Capital Area Regional Planning Commission) meeting on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Fitchburg City Hall, Council Chambers, 5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg. The CARPC has already heard public testimony on the North Stoner Prairie proposal. On Oct. 9 it will hear from its staff on that issue, then discuss and vote on it. Then there will be a public hearing, discussion and vote on Fitchburg's "Northeast Neighborhood" proposal. Please come and register in opposition! Scroll down to "Latest News" for more ways to help.

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

Waubesa Wetlands in Danger from Downtown Dailies on Vimeo.

Write to the CARPC Commissioners today at to express your opposition to the two Fitchburg applications to bring its Northeast Neighborhood and its North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood into the Urban Service Area.

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.
  • Click here to download the petition.

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    September CARPC Update

    On Sept. 11 over 100 people showed up to voice their opposition to Fitchburg's Northeast Neighborhood (NEN), but they didn't get a chance. The agenda of the CARPC (Capital Area Regional Planning Commission) meeting was so full that they ran out of time before the 11 p.m. adjournment.

    But 90 people registered against Fitchburg's North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood amendment, and 12 signed up to speak against it, so we know that at least that many registered against the NEN. The NEN hearing was opened at 11:10 p.m., then immediately continued 'til Oct. 9.

    Here's what you can do:

    1. Watch our 20-min. video, "Waubesa Wetlands in Danger," starring Dr. Cal DeWitt, Dr. Joy Zedler, and Tracy Hames, and shot in the wetlands in July, at, and then share it via Facebook, Twitter, email or telephone. Since our last newsletter on Sept 10, we've gone from 140 views to 210 views. Help us reach 300! You can follow us on Twitter @westwaubesa.

    2. If you haven't written yet, please write to the CARPC Commissioners at regarding the NEN proposal.Click HERE for the latest WWPC newsletter, which has helpful hints on how to write to and testify before the CARPC

    3. Put Oct. 9 on your calendar, and come to the CARPC meeting at 7 p.m., location to be announced. (This time we won't have to sit through 2 other hearings first!). Register in opposition to the Northeast Neighborhood amendment if you didn't already do so on Sept. 11.