Madison’s new Planning Board

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick (managing editor)

The new Madison Planning and Zoning Commission held an organizational meeting on Thursday, January 8 for a crash course in local and state zoning procedures and to elect officials and adopt the board’s by-laws.

The Madison Planning and Zoning Commission will serve as an advisory board that will review citizen applications for planning and zoning and then make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.

“This is an inaugural moment,” said Monica Callahan, director of city planning. “This is the first independent planning board Madison has ever had, since planning boards began in the 1970s.”

City Manager David Nunn is looking forward to the impact the board will have on the city.

“I appreciate your willingness to serve. This is cutting new ground,” said Nunn. “I am excited that you will have the opportunity to set some policy with planning and zoning. …that’s an opportunity for the city that we just haven’t had before.”

Callahan is optimistic that the new board will be a valuable asset to planning and zoning endeavors in the city of Madison.

“It’s to guide good growth. It’s not meant to be a limiting tool. It’s meant to be a planning tool,” said Callahan.

The board is comprised of seven members: Herb Anderson, Bruce Gilbert, Joe Houston, Nancy Nolan-Kuperberg, Cynthina Reed, Sherry Terrell-Alexander and Robert Trulock.The planning members elected Bruce Gilbert, former mayor of Madison, to be the chairman of the board. Robert Trulock was elected vice chair and Sherry Terrell-Alexander was elected second vice chair. The Madison Planning and Zoning Commission will meet the third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room, in Madison. Meetings are open to the public.

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