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Dane County Board could weigh in on Judge Doyle Square

In February, the Madison school board sent a letter to the city, asking it to close the tax incremental finance district that the city intends to use to pay for the Judge Doyle Square project. Soon the Dane County Board of Supervisors -- with the encouragement of CA$H -- will consider a similar measure. >More
 City fees could deter backyard apartment units in Madison

When Madison officially legalized the construction of "accessory dwelling units" -- backyard cottages often called "mother-in-law apartments" -- Pamela Porter and Mare Chapman rolled up their sleeves and began designing one for their Marquette home. The couple thought that Porter's mother could live there and that, when they got older, they might move into it and rent out their main house. >More
 Progressive Dane takes over petition drive against Judge Doyle Square

In May, Christopher Daly heard about a campaign to force the Common Council to hold referendums whenever the city wants to subsidize projects with more than $10 million of tax incremental financing. The idea was spurred by the city's $200 million Judge Doyle Square proposal, which includes a luxury hotel for Monona Terrace and could take up to $100 million in city aid. >More
 Faced with criticism, Monona Terrace omits data from 2013 annual report

Every year, Monona Terrace releases a report touting the amount of economic activity the convention center generates here. Last year, Isthmus and others questioned the veracity of its data, pointing out inconsistencies and implausible assumptions. >More
 New Chief Mike Koval wants Madison Police to be a force for good

In 1983, Mike Koval was an eager young police officer, fresh out of the academy and ready to save the world. But he quickly realized not everyone on the Madison Police Department shared his zeal. Assigned to the night shift -- from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. -- Koval showed up for his first briefing 15 minutes early and grabbed a seat in the front of the room. >More
 Will apartment boom bring more retail to downtown Madison?

For the past two years, A Room of One's Own has enjoyed a somewhat unusual situation for an independent bookstore: Business is doing pretty well. Sandi Torkildson, the store's owner, says the store got a boost from the demise of the Borders chain three years ago. But she sees another significant reason: "There do seem to be more people downtown." >More
 Tweaking the new Madison zoning code

Madison spent years completely rewriting its zoning code, which went into effect on Jan. 2, 2013. Since then, city officials have been watching to see how the code functions. Matt Tucker, the city's zoning code administrator, believes it might still need some tweaks, but overall it is doing its job. >More
 Madison Common Council members peeved by the call for a vote on Judge Doyle Square

Ald. Mark Clear is no fan of referendums. "It's sort of mob rule," Clear says of letting citizens legislate at the ballot. "Whichever side has the most money is likely to be successful. This is why we have representative government in the first place, so elected officials can understand the details." Clear especially hates the idea of letting residents weigh in on Judge Doyle Square, a project he champions. >More
 Committee chooses newcomer Lucas Dailey over Madison Common Council veteran to replace former Ald. Sue Ellingson

Ald. Mark Clear thought it would be a simple matter to decide among eight applicants for a Common Council seat vacated by Sue Ellingson, who resigned in March. "I expected Ken Golden to be a slam-dunk candidate and that would be the end of the story," Clear told the Common Council Organizational Committee Tuesday night. "But I was extraordinarily impressed with all of the candidates." >More
 Will Scott Resnick lead the Madison Common Council?

So far, Ald. Scott Resnick is the only council member who has declared to run for Common Council president. But his campaign has not come without controversy. The problem is that Resnick, the council's current pro tem, is also contemplating running next spring for mayor. >More
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