City planner Bill Fruhling has thrown up his hands on the timing of a completed Downtown Plan. In the works since 2008, the plan will present a vision of Madison's downtown that encompasses the arts, business, government, education, architecture, public spaces and transportation.
"I quit predicting a date when that would happen," he says, before making a rough prediction anyway: "But it will be later this summer."
The plan was slowed by the election of a new mayor and the hiring of Steven Cover as the city's director of Planning and Community and Economic Development.
"We wanted to bring them up to speed and work with them," Fruhling says. "We've been working on this for, like, three years, and there's a lot of background and considerations to what went into what we have right now."
Once the plan is introduced to the council, it will make the rounds through several city committees and public hearings.