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File #: 60888    Version: Name: Bird-safe Glass
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/9/2020 In control: Attorney's Office
On agenda: 8/4/2020 Final action: 8/4/2020
Enactment date: 8/15/2020 Enactment #: ORD-20-00069
Title: 2nd SUBSTITUTE - Creating Section 28.129 of the Madison General Ordinances requiring bird-safe vision glass treatment on specified buildings and structures.
Sponsors: Marsha A. Rummel, Keith Furman, Syed Abbas, Grant Foster
Attachments: 1. Bird Glass_Public Comment_061820.pdf, 2. 60888 Version 1.pdf, 3. 60888 Version 2.pdf, 4. Figure 1 - Window Mullion Graphic.jpg, 5. REVISED Figure 1 - Window Mullion Graphic.jpg, 6. Figure 2 - 60ft Graphic.jpg, 7. REVISED Figure 2 - 60ft Graphic.jpg, 8. Figure 3 - Glass Corner Graphic.jpg, 9. Zoning Text Memo 7-13-20.pdf, 10. Bill Connors_Comment.pdf, 11. Cathy O'Donnell_Comment.pdf, 12. Candy Schrank_Comment.pdf, 13. Comments_PC071320.pdf, 14. Staff_Presentation_7-13-20.pdf, 15. Connors_08-04-20_#7.pdf, 16. O'Donnell_08-04-20_#7.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsWatch
8/4/20203 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt and Close the Public HearingPass Action details Not available
7/21/20201 COMMON COUNCIL Re-refer for Recessed Public HearingPass Action details Not available
7/13/20201 PLAN COMMISSION RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT - PUBLIC HEARINGPass Action details Not available
6/16/20201 COMMON COUNCIL Refer For Public HearingPass Action details Not available
6/9/20201 Attorney's Office Referred for Introduction  Action details Not available
Fiscal Note
No City appropriation required.
Title
2nd SUBSTITUTE - Creating Section 28.129 of the Madison General Ordinances requiring bird-safe vision glass treatment on specified buildings and structures.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: Nationwide research has shown that large predominantly glass buildings heighten the risk of bird collisions and deaths, especially within the first sixty feet of a building. This is also true for corner windows, glass railings, sky-bridges, and upper-level landscape elements. Therefore, this ordinance creates Section 28.129 of the Madison General Ordinances (Zoning Code) to require bird-safe vision glass (window) treatment on certain buildings and structures. Specifically, this ordinance applies to buildings or structures greater than 10,000 square feet in size, measured as a sum of the floor area on all above-grade stories. The ordinance then sets out requirements for how much of the vision glass on such buildings must be treated. Further, the ordinance provides examples of the type of bird-safe vision glass treatment that must be used in order to reduce the number of bird strikes on a building. Finally, the ordinance provides that all glass railings, sky-bridges, and upper-level landscape elements must be treated with bird-friendly vision glass.

This second substitute was necessary to incorporate feedback received during the Plan Commission meeting on July 13, 2020.graphics to help further clarify and explain the regulatory text.

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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:

1. Section 28.129 entitled “Bird-Safe Vision Glass” of Subchapter 28I entitled “General Regulations” of Chapter 28 entitled “Zoning Code” of the Madison General Ordinances is created to read as follows:

“28.129 BIRD-SAFE VISION GLASS REQUIREMENTS.

(1) Statement of Purpose . The Bird-Safe Vision Glass Requirements in this section are intended to...

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