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File #: 63802    Version: 1 Name: Cluster Mailbox Units
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/19/2021 In control: Attorney's Office
On agenda: 2/23/2021 Final action: 2/23/2021
Enactment date: 3/9/2021 Enactment #: ORD-21-00018
Title: Amending Secs. 16.23(2), 16.23(7)(b) and creating Secs. 16.23(7)(a)22, 16.23(8)(h), 16.23(9)(c)8 and 16.23(9)(f) of the Madison General Ordinances to Create Design and Installation Requirements for Cluster Mail Box Units.
Sponsors: Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Marsha A. Rummel, Syed Abbas
Attachments: 1. Master
Fiscal Note
No City appropriation required.
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Amending Secs. 16.23(2), 16.23(7)(b) and creating Secs. 16.23(7)(a)22, 16.23(8)(h), 16.23(9)(c)8 and 16.23(9)(f) of the Madison General Ordinances to Create Design and Installation Requirements for Cluster Mail Box Units.
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DRAFTER’S ANALYSIS: This ordinance creates subdivision design standards that would require the inclusion of cluster box units in subdivisions and their installation. Cluster box units are communal mailboxes for multiple properties that include locked mailboxes and often include parcel lockers. The United States Postal Service now requires this method of mail delivery to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions from operations because carriers can deliver mail to multiple customers during a single stop with less truck idle time, leading to greener neighborhoods. This ordinance will ensure that new developments will plan for and incorporate these units when the subdivision is planned by requiring easements or dedicated outlots, along with creating private maintenance conditions. Requiring the up-front planning for these units and installation of these units will ensure that City residents do not lose mail service and that public lands and resources aren’t used for these private improvements.

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

1. Subsection (2) entitled “Definitions” of Section 16.23 entitled “Land Subdivision Regulations” of the Madison General Ordinances is amended by creating therein the following:

“Cluster Box Unit. A freestanding mailbox, as approved by the United States Postal Service (USPS), for communal use containing individually locked mailboxes and parcel compartments, along with any associated equipment and infrastructure necessary and / or required to site the mailbox. The associated equipment includes, but is not limited to, concrete pad(s), lighting ...

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