Madison, WI Header
File #: 74703    Version: Name: Transit Oriented Development Overlay District
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/16/2022 In control: TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION
On agenda: 1/17/2023 Final action: 1/17/2023
Enactment date: 1/26/2023 Enactment #: ORD-23-00013
Title: SECOND SUBSTITUTE: Amending Sections within Chapter 28 of the Madison General Ordinances to implement the new Transit Oriented Development (“TOD”) Overlay District.
Sponsors: Patrick W. Heck, Juliana R. Bennett, Grant Foster, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Keith Furman
Attachments: 1. 74703Body_V5, 2. 74703Body_V4, 3. 74703Body_V3, 4. 74703Body_V2, 5. 74703Body_V1, 6. 74703-TOD Parcel Detail Maps.pdf, 7. 74703-TOD_Overlay_Overview_Map.pdf, 8. 2022-11-17_TOD_Overlay_Zoning_Memo.pdf, 9. 2022-12-05_TOD Overlay_TPPB.pdf, 10. Public Comments.pdf, 11. Legistar Item 74703 J.Winkle.pdf, 12. 74703-TOD Overlay Parcel Detail Maps_V1.pdf, 13. Legistar File 75070, 14. 2022-12-08_TOD_Overlay_Zoning_Memo_HDs.pdf, 15. 2022-12-12_TOD Overlay_PC.pdf, 16. 74703-103122-120522_CC_public_comments.pdf, 17. Public Comments 12-12-22.pdf, 18. Public Comment 1-17-23.pdf, 19. 121522-011523_CC_public_comments.pdf, 20. 011623_CC_public_comments.pdf, 21. 011723-011823_CC_public_comments.pdf

Fiscal Note

No City appropriation required.


SECOND SUBSTITUTE: Amending Sections within Chapter 28 of the Madison General Ordinances to implement the new Transit Oriented Development (“TOD”) Overlay District.


DRAFTER’S ANALYSIS:    This proposed ordinance changes several sections of Chapter 28 to implement the new Transit Orientated Oriented Development (“TOD”) Overlay District. An overlay district modifies the underlying zoning regulations of the base district, here for the intent to intensify land use and economic value around transit stations. As recommended by the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, the TOD District increases development intensity, reduces parking requirements, and supports transit use. The TOD District improves pedestrian connections, traffic and parking conditions and increases mobility choices in the overlay area to enhance the livability of station areas.

The largest change is the repeal and replacement of MGO Sec. 28.104, the TOD Overlay District section. In order to support increased density, the new TOD District allows more dwelling units as permitted uses, allows for additional height in select underlying zoning districts and requires a minimum of two stories for new buildings in employment, mixed-use, and multifamily residential zoning districts. Tables 28C-1 “Residential District Uses” and 28D-2 “Mixed-Use and Commercial District Uses” are modified to reflect the change to permitted base zoning uses once overlaid by the TOD District. A new supplemental regulation for “Accessory Dwelling Units in the TOD Overlay District” is added to MGO Sec. 26.151 to help clarify how accessory dwelling units operate in the TOD District.

To promote transit over automobile use, the new TOD District eliminates car parking minimums, reduces maximums, and implements more stringent building form and site layout regulations for auto-oriented uses. In addition to the language in the new MGO Sec. 28.104, Tables 28I-2, 28I-3 and 28I-4 in Sec. 28.141 “Parking and Loading Standards” are modified to support this change.


The substitute corrects spelling errors in the title and Drafter’s Analysis.


The second substitute ordinance includes no changes to the text from the original draft, but adds in portions of the national register historic districts and local historic districts (outside of the downtown) within a quarter mile of the high-frequency transit routes. These areas had been excluded in the original draft. The changes are reflected in the attached maps.




Please see Legistar File No. 74703 Body Version 3 and Parcel Detail Maps in Attachments.