Dane County area leaders calling for the public’s input on regional planning are stressing the importance of hearing from more residents living outside of Madison.

Dane County residents and visitors can take a unique 10-minute survey now, to share their views on how the region should grow and develop.

So far, the survey has received nearly 5,000 responses in three weeks, but representation from smaller communities including Sun Prairie, McFarland, Mazomanie, Stoughton and Mount Horeb is very low.

“Over the next 25 years Dane County’s population is expected to grow by over 150,000 people – the equivalent of two Camp Randall stadiums full of football fans,” said Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser, who serves on the committee. “That growth will impact the everyday life of people throughout Dane County and we need to hear from both rural and urban residents.”

The online survey shows four alternative futures dealing with housing, jobs, transportation, roads, rural preservation, water and the environment. Residents can choose from alternative futures focusing on innovation, conservation, community and self-reliance and provide their opinion on how the region should grow.

Sharon Corrigan, Chair of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, said the entire county needs to be heard from in the survey results.

“Recent flooding underscores the interconnectedness of our choices and the need for meaningful regional planning,” Corrigan said. “We want to hear from people of all walks of life to learn what matters most to them about this area.”

A Greater Madison Vision’s mission is to create a shared vision and plan to guide public and private decisions about growth in the area. The public input will help create a regional development planning resource that will foster exceptional quality of life, economic opportunity, and a healthy environment for all, and is meant to help all the communities in Dane County work together.

The survey runs through Nov. 12, 2018. Anyone high school age or older who lives, works, or spends time in and around Dane County is encouraged to take the survey at greatermadisonvision.com.

A Greater Madison Vision will develop a shared vision and plan to guide public and private decisions about how the region grows, to foster exceptional quality of life, economic opportunity and a healthy environment for all. This is a project of the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission. Learn more online at greatermadisonvision.com.

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