Letter to the Plan Commission

This letter was submitted to the City of Madison Plan Commission on October 31, 2018.


 
 

From: No New Stadium

To:
Ken Opin, Chair
Plan Commission
City of Madison

 cc:
Heather Stouder, Director
City of Madison Planning Division

 October 31, 2018

Dear Chairman Opin:

 We are a grassroots group of concerned citizens that formed after the public meeting held at Edgewood High School on October 17, 2018. We strongly oppose Edgewood’s recently unveiled plan to turn its new athletic field into a stadium with 1,200 seats, 80-foot high-mount night lighting and an amplified sound system. We respectfully request that you circulate this letter to the members of the Plan Commission prior to the November 5, 2018 meeting.

 Under the existing Campus Master Plan, approved in 2015, Edgewood built a $1.5 million outdoor athletic field. At that time, the neighborhood was led to believe the field would be used for practices only, and would not include lights or a sound system. Edgewood High School president Mike Elliott declared in the Wisconsin State Journal (6/15/2015), that neighborhood associations have been “opposed to us having lights or playing games here. We’re … building this to be able to give our athletes the practice facilities that provide the best surfaces possible.”

 Three years later, Edgewood has changed course and now plans to add a stadium to the practice field. They propose to host night events for football, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, and numerous other unlit sporting events during the day and early evening that would use amplified sound. This is a significant change in use of a significant part of their campus, which will have a significant impact on the neighborhood.

 A Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Association survey in April 2017 showed two-thirds of respondents were opposed. Recently, David Hoffert, president of DMNA, stated that since the 2017 survey, “the rough breakdown of two-thirds opposed and one-third in support has [not] significantly changed” (Capital Times, 10/16/18).

 Edgewood claims that neighbors would be largely unaffected because it has a technological fix for the livability problems of bright lights and noise pollution. We believe these claims are unproven. For example, data gathered by Ethan Brodsky, a Dudgeon-Monroe resident who has a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering, at a Waunakee High School football game, call into question the low decibel figures and mitigated light-spill claimed by Edgewood’s vendor. However good the technology, if this stadium is built, there will be additional noise, light and traffic, and increased use over time.

The Campus Institutional Zoning District ordinance Statement of Purpose (sec. 28.097 (1)(c), MGO), says that Campus Master Plans should “balance the ability of major institutions to change … with the need to protect the livability and vitality of adjacent neighborhoods.” There are two criteria listed in the CI Zoning Standards for Master Plan Approval by the Common Council (sec. 29.097 (6)(a) & (b), MGO). The first is that “the Plan shall serve the public interest as well as the interest of the institution developing the plan.” The public interest in reasonable peace and quiet currently cherished by nearby residents would not be served by a continuous series of events punctuated by a play-by-play announcer, pep bands, and crowd noise. This would profoundly change the neighborhood’s essential fabric as a quiet, friendly residential community. The impact to the adjacent neighborhoods will be decidedly negative, with spillover effects on recreational use of Lake Wingra, traffic issues on Monroe Street and neighboring streets, and a tragic breach in relations between Edgewood and its neighbors.

The second CI zoning criterion is “the Plan shall be consistent with the goals of the Comprehensive Plan and adopted neighborhood, corridor or special area plans adjacent to campus boundaries.” The Edgewood proposal is inconsistent with the Monroe Street Commercial District Plan, adopted by the City on March 3, 2007. One of the stated Commercial District Plan goals is “to preserve and enhance the residential character of the neighborhood around the commercial districts” (p.9). With respect to Edgewood specifically, the Plan states that “Edgewood . . . is an important presence on Monroe Street. . . . [It] will be critical for any future plan to carefully coordinate with surrounding neighborhood and land uses to avoid any negative impacts” (p.43).

Moreover, to the extent that a Conditional Use Permit may be required, such a major amendment could not be approved under sec. 28.183(6)(a)3., MGO, because the “uses, values and enjoyment of other property in the neighborhood for purposes already established” will “be substantially impaired or diminished” in a very foreseeable manner. Even if not directly applicable, this standard provides helpful guidance as to what is in the public interest as related to substantial alterations of a CI zoning district Master Plan.

When Edgewood’s request to amend its Campus Master Plan in order to build this stadium comes before the Plan Commission, we will be asking the commission to hold Edgewood to current standards (both those we have referenced and others), reject the request, and protect the adjacent residential neighborhoods.

As stated in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, “Neighborhoods are the basic building block of the city“ (p. 46). We have provided this early communication to let you know how strongly we feel about this, and how committed we are to protecting the quality of life of our community.

 Sincerely,

 Signed:

1.     Catherine Jagoe, 2318 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

2.     Edwin Sibert, 2318 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

3.     Barbara Erlenborn, 2316 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

4.     James Erlenborn, 2316 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI  53711

5.     Rachel Lander, 2010 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

6.     Gail Martinelli, 2317 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

7.     Scott Spoolman, 2317 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

8.     Alida Evans, 2313 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

9.     Joseph Newman, 2313 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

10.  Karen Redfield, 2322 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

11.  Asifa Quraishi-Landes, 2322 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

12.  Matthew Quraishi-Landes, 2322 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

13.  Sandy Stark, 2720 Gregory St, Madison, WI 53711

14.  Robert Fischer, 702 Leonard St, Madison, WI 53711

15.  Susanna Fischer, 702 Leonard St, Madison, WI 53711

16.  Lynn Bjorkman, 1910 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

17.  Arne Alanen, 1910 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

18.  Tracy Lewis, 706 Leonard St, Madison, WI 53711

19.  Susan Nicol, 1901 Commonwealth Ave, Madison, WI 53726

20.  John Nicol, 1901 Commonwealth Ave, Madison, WI 53726

21.  Kathleen Vogel, 638 Sheldon St, Madison, WI 53711

22.  Tamara Bryan, 2254 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

23.  John Chosy, 2254 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

24.  Dan Julie, 2257 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

25.  Colleen Howes, 2257 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

26.  Lyle Laufenburg, 2262 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

27.  Linda Laufenberg, 2262 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

28.  Steve Sadoff, 2256 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

29.  Lisa Burdulis, 2256 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

30.  Melissa Vaughan, 2245 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

31.  Lissa Koop, 2236 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

32.  Dianne Jenkins, 2125 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

33.  Denis Collins, 2125 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

34.  Linda McQuillen, 2107 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

35.  Jane Albert, 2144 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

36.  Carolyn Hogg, 2145 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

37.  David Abbott, 2309 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

38.  Angela Abbott, 2309 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

39.  Jenny Saffran, 1912 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

40.  Seth Pollak, 1912 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

41.  Allison Malacek, 2320 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

42.  Adam Malacek, 2320 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

43.  Shawn Schey, 878 Woodrow St, Madison, WI 53711

44.  James Schey, 878 Woodrow St, Madison, WI 53711

45.  Rebecca Upham, 2259 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

46.  Lynn Keller, 2005 Jefferson St, Madison, WI 5371

47.  Bruce Collick, 708 Leonard St, Madison, WI 53711

48.  Patricia Alea, 708 Leonard St, Madison, WI 53711

49.  Elliott Veith, 708 Leonard St, Madison, WI 53711

50.  Joan Nugent, 1521 Vilas Ave, Madison, WI 53711

51.  Dan Anderson, 1521 Vilas Ave, Madison, WI 53711

52.  Amanda Veith, 2241 Hollister Ave, Madison WI 53726

53.  George Savage, 2443 Commonwealth Ave, Madison, WI 53711

54.  Donna Silver, 2443 Commonwealth Ave, Madison, WI 53711

55.  Catherine J. Gloeckler, 2317 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

56.  Shirley M. Dumas, 2317 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

57.  Dustie L Held, 2301 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

58.  Jeff S. Held, 2301 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

59.  Steve Klaven, 2339 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

60.  Merija Eisen, 2339 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

61.  Tag Evers, 2329 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

62.  Paul Buhle, 2341 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

63.  Mari Jo Buhle, 2341 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

64.  Jackie Domini Rose, 2372 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

65.  Jamie Domini, 2372 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

66.  Sally Jerney, 2372 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

67.  Menzie Chinn, 2325 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

68.  Laura Schwendinger, 2325 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

69.  Jeff Vanderwood, 2352 Commonwealth Ave, Madison, WI 53711

70.  Sheila Vanderwood, 2352 Commonwealth Ave, Madison, WI 53711

71.  Ben Yahr, 2332 Fitchburg Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53593 (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Friends of Lake Wingra)

72.  Marie Trest, 2310 Monroe St, Madison WI 53711

73.  Dennis Trest, 2310 Monroe St, Madison WI 53711

74.  Alta A. Johnson, 2264 Monroe St, Madison WI 53711

75.  Timothy D. Johnson, 2264 Monroe St, Madison WI 53711

76.  Pam Cramer, 2318 Monroe St, Madison WI 53711

77.  Ron Cramer, 2318 Monroe St, Madison WI 53711

78.  Jacob Notbohm, 2314 Monroe St, Madison WI 53711

79.  Nicole Broekema, 2314 Monroe St, Madison WI 53711

80.  Mary Lou Nord, 2332 Monroe St, Madison WI 53711

81.  Jessica Weeks, 2234 West Lawn Ave, Madison WI 53711

82.  John Wolf, 1921 Madison St, Madison WI 

83.  Susan Wolf, 1921 Madison St, Madison WI 

84.  Lyschel Bersch, 413 Grand Ave, Madison WI 53705

85.  Gretchen Twietmeyer, 2260 West Lawn Ave, Madison WI 53711

86.  Jim Wear, 2254 West Lawn Ave, Madison WI 53711

87.  Ziva Wear, 2254 West Lawn Ave, Madison WI 53711

88.  Mary Erdman, 638 Sheldon St, Madison WI 53711

89.  Donna Wilson, 638 Sheldon St, Madison WI 53711

90.  Scott Wilson, 613 Sheldon St, Madison WI 53711

91.  Jeff Mandell, 2148 West Lawn Ave, Madison WI 53711

92.  Sara Rostolder Mandell, 2148 West Lawn Ave, Madison WI 53711

93.  James Rosebery, 2220 West Lawn Ave, Madison WI 53711

94.  Susan O’Leary, 2220 West Lawn Ave, Madison WI 53711

95.  Patricia Wafer, 734 Western Ave, Madison WI 53711

96.  James Lake, 738 Western Ave, Madison WI 53711

97.  Ruth Robarts, 3726 Gregory St, Madison, WI 53711

98.  Fred Schrank, 2313 Keyes Ave, Madison, WI 53711

99.  Ritesh  Rihani, 2242 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

100. Mary Rihani, 2242 West Lawn, Madison, WI 53711

101. Brad Boyce, 938 Woodrow St, Madison, WI 53711

102.  Claire Boyce, 938 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

103. Dave Leeper, 866 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

104. Debi Leeper, 866 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

105. John Hauser, 865 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

106. Jennifer Kushner, 865 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

107. Dennis Kienbaum, 858 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

108. Beth Kienbaum, 858 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

109.  Mary Jones, 4846 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

110. Bill Barker, 830 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

111. Susan Paskewitz, 830 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

112. Tricia Smith, 850 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

113. Mike Smith, 850 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

114. Karl Knauf, 833 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

115. Phil McClarey, 857 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

116. Angel McClarey, 857 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

117.  Susan Nuttall, 821 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711 

118. Lynn Paskewitz, 826 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

119. Paul Guilbault, 877 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

120. Pam Guilbault, 877 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

121. Ann Recob, 885 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

122.  Craig Recob, 885 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

123.  Karen Fennema, 873 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

124. Bruce King, 873 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

125. Mark Powell, 881 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

126. Karen Powell, 881 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

127. Dan Klabund, 841 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

128.  Mary Ann Feutz, 841 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

129. Carol Sander, 838 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

130. David Vanderti, 838 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

131. Ann Rifenberg, 834 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

132.  Barb Zahn, 834 Terry Place, Madison, WI 53711

133. Char Thompson, 2716 Gregory Street, Madison, WI 53711

134. Ann Clark, 2525 Gregory Street, Madison, WI 53711

135. Allen Clark, 2525 Gregory Street, Madison, WI 53711

136. Rebecca Cole, 2824 Gregory Street, Madison, WI 53711

137.  Jim Lake, 738 Western Ave, Madison, WI 53711

138. Susan Slapnick, 1723 Summit Ave, Madison, WI 53711

139. Patricia Chevis, 2914 Arbor Drive, Madison, WI 53711

140. Summer Jarosky, 2033 Frazer Place, Madison, WI 53715

141. Joel Jarosky, 2033 Frazer Place, Madison, WI 53715

142. Tyler Leeper, 822 West Shore Drive, Madison, WI 53715

143. Kate Holt, 822 West Shore Drive, Madison, WI 53715

144.  Linda Gordon, 2121 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

145. Allen Hunter, 2121 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

146.  Marcia Standiford, 2122 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

147.  Ken Ferencek, 2122 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

148. Susan Gevelber, 2138 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

149. John Kalfayan, 2343 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI 53711

150.  Mike Kanel, 2824 Gregory St, Madison, WI 53711

151.  Steve Glass, 1306 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711

152. Yael Gen, 860 Woodrow St., Madison, WI 53711

153.  Jeffrey Jerred, 860 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

154.  Teresa Nyholt, 812 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

155.  Bob Meyer, 812 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

156. Marc Gartler, 820 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

157.  Christine Gartler, 820 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

158.  David Zimmerman, 2138 West Lawn, Madison, WI  53711

159. Ethan Brodsky, 866 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

160. Scott Statz, 810 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

161.  Sue Statz, 810 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

162.  Kay Gabriel, 826 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

163. Fiona McTavish, 826 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

164.  Josephine Harter, 2129 Keyes Ave., Madison, WI  53711

165. Simone Schweber, 2139 West Lawn, Madison, WI  53711

166.  Charles Vetzner, 30 Virginia Terrace, Madison, WI  53726

167. Arleen Wolek, 30 Virginia Terrace, Madison, WI  53726

168. Mary V. Bowman, 5 Wintergreen Trail, Madison, WI  53717

169. Rosemary Dorney, 4205 Odana Rd, Madison, WI  53711

170. Andrew Cusick, 836 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

171. Laura Oflanagan, 862 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

172.  Paul Oflanagan, 862 Woodrow St., Madison, WI  53711

173. Jeff Vanderwood, 2352 Commonwealth Ave., Madison, WI  53711

174.  Sheila Vanderwood, 2352 Commonwealth Ave., Madison, WI  53711