Q: Why is Edgewood seeking a termination of their Master Plan as opposed to an amendment? A:Edgewood seeks equal treatment with other Madison schools. No other city school has been asked to adopt a master plan to allow uses or, in the case of the University of Wisconsin, to amend its master plan to allow uses. To that end, Edgewood and the City disagree on whether voluntary master plans that automatically expire regulate uses. Rather than litigate this disagreement, Edgewood has agreed to forego the many benefits of the Master Plan and consent to the Mayor sponsoring an ordinance that would terminate the Master Plan before it expires.
Q: How does terminating the Master Plan benefit Edgewood? A: By the City terminating the Master Plan early Edgewood will be agreeing to forego the benefits of the Master Plan, however, the City has indicated Edgewood would then be placed on “equal footing” with other Campus-Institutional zoned properties upon termination of the Master Plan.
Q: If a termination of the Master Plan is approved, could lights and a sound system be added to the field without going through a city approval process? A: Edgewood’s understanding is that upon termination of the Master Plan, whether that happens now or when the plan automatically expires, the City will subject Edgewood to the same ordinances and processes applied to the other schools in the City with Campus-Institutional zoning designations.
Q: Will this decision allow Edgewood to host athletic events? A: Yes, Edgewood would be able to host athletic games just like other schools located in Campus Institutional Districts.
Q: How will this affect the stadium upgrade plans? A: If the Master Plan is terminated, the City has stated that any subsequent individual development proposals “that exceed four thousand (4,000) square feet in floor area, including the construction of bathrooms, concessions stands or locker rooms associated with the athletic field, would require conditional use approval, to which the City could attach conditions related to the use of the entire facility.” (John W. Strange, Assistant City Attorney, Madison, Wisconsin, July 17, 2019)
Q: Is Edgewood considering appealing the Zoning Board of Appeals decision?
A: Edgewood has not relinquished any of its rights to appeal the ZBA’s decision.