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Polluted water? Dried up springs? Sprawl? Higher taxes?

You don’t want any of those, right? So…

Oppose the Northeast Neighborhood Plan!

The time is NOW to halt development of this precious area!


Northeast Neighborhood Plan Public Hearing

Tuesday, September 4th

7:00 PM at the Fitchburg City Hall,

5520 Lacy Rd.

Before public testimony, Professor Cal DeWitt will make a 20 minute presentation to the Commission on his latest research about the water resources of the area and how development puts our precious resources at terrible risk. This will be followed by 10 minutes of Q&A with the Commissioners.

Then it is your turn. Make your voice heard and tell the Commissioners that you won’t trade away everyone’s water for the profits of developers.

Why should I oppose this plan?

For the sake of Lake Waubesa

Lake Waubesa and its critically important wetlands are threatened by pollutants and phosphorus carried from developments by stormwater runoff. Most of the Northeast Neighborhood (NEN) drains into Lake Waubesa. Millions of dollars of public and private money have been spent to protect ecologically valuable land just east and south of the NEN. This investment is just as important as that of housing developers.  The city has a duty to protect a regional jewel like Lake Waubesa, and our groundwater as well.

For the sake of Fitchburg taxpayers

New development in the NEN would cost the current residents tens of thousands of dollars to bring in sewer and water lines.  It could also raise taxes for all Fitchburg residents, to pay in perpetuity for schools, fire, police, ambulance, garbage, and street services.

Why expand the Urban Services Area (USA) to include the NEN when there is plenty of land left to develop within the USA; places that already have sewer and water lines?

For the sake of our water supply

How many homes can our aquifer support?  Should we add thousands more homes without knowing whether there is enough clean water for all? Waukesha, New Berlin, and Green Bay are examples of cities that have depleted their clean groundwater and Waukesha must spend tens of millions of dollars to clean the contaminated water that's left. 

For the sake of our quality of life

We love living near woods and farms.  We’ve made that clear in surveys.  So why are members of the Plan Commission and Common Council considering destroying a 868-acre parcel of woods and farms, with so much developable land left that is closer to the future city center?

Do you want to live in a metropolitan area that is solidly built out for miles from downtown Madison, like Chicago is?  Or would you prefer a pattern of “corridors and wedges,” with cities or villages built around train stations, with large wedges of farmland or natural space in between these corridors?

The NEN is a “wedge” of farmland that is only 30 min. by bike from the Isthmus.  It is already an oasis of beauty and calm. It could become a center for sustainable agriculture as well: but only if it is kept out of the Urban Services Area.

If you value having a healthy lake, ample clean water to drink, and quiet unspoiled areas near Madison, let Fitchburg’s leaders know today!

You can make a difference!

Join us on September 4th and let your voice be heard!

To learn more:

Visit our website at:  www.westwaubesa.org and click on Issues, then Northeast Neighborhood Development

Read “Comments from 7/12/07 Public Meeting” about the proposed NE Neighborhood plan on the Fitchburg City website at:  http://www.city.fitchburg.wi.us/planning_zoning/NortheastNeighborhood.php