- Community & Economic Development
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Community Development Plans
- Comprehensive Plan
- Dane County Hazard Mitigation Plan, 2022
- Downtown Strategic Market Analysis Opportunities Assessment
- East Basin Utility Service Study
- East Side Neighborhood Growth Area Plan
- Facilities Master Plan
- Highway 51 Corridor Concept Plan
- Hotel Feasibility Study
- Outdoor Recreation & Open Space Plan
- Park Master Plans & Studies
- Redevelopment District Number 1 (TID Number 3)
- Redevelopment District Number 2 (TID Number 4)
- Sustainability Plan
- Tax Increment Finance District Number 3
- Tax Increment Finance District Number 4
- Tax Increment Finance District Number 5
- Terminal & Triangle District Plan
- Village Center Master Plan
- V. McFarland & T. Dunn Agreement
In August 2017, the Village adopted a full update to its Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a guide for the development, revitalization, and preservation of the McFarland area over the next 10 to 20 years. It covers a variety of topics, including land use, transportation, natural resources, housing, and economic development.
View the Comprehensive Plan.
The Dane County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan began its update in Summer 2021 and included 30 communities within the county. The 2022 collaboration is aligned with the 5-year schedule for plan update that was previously completed in 2018. The multi-jurisdictional plan update will provide participating communities support to grant opportunities, funding sources, regional collaborative efforts, and emergency planning. The Village of McFarland submitted its plans to Dane County and, as a region, submitted the compiled plans to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approval. On December 19, 2022, FEMA approved of the plan submittal. Use the following link to view the approved plans to learn more about each municipality's mitigation plans.
Adopted January 2010
With the creation of Tax Increment District Number 4 as an economic development tool, this study provides guidance on how to deploy and target this resource within the Village's downtown. An overview of current market conditions and trends is included, together with identifying opportunities for the area to develop niche markets in targeted sectors. Several key sites where improvements could be accommodated are identified. This study identifies the most promising short term (next five years) market opportunities and the necessary action.
View the Downtown Strategic Market Analysis Opportunities Assessment (PDF).
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the existing wastewater and public water utility service capabilities within the Village of McFarland's East Basin and quantify and plan for the impacts of projected future community growth on these systems.
Adopted March 10, 2008
This Plan was created in response to a recommendation in the 2006 Comprehensive Plan to prepare a more detailed plan for lands east of the Village boundary. Preparation of this document took into consideration an extensive array of previous plans, existing conditions, demographic and economic analysis, and input from the public.
Accepted June 20, 2017
In 2017 the Village of McFarland completed a long-range Facilities Master Plan. This work included programming of needs and master planning of Village facilities to define a 10 year development plan. The purpose of the Facilities Master Plan is to help effectively guide the Village in planning for the infrastructure needed to support both the anticipated growth needs in services, as well as current shortcomings while maintaining the Village mission, vision, and strategic goals. Central to this study has been the focus to define a solution that integrates a community center services (Youth Center and Senior Services) while meeting department needs simultaneously.
View the 2017 Village of McFarland Facilities Master Plan (PDF).
This Plan was created in collaboration with the Village's Urban Forestry Committee to provide recommendations and strategies to address aesthetic improvements within the Highway 51 corridor. Completion of a Master Concept Plan for this important corridor was recommended in the Village's Comprehensive Plan.
View the Highway 51 Corridor Concept Plan (PDF).
The Lodging Market Feasibility Study provides an overview of information concerning the market area and the factors that would affect the possible development of a hotel facility in McFarland.
View the Lodging Market Feasibility Study (PDF).
Adopted May 28, 2019
Since the 1990s, the Village has been developing Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Plans to guide the development of parks and recreational amenities within the Village. This plan is typically updated every five years to maintain relevancy and eligibility for state and federal recreational grant opportunities.
In addition to the Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Plan, the Village has developed more detailed park master plans and studies to guide the development of recreational amenities.
- Community Park and McFarland Park Master Plan - 2021 (PDF)
- Inclusive Playground Master Plan - 2020 (PDF)
- Public Facilities Needs Assessment for Parks - January 27, 2020 (PDF)
- McFarland Aquatic Study - March 3, 2019 (PDF)
- Urso Schuetz Park Master Plan - 2017 (PDF)
- McDaniel Park Master Plan - 2017 (PDF)
- Indian Mounds Vegetation Assessment - December 13, 2010 (PDF)
- Indian Mound Policy - August 9, 2010 (PDF)
- Management Plan for Conservancy Parks - 2007 (PDF)
- Brandt Park Master Plan - 2006 (PDF)
Adopted July 12, 2010
Redevelopment District Number 1 encompasses properties located within Tax Increment Finance District (TID) Number 3. This area acts as a gateway to the community on the north with Highway 51 providing a major transportation corridor directly linking the Village to the City of Madison Metropolitan Area, the I90/94 Interstate corridor, and all communities to the south along Highway 51. The Redevelopment Plan provides the Village with a vehicle to enable the Community Development Authority to participate in redevelopment projects and also use Lease Revenue Bonds to finance infrastructure improvements.
View the District Boundary and Project Plan for Redevelopment District Number 1 for TID Number 3 (PDF).
Adopted July 12, 2010
Redevelopment District Number 2 encompasses properties located within Tax Increment Finance District (TID) Number 4. This area can best be described as encompassing the historic Downtown and properties to the west along Farwell Street. The Redevelopment Plan will provide the Village with a vehicle to enable the Community Development Authority to participate in redevelopment projects and also use Lease Revenue Bonds to finance infrastructure improvements.
View the Redevelopment District Number 2 Plan for TIF Number 4 (PDF)
On July 26, 2021 the Village Board accepted the Village of McFarland Sustainability Plan upon recommendation from the Village's Ad-Hoc Sustainability Committee. The Village's Ad-Hoc Sustainability Committee met monthly over the course of a year to develop a Sustainability Plan for the Village of McFarland. The creation of this plan is meant to contain a guiding vision, measurable objectives, and targeted strategies (plans of action) intended to help the Village practically implement ideas for operating more efficient and sustainable.
View the Sustainability Plan (PDF)
Adopted August 9, 2004, Amended 2007 and 2015
Tax Increment Finance District (TID) Number 3 includes properties along Highway 51 from Vogus Road to Siggelkow Road in the Village. The purpose of TID Number 3 is to encourage redevelopment and rehabilitation of blighted and under utilized properties to encourage business development, improve job opportunities, property assessments, public infrastructure, aesthetics, retail and housing choices. Properties within TID Number 3 are subject to site and building design standards in addition to those found in Section 62-310 of the Village's Zoning Code.
- TID Number 3 Project Plan (PDF)
- Amendment Number 1 Project Plan TID Number 3 (PDF)
- Amendment Number 2 Project Plan TID Number 3 (PDF)
- Section 62-73 Terminal and Triangle Design Guidelines Overlay District (PDF)
- Terminal and Triangle District Plan - Appendix A - Site and Building Design Standards by Subdistrict (PDF)
Adopted January 14, 2008, Amended 2015
Tax Increment Finance District (TID) Number 4 includes properties encompassing the historic Downtown and properties along Farwell and Bashford Streets. The purpose of TID Number 4 is to encourage redevelopment and rehabilitation of blighted and under utilized properties to encourage business development, improve job opportunities, property assessments, public infrastructure, aesthetics, retail and housing choices. Properties within TID Number 4 are subject to site and building design standards in addition to those found in Sec. 62-310 of the Village's Zoning Code.
Adopted November 11, 2017
Tax Increment Finance District (TID) Number 5 includes properties with the vicinity of Highway 51 and Farwell Street. The purpose of TID Number 5 is to encourage redevelopment and rehabilitation of blighted and under utilized properties to encourage business development, improve job opportunities, property assessments, public infrastructure, aesthetics, retail, and housing choices. Properties within TID Number 5 are subject to site and building design standards in addition to those found in Section 62-310 of the Village's Zoning Code.
Adopted September 8, 2005
The Terminal and Triangle District Plan serves as a guide for new public and private investments within Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District Number 3, located along Terminal Drive extending from Highway 51 on the north to Siggelkow Road on the south, and along Triangle Drive east of Highway 51 in the Meinders Road area. Most of these properties are presently used for industrial and distribution purposes. While this area encompasses TIF Number 3, properties at the north end of Terminal Drive that are in the City of Madison are also included. These City lands were incorporated in consultation with City staff and affected property owners. The Terminal and Triangle District Plan advises a proactive program of redevelopment for economic purposes within this critical part of the Village.
- Cover (PDF)
- Terminal Triangle District Plan (PDF)
- Map 1 - Regional Influences (PDF)
- Map 2 - Planned Land Use (PDF)
- Map 4 - Highway 51 Design Subdistrict (PDF)
- Map 5 - Beltline-Oriented Commercial Subdistrict (PDF)
- Map 6 - Mixed-use Lakeview Village (PDF)
- Appendix A - Site and Building Design Standards (PDF)
- Appendix B - Beltline Oriented Commercial Subdistrict Site and Building Design Checklist (PDF)
- Appendix B - Highway 51 Subdistrict Site and Building Design Checklist (PDF)
- Appendix B - Industrial Center Subdistrict Site and Building Design Checklist (PDF)
- Appendix B - Meinders Triangle Subdistrict Site and Building Design Checklist (PDF)
- Appendix B - Mixed Use Lakeview Village Subdistrict Site and Building Design Checklist (PDF)
Adopted September 30, 1999
Funded in part by Dane County's Better Urban Infill Development (BUILD) program, this Plan was designed to promote infill development and redevelopment by providing a vision and strategy for ensuring the long-term health and vitality of McFarland's historic downtown area. This planning effort included a multi-day design workshop and follow-up meetings with the public. The Plan provided ideas for land use, streetscaping, historic preservation, traffic and circulation, community facilities, and building facade improvements.
View the Village Center Master Plan (PDF).
On February 28, 2005, the Village of McFarland and the Town of Dunn entered into an Intermunicipal Cooperation Agreement. This agreement provides mutual stipulates regarding several aspects of long-term growth and development in the Village and Town. The agreement runs through December 31, 2005.
Village of McFarland Town of Dunn Intermunicipal Cooperation Agreement (pdf)