Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC) Future Urban Development Area (FUDA)

Dane County, Wisconsin
Capital Area Regional Planning Commission and the Wisconsin Public Health Association

Last fall, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Capital Region a $2 million, three-year Sustainable Community Regional Planning Grant (SCRPG). The Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC) serves as the lead agency for the grant. Recognizing that regional challenges - healthy environment, mobility, economic opportunities for all, and quality of life - require collaborative and integrated approaches, the grant work fosters regional collaboration, conducts planning and pursues demonstration projects for sustainable communities. One of the major projects is CARPC’s Future Urban Development Area (FUDA) planning. The goals of this project were to: conduct a rapid HIA to assess potential impacts of the FUDA alternative plans, provide recommendations to the community steering committee, and to disseminate this project to provide a case study to inform future partnerships between community planners and public health in Wisconsin. The purpose of FUDA planning is to protect vital natural resources, promote efficient development, and preserve farmland through cooperative planning for long-term growth. The FUDA plans shall also consider other factors including the impacts on natural and built systems, the efficient use of land including urban densities, and the ability to efficiently provide services to support the development and farmland preservation planning. Though the grant specifies health as a key priority, health and public health partners have not been formal partners. Conducting rapid HIAs on the FUDA plans added value to the process by adding a public health lens to the planning process.  

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