The City of Madison is ranked #1 in Best Places to Live in Alabama for a reason by niche.com. People flock here from all over to enjoy the quality of life in Madison. With exponential growth comes responsibility of the City to manage infrastructure and other demands. Read more below about the steps Mayor and Council are taking to manage growth, plan for the future, and keep Madison's quality of life a priority.
Since 2016, City Council has not adopted any new residential developments over 3 acres. Madison property values depend upon the success of our school system, and managing growth helps our schools maintain high standards. In 2018, Council passed an official growth policy that supports the reduction of high-density residential developments.
The Madison Schools Growth Impact Committee was formed in 2017 to research and develop a plan to keep our Madison City Schools as the best K-12 educational value in the State of Alabama. Through their research, City Council and the School Board were able to determine a 12 mil increase in property tax was necessary to support growth within the schools. The property tax amendment passed in 2019, and our schools were able to start construction on a new elementary and middle school. The committee's full reports are available at the link.
Madison's Transportation Master Plan strategically plans for city infrastructure needs through research and projections for the next 20 years. This study helps define corridors and roads that will need attention for traffic flow.
Adopted in 2016, the West Side Master Plan will be used to evaluate land use decisions, guide public capital improvements and develop implementation measures to facilitate development of the Plan's area.