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“Shaping Dane” Community Demonstration Project Presents Town-Hall Meeting And “E-Meeting” To Discuss Land Use Issues

A Verona town-hall meeting to discuss community growth and land-use issues will be held at 7 p.m., February 24th at Verona City Hall, 111 Lincoln St. A town-hall Web site designed to inspire political discussion (www.cybercivic.com), and Verona cable station VHAT 12 will simulcast meeting. Citizens unable to attend can ask questions via the Web site or tune in to cable channel 12 and phone in questions.

As part of a national community-demonstration project, the meeting will introduce citizens to a process by which they can become “virtual planners” to help address land use issues. In coming months, Verona citizens can learn about issues and the planning process, and gain access to maps and planning tools online so they can visualize growth management options in the Verona community.

This is part of a community demonstration project – one of six nationwide – called “Shaping Dane,” which is facilitated by Dane County, the UW-Madison Land Information & Computer Graphics Facility, and several federal and private partners. The goal is to give people a stronger voice in deciding how their community should grow.

The town-hall meeting will focus on the use of geographic information systems and other information technologies used in land-use decision-making. Topics will include Natural Areas and Environmental Corridors, Farmland Preservation, and Growth Management, among others.

Participants will include representatives from the city and town of Verona, Dane County, and the Land Information & Computer Graphics Facility.

Pete Jacobs, founder of Cybercivic.com, will moderate the on-line forum. Log on at www.cybercivic.com or www.lic.wisc.edu/shapingdane.