Planning & Development Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

In light of the emerging COVID-19 crisis, the Dane County Planning & Development office will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC effective 4:30pm, Wednesday March 18th. Department staff will continue to answer questions and process zoning applications via phone and email, where possible.

Make. Do.

Space for Creative Endeavors.

Art Workspace


Artists living in Dane County have identified the access to affordable work and rehearsal space as their most critical need. Meanwhile, many vacant and underutilized commercial, industrial and other nonresidential buildings go unrented, sitting on the market for months or even years. Why aren’t these two groups getting together? A new study from the Dane County Department of Planning and Development hopes to find the answer to that question.


Research from around the United States suggests that attraction and retention of creative artistic talent is a key component to economic development in the twenty-first century. The Dane County Department of Planning and Development has initiated "Make. Do" a countywide effort to make sure that Dane County creative professionals and hobbyists find places to create, rehearse and produce their work. Through online surveys of artists, property owners and municipalities, Dane County hopes to match artists of all kinds looking for work space with those who have the space to rent. The effort will also offer an opportunity to learn about, and inventory communities’ cultural assets, and will provide a great step toward growing the creative economy.

November 15, 2012 Workshop


The Make. Do. Surveys are now closed. Thanks to the hundreds of artists, property owners and municipal officials who participated.

Survey Results

More About this Project

Dane County Executive Press Release
Project Summary
Contact Us

Brian Standing, Senior Planner
(608) 267- 4115

Pamela Andros, Senior Planner
(608) 261-9780

Dane County Department of Planning & Development
Room 116, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703


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