Wis. legislator: Extend Capitol height limit

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin legislator wants to expand height restrictions on Madison buildings to protect the view of the state Capitol.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that Sen. Fred Risser, a Madison Democrat, plans to introduce a bill that would enlarge zone where buildings can't be higher than the base of the Capitol's dome from the current one-mile radius to two miles. The new zone would include the UW-Madison campus.

Risser says a spate of recent building projects prompted him to draft the bill. But Carole Schaeffer, executive director for Smart Growth Madison, called the move overkill. Madison city officials say they're not aware of any current or planned building construction that would interfered with the view of the Capitol.

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