We are a non-profit organization founded in 2003 by
real estate developers
active in the Madison area
Smart Growth Greater Madison (Smart Growth) was founded in 2003 by a group of local real estate developers to represent the voice of the real estate development community in Madison. Later, the scope of the organization was expanded to include all of Dane County. Developers of office buildings, mixed-use buildings, multi-family housing, hotels, retail spaces, industrial buildings, and residential subdivisions continue to be the Principal Members of Smart Growth.
Businesses and organizations that are not developers but are involved in real estate development and construction in Dane County are invited to join Smart Growth to support its important mission (see link to our mission below) and for networking and business development opportunities. These Associate Members include property managers, general contractors, subcontractors, architecture firms, construction managers, engineering firms, consulting firms, accounting firms, law firms, commercial lenders, title companies, insurance brokers, and labor organizations.
Owners and employees of member companies are encouraged to participate in Smart Growth's events and receive Smart Growth's communications about proposed public policy initiatives that would impact real estate development and construction.
Below are Smart Growth's Principal Members. Click on a Principal Member's name to see its website.
Smart Growth is advocating or has recently advocated for our members on the following important public policy issues:
White Paper re Impacts on the Supply and Price of Housing in Madison
This paper, published on February 17, 2022, explains the impacts of recent Madison city government actions on the supply and price of housing. ...READ MORE
Transportation Demand Management
Madison Transportation Department staff have been working with the Plan Commission, alder sponsors and stakeholder...READ MORE
Dane County Stormwater Ordinance
In December 2021, the Dane County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance imposing stormwater managment requirements...READ MORE
Madison Ordinance to Encourage More Housing Development
In June 2021, the Madison Common Council adopted an ordinance which increased the number of housing units...READ MORE
Proactive Zoning in Madison
In the vast majority of communities in the U.S., the future land use maps in comprehensive plans, master plans an...READ MORE
Madison Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Ordinance
Starting in 2021, new multi-family housing buildings, mixed-use buildings and certain commercial buildings must...READ MORE
Third Thursday Happy Hour
Thursday, August 18, 2022
433 W Washington Ave, Madison
Third Thursday Happy Hour
Thursday, September 15, 2022
4:00 - 6:00 PM
722 Williamson St, Madison
Smart Growth's annual golf outing is the premier gathering of professionals involved in real estate development and construction in Dane County, usually drawing 170 golfers plus exhibitors. In addition, Smart Growth organizes other fun gatherings throughout the year for members to socialize and network with each other.
Smart Growth members gather with key staff leaders in communities throughout Dane County to help our members be aware of development opportunities in those communities. These gatherings also offer members the opportunity to socialize and network with each other.
Smart Growth brings in speakers on topics of interest to members. The presentations and question and answer sessions are followed by a happy hour gathering.
Knowledge & Networking
Members are encouraged to have some of their owners or employees serve on the Public Policy Committee or Events & Membership Committee. The Public Policy Committee researches and writes public policy positions for the Board of Directors to consider. The Events & Membership Committee plans the annual golf outing and other networking, social and educational events which enhance the value of membership in Smart Growth.