Originally launched in 1999, the BUILD program partners with Dane County communities to plan and implement infill development through planning grants.  Infill development is defined as the economic use of vacant land, or restoration or rehabilitation of existing structures or infrastructure, in already urbanized areas where water, sewer, and other public services are in place, that maintains the continuity of the original community fabric.  BUILD grants help pay for planning consultants who assist communities with preparation of infill plans.

The activities of the BUILD program are guided by the Dane County Executive, the Dane County Board of Supervisors, and the BUILD Advisory Committee.

Progress Report

  • BUILD Progress Report - This report provides information about the progress of projects funded since the inception of Dane County's BUILD program in 1999 through 2006.


Summary of BUILD Grants 1999 - 2006
Total Grants: 66
Municipalities receiving grants: 27
Total Grant Amount: $960,000
Total Municipal Match: $509,200
Total Project Costs: $1,469,200
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Summary of Infill Development Projects
Stemming from BUILD-Funded plans
Residential Units: 789
Commercial Square Feet: 625,727
Public Investment (millions): $66.66
Private Investment (millions): $152.26
Downtown Facade Improvements: 53
Downtown Streetscape Investments (millions): $2.75

Examples of Past BUILD Funded Projects

  • Downtown Master Plans (Village of McFarland)
  • Downtown Marketing Plan (Village of DeForest)
  • Gateway Plans (Village of Black Earth)
  • Tax Increment District (TID) study (Village of Oregon)
  • Hamlet Plans (Town of Windsor)
  • Market Studies (City of Madison)
  • Reuse Analysis (City of Sun Prairie)
  • Streetscape Plans (City of Stoughton)
  • Parking Study/Green Space Plan (Village of Cambridge)
  • Commercial Redevelopment Plans (Village of Maple Bluff)
  • Design Guidelines (Village of Cross Plains)
  • Feasibility Studies (Village of Belleville)
  • Intergovernmental Plans (Town and Village of Cottage Grove)