Dane County Sheriff’s Office Reminder: Be extra vigilant about locking homes, garages and vehicles.

Citizens should be extra vigilant about locking their homes, garages and vehicles and all entrance doors to homes and garages. Do not leave vehicles unlocked with garage door openers in them or with any valuables in plain site. Most burglaries are when vehicles, homes, garages, and businesses leave a door unlocked. These are some of the easiest crimes to prevent with a little vigilance on the part of everyone.  Be watchful of activity in your neighborhood and report anything suspicious to law enforcement immediately.

Dane County Sheriff’s Office Press Release: Press release: Burglaries and Stolen Vehicles


You can Help Keep our Town Roads Beautiful!

The Town of Dane has joined the State of Wisconsin DOT Adopt-a-Highway Program to help keep our town roads beautiful!  An individual, family or group can sponsor a 2-mile segment of a road in the Town of Dane, and will be responsible for picking up litter on the segment at least 3 times a year between April 1 and November 1.  No fee is charged for the program.  For much more information please see “Town of Dane Adopt-a-Road” under “Community” on our web site townofdane.org. To join contact the Town Chair ([email protected]).


Save the Milkweed, Save the Monarchs!

Help save the monarch butterfly by not mowing or spraying the milkweed! Milkweed is the only plant where monarchs lay their eggs.  Please read the letter to our residents from the Butterfly Ambassadors, 3rd Grade students at Prairie Elementary in Waunakee:

Milkweed and Monarchs


The Town of Dane is looking for pictures for our Image Gallery

The Town of Dane is looking for pictures for the Image Gallery on the Town web site:  http://townofdane.org/image-gallery/

  • We are interested in good pictures that you have taken in the Town: wildlife, farms, flowers, landscapes etc.  We would also love to have old pictures of the “early days” in the Town of Dane.
  • You can email pictures to Kendra ([email protected]) or contact her for more information. If you have any pictures that need to be scanned, please contact Kendra for details.
  • Contemporary pictures should be about 0.5 to 1 MB in size or at least 1200-1600 pixels wide, although we can work with smaller images.
  • Please limit locations to the Town of Dane and include where the picture was taken. For old pictures size does not matter, but please include a description of where/who/when if possible.
  • We will never use your full name or any contact information on the web site.

The Town of Dane Transfer of Development Rights Program

Ordinance # 2016-12-01

The Town of Dane Transfer of Development Rights Program

Limited Transfers Between Parcels Allowed: Transfers of permitted dwelling units between any two or more contiguous or non-contiguous Agricultural Preservation Area parcels within the Town of Dane may be allowed. Most of the following conditions should be met for the transfer to be allowed:

a.  The parcel to which the dwelling units are to be transferred should be generally less suitable for agricultural use than the parcel(s) from which the dwelling units are to be transferred, AND

b.  The overall development density of the parcel to which the dwelling units are to be transferred shall not, following the transfer, exceed four dwelling units per 35 acres. AND

c.  The parcel(s) from which the dwelling units are proposed to be transferred (sending area) must clearly have a sufficient number of dwelling units left to transfer under the Town’s density policy, AND

d.  Prior to the rezoning becoming effective, all deed restrictions and easements must be added to the deeds of all affected parcels (including appropriate June 28, 1979 parcels) restricting further development to the extent that fair application of the Town density policy suggests, AND

e.  The Town shall utilize The Dane County TDR ordinance zoning districts TDR-S (DCCO 10.158) & TDR-R  (DCCO 10.159) to implement Town TDR Policy

f.   The Town shall notify all owners of property adjacent to or across a public street from the parcel to which the dwelling units are to be transferred of a public hearing on the proposal at the Town level.

g.  No Ratios: At no time will the Town of Dane Transfer of Development Rights Program increase the total number of housing rights from the number originally available as of June 28, 1979.