12:00 to 1:00 pm via Zoom

The Innovative Cities Lecture Series

“City of Madison: Successes in Affordable Housing Implementation” presentation by Larry Kilmer, II, Deputy Director for the City of Madison’s Community Development Authority, and Matt Wachter, Director of the City of Madison’s Department of Planning, Community, and Economic Development.

AICP CM Credit # 9285768

Lecture Summary:

For nearly ten years the City of Madison has been taking steps to increase the number of affordable housing units in the city. Through neighborhood planning efforts, zoning changes, ADU financing, and the creation of an Affordable Housing Fund, Madison has seen developers create more than 2,000 affordable housing units during this timeframe. Now, through its Community Development Authority (CDA), Madison is stepping in to lead development efforts with plans to double publicly controlled affordable housing units over the next decade.

Learn about the toolkit created by the City of Madison to make affordable housing development easier. Then, learn about the Madison CDA’s efforts grow its affordable housing portfolio, alongside development partners, and the steps taken to assemble sites using land banking, engage with residents and community stakeholders, identify financing, and navigate numerous HUD repositioning programs like RAD, Section 18, and Section 32.


Larry Kilmer, II is currently the Deputy Director for the City of Madison’s Community Development Authority. In this role, he is responsible for a staff of 55 that manage more than 1,000 affordable housing units and nearly 2,400 housing vouchers. Larry is deeply involved with the agency’s efforts to reposition public housing units into the Section 8 program, increase the number of affordable housing units in Madison, and grow affordable homeownership opportunities.

Prior to his work with the CDA, Larry worked for the City of Milwaukee for nearly eight years overseeing homeownership lending and rehabilitation programs for the Department of City Development’s Housing and Neighborhoods Section.

Larry has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2012. He holds a BS in Architectural Studies, a Masters in Architecture, and a Masters in Urban Planning. Larry recently achieved Candidate status in his pursuit for a Ph.D. in Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Matt Wachter has lead the City of Madison’s Department of Planning, Community, and Economic Development since 2020. The Department includes the Building Inspection Division, Community Development Authority, Community Development Division, Economic Development Division, and Planning Division. The Department focuses on a wide range of areas including affordable housing, job creation, real estate development, and community services.

Prior to serving as Department Director, Matt ran the City’s Office of Real Estate Services which handles all real estate transactions on behalf of the City including property acquisition, disposition, and Tax Incremental Financing. He also oversaw analysis of regional housing supply and demand trends, coordinated development of housing programs and strategies, and led the Community Development Authority’s real estate development activities.

Before joining the City of Madison, Matt worked as a consultant and served as staff in the Office of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin working with local governments and businesses on issues including housing, transportation, and economic development. Matt has an MBA in Real Estate Finance and Urban Economics from the Graaskamp Center at the Wisconsin School of Business and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin.

AICP-CM credits will be awarded.

Questions, comments?

All lectures are free and open to planners, students, staff, faculty, and friends of the University. Please contact Blythe Waldbillig, Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at