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Bill looks to extend height restrictions around state Capitol building

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - With development booming in downtown Madison, the dean of the Wisconsin Legislature wants to extend height restrictions so folks can still see the Capitol.

For the last 29 years, builders had to limit the heights of their structures to 1,032 feet above sea level within one mile of the State Capitol building.

Now, Senate Democrat Fred Risser of Madison wants to extend the height limit to two miles away. It comes at a time of increasing development pressure on the isthmus where the Capitol is centered.

Risser is seeking co-sponsors for his bill. He said a two-mile buffer would, "retain the architecturally significant and beautiful Capitol building."

Risser said he has not talked with any developers about the measure -- but he hopes they'll favor it, so more people can see the historic Capitol dome throughout the city.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)