Town of Black Earth Updates:

The Town of Black Earth is located approximately 20 miles west of Madison. The first Europeans to permanently settle here arrived in 1843.  Five years later, the Wisconsin State Legislature created the Town of Farmersville, which was later renamed to Black Earth.  Black Earth (population 488) is a rural farming community blessed with natural resources, including fertile soils and the popular Black Earth Creek.


Dane County is proposing a new zoning ordinance.  Postcards are being mailed to all Town of Black Earth landowners this week with information on the proposed zoning changes for their property.  The zoning update will not affect the current use of your property or your property taxes.  

The Town of Black Earth will be hosting a public information meeting
on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 pm at 1116 Mills St.  Dane County staff will give a
presentation on the new ordinance and will be available to answer any questions.

Information on the new zoning ordinance

CURRENT zoning district fact sheets

NEW zoning district fact sheets

Dane County also has an interactive mapping tool that shows both the current and proposed zoning for any parcel in Dane County:  enter your property address in the upper right magnifying glass, or zoom to the desired location.  Clicking on any parcel allows you to see detailed parcel information, as well as the proposed zoning district fact sheets.  You can also switch to the aerial mode by
clicking on the base map icon in the lower right corner.

If you have any questions, please contact Dane County Planning and Development at (608) 267-4115.


The U.S. Census Bureau has begun address canvassing, the first major field operation of the 2020 Census.  Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau’s address list of households nationwide, which is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census.

The U.S. Census staff has “address canvassers” out in the field checking addresses for accuracy and completeness.  They are doing a sample – not every house.  Census staff should have identification if people ask.  They also wear a Census badge and carry a Census laptop or tablet.

If interested in more information, these links have been provided:


The internet has made everything from paying bills to staying in touch with family easier.  It has also opened many new ways for criminals to target sensitive personal and financial information, making it essential that everyone learn how to protect themselves.  To encourage everyone to learn more about their digital risk, Gov. Tony Evers has declared October Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Wisconsin.

Understanding your digital profile and how it can be accessed is key to learning how to protect it.  Cell phones, computers, and other smart devices in your home can all serve as potential access points for digital thieves.  Users should keep track of where their personal information has been entered on physical devices, along with what online accounts they have created and what information is publicly viewable through them.

Find more tips on protecting yourself from cyber crimes at https://readywisconsin.wi.gov/cyber/