City of Monona

Monona is a waterfront community nestled on the eastern shores of Lake Monona. There are many reasons people want to call Monona home and businesses want to relocate here. Some of those reasons include:

  • The newly redesigned Monona Drive is a major eastern corridor into Madison with traffic counts up to 16,000/day
  • The Monona Grove School District is highly rated and in the most demand for open enrollment in our area
  • Monona Business Park has ample amounts of affordable commercial space from retail to light manufacturing.
  • We’re an excellent location for high-tech startups like Shine Medical Technologies and Phoenix Nuclear Labs
  • We have a highly educated and qualified workforce with access to a world class university and numerous technical colleges and other higher educational institutions
  • Our central access to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Beltline Highway, Interstates 39/90/94 make us an excellent location for commercial enterprises
  • Madison Regional Airport is just minutes away
  • Access to bike trails that lead directly to the UW Campus and downtown Madison provide additional commuter options
  • Numerous outdoor recreational opportunities like biking, fishing, camping, boating and paddling

The City of Monona’s civic campus is located at 5211 Schluter Road, Monona, WI 53716. You can view their website or give them a call at (608) 222-2525 for more information.

Monona Statistics

  • The city is conveniently located along the border of Madison, WI
  • Population – 7,684 residents (2014)
  • Four-square miles of residential homes, commercial properties, city buildings, and major green spaces
  • Located on the eastern and southern shores of Lake Monona with over four miles of Lake Monona shoreline
  • More than 500 large and small businesses on three major transportation corridors
  • The City of Monona has more than 105 acres of parks and 220 acres of Monona Wetland Conservancy that includes parks, beaches, 10 parks with lake access, five reservable park shelters, 11 playgrounds, a skate park, tennis courts, athletic fields, a community pool and community center.


Originally part of the Town of Blooming Grove, Monona was incorporated as a village on August 29, 1938. Previous to incorporation, the area had consisted mainly of farmland and summer homes. By 1938, the area included more permanent homes and small businesses.

Population Boom

The village developed many public services including police and fire protection, street maintenance, and the provision of sewer and water utilities. During the 1950s, the village grew from 2,544 to 8,178. This was the largest percentage increase (231%) of any community in the state during this decade.

This population increase necessitated expanding the village facilities and services. In 1963, the village built a community center and adjacent swimming pool near the intersection of Nichols Road and Healy Lane. In 1967, the Village built a public library at the corner of Nichols and Schluter Roads. After Monona changed to city status in 1969, a City Hall was built across from the library on Nichols Road. This building housed all city operations (including the fire and police departments).

Commercial Development

During the 1960s, there was a significant increase in commercial development in Monona. Most of this development took place along Monona Drive.

Monona annexed a substantial number of properties in the 1960’s and 1970’s for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. By the 1980’s, there was no additional land available for annexation. Monona became landlocked by the City of Madison and by bodies of water.

The next major change Monona faced came during the 1970s and 1980s with the development of the area along the Broadway Corridor from what is now South Towne Drive east to Bridge Road.

Present Day

With the completion of U.S. Highway 12/18, the city has been working to find the most suitable ways to develop and redevelop the area along the Broadway Corridor. The River Place, Pier 37, and Ahuska Park developments are the result of these efforts. Careful planning will continue into the next millennium as the city seeks to balance the interests of current residents, businesses, city government, and potential developers. Environmental concerns and economic concerns must be balanced to ensure a healthy future for Monona and its residents.

As Monona enters its second half-century as a strong and thriving community, it looks to enhance its assets, take advantage of its opportunities, and preserve all that is good about the city.

Major proposed developments include Treysta on the Water, a 123-unit apartment complex with mixed use commercial below and the Yahara River District which will open up public access to the Yahara River where there was only private access previously. YRD is scheduled for completion in 2019. This development will feature a boardwalk, the Monona Yacht Club, restaurants, apartments, and a variety of businesses.

According to the Beltline Corridor Study, the highest traffic counts occuring in Dane County are right here in the Monona area, at the intersection of Highway 51 and the Beltline (12/18).