If 2018 was a year of momentum and growth for the City of Fitchburg, 2019 looks like a year that will be spent planning for the next round.

Our top stories to watch for the year reflect that, especially at the top.

At No. 1 is two of the city’s three school districts determining what schools students will attend when the new schools open in fall 2020. The construction on those new schools is just behind it on the list, with the new $160 million Verona Area High School already starting to take shape and the new Oregon School District elementary going up in northeast Fitchburg.

Some big road construction projects will involve plenty of headaches in 2020, and while one has been ongoing for years, two big ones are expected to get the final go-ahead this year with approval of their plans.

Our list also includes the final ballot with every City of Fitchburg elected office on it and the planning the city will do for its takeover of part of the Town of Madison — currently set for 2022, but possibly sooner.

A housing development along Seminole Highway that sparked plenty of controversy throughout 2018 is likely to remain in the headlines this year, as well, especially with the city beginning a new comprehensive planning process.

Rounding out our list is opening of the second new fire station in the second half of the year.