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Since November 2018, I’ve shared Ann Arbor City Council agenda summaries, voting records, community announcements, and in-depth analysis of issues and policy.

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (February 18, 2024)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (February 18, 2024)

This week, City Council meets on Tuesday, due to the Presidents Day holiday. The regular agenda this week is very short. There will be one public hearing, on an ordinance amendment that removes setback requirements between zoning districts. Council will also consider amendments to the Early Leasing ordinance and a resolution about City hiring practices. This week’s Consent Agenda includes an expenditure toward improving the Runnymede path in Ward 4.

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Advocacy and Facts: Fixing the Runnymede Path

Advocacy and Facts: Fixing the Runnymede Path

At their meeting this week, City Council will consider an expenditure that will hopefully lead to the repair of a pedestrian and cycling path in Ward 4, connecting the end of Runnymede Boulevard to Pauline Boulevard. I proposed the same plan in 2022 and it met significant opposition from Ward 4 Council Member Jen Eyer.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (February 4, 2024)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (February 4, 2024)

Tomorrow, Ann Arbor City Council considers only three items on the regular agenda: two liquor licenses and a new fee structure for ambulance and lift assist service from the Fire Department. There are also two public hearings: one for the ambulance/lift assist fee structure and another for a sidewalk assessment district at Stone School Road. One item on the Consent Agenda is worth special attention – I wrote about it in my “Additional Thoughts” section.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (January 20, 2024)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (January 20, 2024)

This week’s City Council agenda includes four public hearings ahead of final approval for issues that were previously approved unanimously at first reading. Additionally, Council will vote on ordinance changes that eliminate “land use buffers” between zoning districts, a new director for the Downtown Development Authority, and a new sister city in Ukraine.

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Staff Proposal to Eliminate Citizen Participation Meetings

Staff Proposal to Eliminate Citizen Participation Meetings

A resolution asked the City Administrator to consult with City staff to “identify incentives that would support voluntary efforts by residents and businesses to increase emissions reductions.” Additionally, the resolution asked for strategies to achieve these goals through the development review process. 

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Runnymede Path on Capital Improvements Plan

Runnymede Path on Capital Improvements Plan

In 2022, I worked with City staff on a plan for improvements to a path at the end of Runnymede. This path is a city connector used by residents accessing bus stops on Pauline as well as children attending Dicken School. My efforts faced strong opposition from a majority of Council, led most aggressively by Ward 4 Council Member Jen Eyer. This week, Ryan Stanton of Mlive reported on the status of this crumbling path at Runnymede.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (January 10, 2024)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (January 10, 2024)

Last Friday, Ann Arbor City Council held a brief special session to vote on one item: an amendment to the calendar, rescheduling this week’s regular Monday meeting to Thursday. This week’s meeting is a fairly short agenda. Also this week: the City released more documents and communications in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about a proposed Sports Illustrated Resorts development in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for January 5, 2024

Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for January 5, 2024

This post contains my Ann Arbor City Council voting chart for the meeting of January 5, 2024. This was a special session to approve changes to the 2024 City Council calendar. The Council meeting planned for Monday, January 8th was rescheduled to Thursday, Jan 11th. Council Members Cornell, Disch, Ghazi Edwin, Harrison, and Song were absent.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (December 17, 2023)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (December 17, 2023)

This week, City Council considers a very long agenda. There are three public hearings ahead of final approval for leaf blower regulation and the rezoning/site plan at Pontiac Trail/Dhu Varren). Council will also consider two ordinance at first readings: permitting ground-level solar panel arrays in residential districts and rezoning of about 200 acres on Plymouth Road. Council Members submitted no questions to the agenda this week.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (December 3, 2023)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (December 3, 2023)

This week’s Council meeting includes five public hearings for final approval of ordinance changes: eliminating premiums that incentivize the development of affordable housing units downtown, amending the Transit Corridor zoning district to expand setback requirements, and a rezoning/site plan for redevelopment at Briarwood Mall. Additionally, Council will revisit first reading of an ordinance – postponed at their last meeting – to regulate use of and eventually ban the use of gas-powered leafblowers.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (November 18, 2023)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (November 18, 2023)

This week’s agenda is quite short, though additional items may still be added at the last minute prior to the meeting (as happened before the last meeting). Council will consider two items at first reading: a rezoning at Pontiac Trail and an ordinance banning use of gas-powered leaf blowers in the summer months. There is one public hearing, on final approval for a rezoning at Traver Road.

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One Full Year of Unanimous Government

One Full Year of Unanimous Government

This week marks a full year since the installation of a City Council in which all elected members were approved and endorsed by Mayor Taylor. In the last twelve months, 97% of all agenda items have been approved unanimously, most notably on issues of controversy.

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