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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 (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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Traffic Reconfigurations Without Data

Traffic Reconfigurations Without Data

This week’s agenda item DC-4 is a stunning departure from past city policy regarding data-driven decisions. City staff is asked to prioritize reconfiguring all existing multilane roads under the City’s jurisdiction, narrowing and reducing traffic lanes. Council no longer wants traffic data for specific locations or projections for safety improvements and traffic delays.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (November 5, 2023)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (November 5, 2023)

This week, the City Council agenda includes one rezoning (Briarwood mall, C-2) and an amendment to previous zoning (Lockwood on Ellsworth, C-1). Council will also vote to eliminate incentives to build affordable housing downtown (C-3) and add setback requirements for the Transit Corridor district zoning (C-4). In my Additional Thoughts below, I’ve written about a new policy to promote lane reductions on all multi-lane roads in town – the resolution in DC-4 explicitly rejects the consideration of traffic data in decision making.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (October 14, 2023)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (October 14, 2023)

This week, City Council considers an annexation (C-1), a rezoning (DB-1) two items related to elections in 2024 (DB-2, DB-3), two resolutions communicating concerns to the Michigan Department of Transportation (DC-4, DC-7), and two resolutions requesting reports on Home Energy Audits (DC-3, DC-6). The meeting includes two public hearings: one on the rezoning of parcels on Riverside Drive and another for opioid harm reduction funding.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (October 1, 2023)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (October 1, 2023)

This week’s Council agenda is extremely short, with just one item on the regular agenda. The biggest news announced this week was the possible sale of a City owned property that was previously designated for development of affordable housing. I wrote more about that in my “Additional Thoughts” section.

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Ann Arbor FOR SALE: Sports Illustrated Resorts

Ann Arbor FOR SALE: Sports Illustrated Resorts

This week, national news outlets were the first to report that a City-owned parking lot at South Ashley (also known as the Klines lot) could potentially be sold to Sports Illustrated Resorts for the development of a new hotel and conference center. The Klines lot was previously earmarked and assessed for the development of affordable housing. If a deal with Sports Illustrated Resorts moves forward, it will have skipped at least three steps of public consideration and transparency.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (September 17, 2023)

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (September 17, 2023)

This week’s City Council agenda is quite short and includes two public hearings on final approval for two ordinance amendments: a rezoning of properties on Ann Arbor Saline Road and changes to the Transportation Commission bylaws. Council will also amend the terms of sale for 350 S Fifth (Y Lot).

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