City Council Newsletters

Since November 2018, I have written a newsletter with my summary of agenda items coming before Ann Arbor City Council, plus links to find more information. Subscribe to receive it first via email, or find it posted later on this blog.

Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (May 19, 2024)

This week, Ann Arbor City Council considers extensive amendments to Council rules, new amendments to the snow-removal ordinance, the issuance of capital improvement bonds for the Housing Commission, and final approval for a rezoning on Riverside Drive. The biggest item on the Council agenda is the annual budget for Fiscal Year 2025.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (May 5, 2024)

This week’s agenda (both consent and regular) is extremely long and includes nine public hearings. There will be public hearings for increases to water/stormwater/sewer rates, a rezoning at 711 Church Street, and ordinance changes to how traffic impacts are measured for new developments. Three public hearings are related to the FY2025 Budget, but will not be voted on until the next Council meeting. A rezoning at 732 Packard (Five Corners) will be voted on at First Reading. Council will also approve a ballot question to facilitate a Sustainable Energy Utility. See also my “Additional Thoughts” section about recent filings for Democratic candidates in Washtenaw county.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (April 14, 2024)

This week, the Council agenda is fairly short, including an annexation/rezoning on Riverside Drive, a conveyance/vacation of rights of way at State/Eisenhower, and increases to water/stormwater/sewer rates. Also note that at this week’s Council meeting the City Administrator will present his proposed FY25 budget.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (March 31, 2024)

The City Council agenda this week includes two ordinance amendments at first reading: a rezoning at Church Street and changes to how new developments are assessed regarding transportation access and traffic impacts. Additionally, there will be a public hearing and second reading (final approval) of ordinance amendments around Greenbelt conservation purchases.

On Friday, four resolutions were added to the agenda late, just ahead of this holiday weekend, that direct the establishment of a new office of “Economic Development” in order to accelerate and facilitate development in the City of Ann Arbor.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (March 16, 2024)

This week, City Council considers a very short regular agenda including one public hearing for ordinance amendments that will change policy for land acquisitions through the “Green Belt” program. Council will consider the issuance of capital bonds for the development of affordable housing at Catherine Street and two resolutions from Council: in support of options for the US-23 improvement project and directing implementation of new City hiring practices.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (March 3, 2024)

This week’s agenda is relatively short, with three public hearings: one for amendments to the Early Leasing Ordinance and two regarding fee structures for fire department ambulance and lift assist services. Significant procedural changes are proposed for use and administration of greenbelt millage funds. A budget amendment for the leasing of gasoline powered golf carts – defeated at the previous meeting – has been brought back for reconsideration.

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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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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)

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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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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