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 (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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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)

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)

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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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)

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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