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 (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 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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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (September 4, 2023)

This week, Council considers a lengthy agenda that includes seven public hearings. Council will vote on final approval for amendments to TC-1 zoning, an ordinance requiring home energy audits at time of sale, and amendments to marijuana regulation that will extend business hours later (until midnight). One of the public hearings this week will invite feedback from residents about a rezoning at White/Henry/State/Stimson for the “SouthTown” development that includes up 64 dedicated, full-time short term rentals (or Airbnb)

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (August 19, 2023)

This week’s City Council meeting includes three public hearings, a new ordinance requiring home energy audits, and amendments to a brownfield plan that increases tax abatement for a developer. The consent agenda includes a resolution directing that $6,200,000 be transferred from the Ann Arbor Housing Commission to the City’s General Fund, to purchase the City-owned property at 350 S. Fifth (the “Y Lot”).

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (August 5, 2023)

This week’s regular agenda is relatively short. There is one public hearing on an ordinance amendment that lifts requirements for membership on the Transportation Commission. At first reading, Council will consider several items: a request for rezoning at State/White/Henry (“SouthTown by 4M”), an amendment to TC-1 zoning, and a new ordinance requiring Home Energy Audit disclosures when homes are sold. 

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (July 15, 2023)

This week’s agenda is fairly short, and includes a few land use and planning items at locations on Broadway/Maidens Lane and Newport/Bird/Victoria Circle. The Consent Agenda is relatively short, and includes a plan for traffic calming on Granger from Forest to Olivia.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (July 4, 2023)

As of today (Tuesday, July 4th), there is very little on the City Council agenda for the meeting this Thursday. However, agenda items are frequently added late, so it’s worth checking the agenda again on the day of the meeting. As of today, the regular agenda includes only second reading and final approval for two ordinances: new police policy regarding traffic stops and rules for leaving household items on the curb for donation/reuse.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (June 18, 2023)

This week, City Council considers an extremely long agenda: 30 items on the consent agenda, alone. Highlights include final approval for ordinances related to pet stores, impounded bicycles, and the repeal of an ordinance requiring landlords to share local voter information with tenants. Council will also consider final approval of a rezoning at 721 S Forest and amendment to the conditional zoning of 1140 Broadway.

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Ann Arbor City Council Newsletter (June 4, 2023)

This week, City Council considers a very long agenda, with a few items of note tucked into the Consent Agenda. First readings of ordinance amendments address landlord requirements, bike impounding policy, and pet store regulation. Council-initiated resolutions ask staff to accelerate rezoning of Plymouth and Washtenaw and authorize the City Attorney to initiate legal actions without consulting Council.

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