Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summaries

from Council Member Elizabeth Nelson

Accessible from A2COUNCIL.com and A2ELNEL.com/A2COUNCIL

For each City Council meeting, I provide links to the agenda on the City's Legistar website, CTN's YouTube video of the meeting, and to my newsletters and voting charts. I write summaries of agenda items, along with Legistar links, articles I've written (highlighted purple), and articles published on MLive. Look for highlighted text to find votes on development, affordable housing, and the City's Sustainability and Innovations department.
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April 4, 2022

This City Council meeting was held in person at City Hall. Members of the public can participate in public hearings and public comment either in person or via phone.

  • APPROVED: The 0.8 acre parcel at 350 S. Fifth (the "Y Lot") is rezoned from D1 (Downtown Core) to PUD (Planned Unit Development District). This PUD allows for more height (up to 275 feet) and lifts requirements for driveway width, building frontage, and street trees along Fourth and Fifth Avenue right of ways. No parking will be required. In exchange, a minimum of 100 (40% of total) residential dwellings will be affordable dwelling units, property will be allocated for Blake Transit Center expansion, there will be no curb cut on William, and the building will be fully electrified. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Sixty-eight lots in the South State and East/West Eisenhower area, including Boardwalk Drive and Victors Way are rezoned TC-1. This new zoning district (Transit Corridor district) will permit unlimited density, create height minimums except where adjacent to pre-existing residential areas, establish maximum (rather than minimum) parking requirements, require mixed use, eliminate any open space requirements, and eliminate side and rear setback requirements except where adjacent to pre-existing residential areas. (Legistar)

    APPROVED: A Brownfield Plan will reimburse the developer of 3874 Research Park Drive $145,125 for environmental-related activities (Environmental Due Diligence, Site Control and testing; excavation, transportation, and disposal of impacted soil; and related Brownfield Plan and Work Plan preparation) and $1,513,586 for non-environmental activities (Demolition; infrastructure improvements, site preparation activities, and related Brownfield Plan and Work Plan preparation). An additional $1,101,727 of TIF capture will be deposited into the City’s Affordable Housing Fund. This plan will advance to the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners for authorization. (Legistar)

  • APPROVED: Allocations for $24.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Final allocations are listed below. (Legistar)

    • $4,500,000 Solar on City Facilities

    • $3,500,000 Property Acquisition for Affordable Housing (AMENDED to permit $500,000 allocation to residential support services)

    • $3,500,000 Unarmed Response

    • $2,300,000 Gallup Park Bridge

    • $2,000,000 Galvanized Water Service Line Replacement

    • $2,000,000 Vision Zero Plan Implementation

    • $1,682,630 Coordinated Funding Support

    • $1,600,000 Universal Basic Income

    • $1,000,000 City Clerk Election Center

    • $1,000,000 Housing for Homeless Households

    • $500,000 Community and Law Enforcement Data Platform

    • $500,000 Funding for the Arts (AMENDED to direct $200,000 to “arts-based trauma response programs and workforce development”)

    • $100,000 Liberty Plaza

    • ARPA Funding Update: Proposed Amendments

    • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/04/big-share-of-ann-arbor-stimulus-goes-to-solar-panels-unarmed-responders.html

  • APPROVED: City Council declares “No Mow May” and encourages residents to refrain from mowing open green space during the month in order to preserve floral spaces for bees and other pollinators. At Council, language was added by friendly amendment to clarify: City ordinances will be enforced if plant growth impacts sight lines and safety for pedestrians. (Legistar)