Our city development must happen in a way that more effectively engages residents as legitimate stakeholders.
Ann Arbor residents have a vested interest in the growth of our city, the changing landscape of our downtown, and particularly developments adjacent to our neighborhoods.
Currently, residents are at a huge disadvantage in voicing concerns about development. Without a newspaper, developments often find their way through the planning commission and City Council before neighbors have had any meaningful opportunity to offer feedback about design and scale. Much of the impact of these developments is permanent and will forever change our neighborhoods; a more thoughtful, collaborative process is needed.
As a council member, I will be committed to increasing communication with residents. More must be done to facilitate developer/resident consultation before deals are done and neighbors are told “it’s too late.” Development need not be an all-or-nothing proposition. Our elected city leaders should be advocating for residents, not developers.