In September 2006, City Council established the Ann Arbor Discovering Downtown (A2D2) initiative to implement 5 high priority recommendations of the Downtown Development Strategies Project.
In 2007, advisory committees for each of the 5 high priority actions developed recommendations for changes to city codes and policies. These recommendations have been approved by City Council and implementation is now underway. To learn more, click on the links below.
Council established a steering committee to work with staff to ensure ongoing communication regarding the implementation plan. The Ann Arbor Discovering Downtown Steering Committee included Marcia Higgins (City Council), Evan Pratt (Planning Commission), and Roger Hewitt (Downtown Development Authority).
Noting that 4 of the 5 high priority actions had been completed by the end of 2009, Council dissolved the Steering Committee on January 19, 2010. A special task force to complete the Downtown Design Guidelines initiative was established and 7 members were appointed on February 1, 2010.
2009 Downtown Design Guidelines
A draft of the proposed 2009 Downtown Design Guidelines is available for review at the Planning and Development Services office on the 6th floor of City Hall, all Ann Arbor Public Library branches, for purchase at Dollar Bill Copying at 611 Church Street (734-665-9200), and the link below:
Proposed Downtown Design Guidelines - 9/30/09 (12 MB pdf)
Click here for more information about the Downtown Design Guidelines project, including project background, the Downtown Design Guidelines Advisory Committee, public workshop summaries, and previous drafts of the guidelines.
A2D2 newsletters, background documents and maps may be found on the Resources page.
Last Updated: January 16, 2010