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One of the most important jobs of the Ann Arbor City Planning Commission is to provide an opportunity for the public to offer constructive comments on items before it, and then to take those comments into account when making its recommendations or decisions.

As a citizen, you can take an active role in shaping Ann Arbor by participating in the planning and development process.  Information on public hearings and tracking development petitions is provided below.

For tips on communicating effectively when attending meetings and conversing with planning staff, planning commissioners, developers, and fellow residents, see the Citizens' Guide to Effective Communication​​ (pdf).

Public Hearings

The Planning Commission holds public hearings on all development petitions it reviews.  Notice of upcoming public hearings is provided in several ways in order to reach the people most likely to be affected by or interested in proposals:
 
  • 15 days before a hearing, a notice is published in the Washtenaw Legal News (visit www.legalnews.com, click on Public Notice Quick Search, and type in "City of Ann Arbor PH")
  • 15 days before a hearing, postcards describing the project and providing the date and time of the hearing are sent to property owners, residents and registered neighborhood and business assocations located within 300 feet of the property being considered.
  • One week before the hearing, an orange sign is prominently posted on the property being considered. The sign contains:

    1. The name of the petition
    2. The time and place of the hearing
    3. How to get more information
    4. The date the property was posted
At the Planning Commission public hearing members of the public may speak for up to 3 minutes (or 5 minutes if an official representative of a neighborhood association). 
 
Written comments may be submitted in advance of the Planning Commission meeting by hand delivery to Planning Services, 1st floor of City Hall, during regular business hours (M-F, 8 am - 5 pm) or by email to planning@a2gov.org. Comments received by noon the day of the meeting will be printed and distributed at the meeting.

Development Petition Information 

In addition, the following information on development petitions is available to the public:

  • To received email notifications when new planning petitions are submitted to the City, subscribe to the Petitions Under Review RSS feed.   
  • Upon receipt of a petition, usually the last week of the month, the plan set is displayed in the lobby of City Hall
  • You can monitor staff review comments on petitions by going to www.a2gov.org/permits and clicking on "Search" in the Projects box.  Use the pulldown menu to select "Project Name" in the first box of the search string, then enter the project name in the last box.  Review comments will be pdf links at the bottom of the page.
  • On the Friday afternoon preceding a hearing, the Planning Commission agenda and packet are posted on the Legislative Information Center, and an agenda is posted in the lobby of City Hall, 301 E. Huron.  
 

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​Planning & Development Services
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor
734.794.6265
 
Planning Manager

Brett Lenart, AICP 
blenart@a2gov.org 
extension 42606