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The Ann Arbor City Planning Division provides expertise and information to advise and guide public and private community decision makers in achieving the best possible development, redevelopment, improvements and preservation for the benefit of the people who live in, work in and visit the city.

General Planning News

Upcoming Planning Commission Committee Meeting:
The Ordinance Revisions Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 15, 5:45-6:45 pm in the First Floor South Conference Room of Larcom City Hall.  Topics to be discussed are City Council's recent amendments to the Main Street character overlay district proposal and continued discussion on potential East Huron Street rezoning and text amendments.  For more information, contact Alexis DiLeo at 734-794-6000 x 42610 or
Upcoming Citizen Participation Meetings
North Sky Development:  Trowbridge Brothers, residential developers, have scheduled a citizen participation meeting for Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 6 pm in the Audio/Visual Room of Clague Middle School, 2616 Nixon Road. The proposed North Sky development will involve a new plan from the previously approved North Sky residential project, located at 2701-2801 Pontiac Trail on Ann Arbor's north side. The proposed project will be 141 single family homes and a multi-family building of 63 units.
Nixon Parcels Development:  Toll Brothers, residential developers, have scheduled a citizen participation meeting for Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7 pm at the Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Road, to present their new residential proposal.  The Nixon Parcels project proposes annexation from Ann Arbor Township of 109 acres at the northwest and southwest corners of Nixon and Dhu Varren Roads and construction of approximately 500 residences (carriage houses and town houses). See the announcement in the link below for more information.
For more information about the Citizen Participation Ordinance requirements, please contact Planning Services at (734) 794-6265 or

Zoning Amendments regarding Drive-Thru Facilities

At its April 1, 2014 meeting, the City Planning Commission recommended approval of amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to add a definition of a "drive-thru facility" and allow accessory drive-thru facilities as special exception uses in the O (Office), C2B (Business Service) and C3 (Fringe Commercial) districts, as well as provide basic layout requirements. 
Drive-thru facilities currently are allowed as special exception uses without any further requirements in the C2B district and as permitted uses without any further requirements in the C3 district.  This amendment will make permitted and special exception uses consistent with City master plan recommendations and the intent of the affected zoning districts. For the text of the amendment, click on the link below:

City Council will hold a public hearing and take final action on the ordinance amendments at its June 2, 2014 meeting.

R4C/R2A Zoning District Study

The City Council reappointed the R4C/R2A Task Force on July 1, 2013 to provide advice on the Planning Commission's recommendations. The final R4C/R2A task force report is now available.

Downtown Zoning Evaluation Project

The Planning Commission recently conducted an evaluation of the downtown zoning changes that were approved by City Council in 2009.  After considering the Planning Commission's recommendations, City Council on January 21, 2014 passed a resolution with its recommendations for amendments to the downtown zoning map and ordinance.   For more information, visit the project website at

Non-Motorized Plan Update:

City Council and the City Planning Commission has adopted the Non-Motorized Plan as an amendment to the City Master Plan. The plan is provided in the link below: 

Capital Improvements Plan Update

The Planning Commission held a public hearing and approved second year updates to the Capital Improvements Plan Committee on December 3, 2013. For more information, go to the CIP webpage at

Updated Fee Schedule

Updated fees for development review, appeals and zoning administration go into effect on July 1, 2014. The revised fee schedule is provided in the link below:

Sign Ordinance Amendments:

City Council approved amendments to Chapter 61 (Signs and Outdoor Advertising) at its June 17, 2013 meeting. The ordinance amendments prohibits off-premise signs (i.e. billboards) larger than 200 sf; allows for “changeable copy” to be used on a portion of a sign; and sets limits on the brightness of illuminated signs. The ordinance amendments are provided in the link below:

South State Street Corridor Plan:

The Planning Commission adopted the South State Street Corridor Plan as an amendment to the Master Plan: Land Use element on May 21, 2013. City Council will consider the plan on July 15, 2013. To view the adopted plan, go to the South State Street Corridor Plan project webpage. 

ZORO Draft Available

The public draft of the Unified Development Code, which is being created as part of the Zoning Ordinance Re-organization (ZORO) project, is now available.

Planning Commission Meeting Agenda and Packet 

The City Planning Commission generally meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm in Council Chambers (2nd floor of City Hall) and has a working session on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  

The Planning Commission meeting schedule, agendas and packets are available at the City of Ann Arbor's Legislative Information Center

  • Click the following link to access the City's Meeting, Agenda and Minutes Calendar. Scroll down the page to the City Planning Commission meeting and click on the Agenda or Meeting Details links for the packet materials. 

Planning Commission Committee Meetings

Planning Commission committee meetings are open to the public. Public comments are accepted at the end of the meeting.

  • The Ordinance Revisions Committee will meet on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 6:15 pm in the First Floor South conference room, Larcom City Hall.  The committee will review potential amendments to the zoning ordinance for the South Main and East William Street area.

Citizen Participation

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