Click to Skip Navigation
Skip Navigation LinksHome > Sustainability Framework > City Goals
Sustainability Framework
Framework Progress
City Goals
Goals by Planning Area
Goals by Plan
Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums
Sustainability Framework Goals
Sustainability Framework Committee
Sustainable Ann Arbor Videos

 City Goals

As part of the sustainability framework, goals from Ann Arbor's current city plans and resolutions were sorted into four planning areas. These four planning areas are:

1. Climate and Energy (CE)

2. Community (CM)

3. Land Use and Access (LU)

4. Resource Management (RM)

The database below includes the goals from all four planning areas. For sustainability goals sorted by planning area, refer to the 'Goals by Planning Area' page.

Sustainability Goals Database 

CE1Energy Challenge Goals2011
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in municipal operations 50% from 2000 levels by 2015
CE2Energy Challenge Goals2011
Use 30% renewable energy in municipal operations by 2015
CE3Energy Challenge Goals2011
Reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 8% from 2000 levels by 2015
CE4Energy Challenge Goals2011
Use 5% renewable energy community-wide by 2015
CE5Solar Plan2010
Commit to a solar implementation process
CE6Solar Plan2010
Simplify solar permitting
CE7Solar Plan2010
Advocate state-level policy changes
CE8Solar Plan2010
Integrate solar into city infrastructure and culture
CE9Solar Plan2010
Introduce solar access laws and robust building energy codes
CE10Solar Plan2010
Support solar workforce development and green jobs
CE11Huron River & Impoundment Management Plan2009
Anticipate and plan for the impact of large-scale forces such as climate change, development pressures and population changes
CE12Affordable Housing Needs Assessment2007
Develop 604 new low- and moderate-income green and energy efficient owner units
CE13Affordable Housing Needs Assessment2007
Develop 684 new green and energy efficient rental units for low-income households
CE14Affordable Housing Needs Assessment2007
Preserve 920 units of low-income owner housing through green and energy efficient rehabilitation
CE15Solar Roof Initiative2006
Develop a program to encourage the use of solar energy for heating domestic hot water with the goal of the installation of 5000 solar roofs by the year 2015
CE16Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy2003
Commit to energy conservation measures and methods
CE17Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy2003
Support the efforts of state and federal decision-makers working to implement GHG reduction programs
CE18Energy Plan 1994
Define the role of government in promoting and facilitating energy conservation among its citizenry
CE19Energy Plan 1994
Evaluate retrofitting Ann Arbor’s existing residential and nonresidential buildings with energy conservation measures
CE20Energy Plan 1994
Explore ways to increase local use of solar, wind, and hydroelectric energy technologies and recycling opportunities
CE21Energy Plan 1994
Consider energy conservation possibilities in City operations ranging from street lighting and transportation to public building retrofit
CE22Energy Plan 1994
Address issues of improved efficiency in buildings, protection of solar access, energy-conscious landscaping, and innovative building design
CM1Capital Improvement Plan2012-2017
Outline a schedule for public service expenditures over the ensuing six-year period
CM2Capital Improvement Plan2012-2017
Prioritize public service expenditures based on specific criteria
CM3Capital Improvement Plan2012-2017
Provide for large, physical improvements that are permanent in nature, including the basic facilities, services, and installations needed for the functioning of the community
CM4Capital Improvement Plan2012-2017
Add value or capacity to the infrastructure of the City
CM5Capital Improvement Plan2012-2017
Ensure capital improvement projects are used as a tool to implement the City Master Plan and assist in City’s financial planning
CM6Capital Improvement Plan2012-2017
Encourage efficient government
CM7Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS)2011
Assure a firm financial basis for the park, recreation, and open space system
CM8Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS)2011
Assure citizens a voice in the decision-making process of the park, recreation and open space system, including acquisition, planning and development
CM9Miller's Creek Watershed Improvement Plan2011
Develop and maintain project support by promoting public awareness, understanding, and stewardship
CM10Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS)2011
Provide an efficient recreation and open space system, where all the components will complement each other in providing a broad spectrum of services while minimizing duplication
CM11Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS)2011
Achieve and maintain a balanced park, recreation, and open space system, accessible to all of the community
CM12Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS)2011
Assure adequate and suitable provisions of land and facilities to meet present and future park, recreation, and open space needs in terms of maintenance and development
CM13Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS)2011
Foster the quality of life in Ann Arbor by paying particular attention to the park, recreation, and open space system as a visual and functional resource
CM14Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS)2011
Develop recreation programs, services, and facilities after assessing changing trends and community needs
CM15Solar Plan2010
Design municipal solar financial incentives
CM16Solar Plan2010
Create a solar outreach campaign
CM17Water Distribution Plan2010
Maintain and enhance the distribution systems through a supportable and effective plan for the capital improvements projects (CIP)
CM18Water Distribution Plan2010
Ensure all areas meet the hydraulic level of service
CM19Water Distribution Plan2010
Ensure adequate fire hydrant spacing
CM20Water Distribution Plan2010
Maintain a sustainable infrastructure
CM21Urban County2010
To enhance the affordability of decent housing for low- and moderate-income households
CM22Urban County2010
To increase the sustainability of decent housing for low- and moderate-income households
CM23Urban County2010
To improve the availability/accessibility of public services for low- and moderate income residents, in order to create a suitable living environment
CM24Urban County2010
To improve the sustainability of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, in order to create a suitable living environment
Promote cooperation between the City of Ann Arbor and other governmental entities, particularly the surrounding townships and municipalities and the University of Michigan, in support of transportation initiatives in a manner consistent with the other goals
Ensure that meaningful public involvement will be part of any transportation project in the City of Ann Arbor
CM27Land Use2009
To encourage non-residential areas to promote a range of employment opportunities and business creation and expansion
CM28Land Use2009
To encourage cooperation between the City educational institutions and between the City and Townships that surround Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, Pittsfield and Scio) on development issues that affect each other
Maintain the downtown as a center for government, public and community service
Encourage improved cooperation between the City and the County, University of Michigan, public schools, and State and Federal agencies in exchanging information; formulating planning policies; and evaluating development initiatives
Encourage pride of ownership and the achievement of a consistently high standard of exterior building and site maintenance
CM32Huron River & Impoundment Management Plan2009
Ensure a logical and sustainable funding structure that incorporates a full assessment of costs and benefits associated with strategies
CM33Huron River & Impoundment Management Plan2009
Ensure that the citizens of Ann Arbor are strongly connected to the river through a sense of place that is widely recognized and celebrated
CM34Huron River & Impoundment Management Plan2009
Foster relationships and build partnerships up and downstream and across the watershed to support the plan’s goals and build a greater sense of place associated with the river
CM35Huron River & Impoundment Management Plan2009
Provide leadership in the watershed to achieve the plan’s goals
CM36Greenbelt District Strategic Plan2009
Monitor each Greenbelt easement purchase yearly and conduct spot checks every three years on Farm and Ranch Program transferred easements for easement compliance
CM37Greenbelt District Strategic Plan2009
Review the Strategic Plan on an annual basis and revised, as needed
CM38Land Use2009
To provide a full range of housing choices (size, price, design, accessibility, etc.) that meets the existing and anticipated needs of all City residents
CM39Land Use2009
To support the continued viability, health and safety of City residential neighborhoods
CM40Land Use2009
To promote sound and attractive residential neighborhoods which meet the housing needs of the current and future population, which are adequately served by urban services, infrastructure and facilities and which conserve environmental quality
Encourage a diversity of new downtown housing opportunities and the expansion of the downtown resident population to strengthen downtown’s role as an urban neighborhood Continue to seek a range of age groups and income levels in the downtown
Streamline the development proposal process
CM43Huron River & Impoundment Management Plan2009
Improve opportunities for public education and stewardship that build support for the plan
CM44Huron River & Impoundment Management Plan2009
Support and improve a broad range of recreational opportunities consistent with ecosystem health and the quality of the recreational experience
CM45Greenbelt District Strategic Plan2009
Place major emphasis on purchasing development rights from farmers
CM46Greenbelt District Strategic Plan2009
Form partnerships with local land preservation groups and strive to have a cumulative match of 20% funds from non Greenbelt sources of funding
CM47Huron River & Impoundment Management Plan2009
Maintain an adequate drinking water supply
CM48Land Use2009
To improve air quality to protect the health and welfare of the public
CM49Non-motorized transportation2007
Improve opportunities for public involvement and education
CM50Flood Mitigation2007
Maintain and utilize up-to-date floodplain mapping techniques to assist in the identification and mitigation of flood related hazards
CM51Flood Mitigation2007
Employ education and outreach as a means to reduce potential flood hazards and increase community knowledge about the floodplain
CM52Flood Mitigation2007
Identify opportunities where corrective actions can be used to mitigate the flood risk for properties in the floodplain
CM53Flood Mitigation2007
Develop and/or refine a flood response/preparedness method for servicing the community before and after flood related disasters
CM54Affordable Housing Needs Assessment2007
Increase low-income owner housing by 445 units through down payment assistance
CM55Affordable Housing Needs Assessment2007
Provide tax and mortgage foreclosure assistance to 150 households
CM56Affordable Housing Needs Assessment2007
Ensure rental housing options for people under 80% AMI in every community
CM57Affordable Housing Needs Assessment2007
Preserve 1,412 affordable rental units through refinancing and/or green and energy efficient rehabilitation
CM58Affordable Housing Needs Assessment2007
Preserve all existing special needs units and shelters
CM59Affordable Housing Needs Assessment2007
Create or preserve 566 green and energy efficient senior housing units
CM60Affordable Housing Needs Assessment2007
Develop 374 new green and energy efficient permanent supportive housing (PSH) units
CM61Flood Mitigation2007
Integrate floodplain management into planning projects to prevent possible hazards associated with an unplanned floodplain
CM62Flood Mitigation2007
Implement regulatory measures and development standards to limit flood impacts caused by the build environment
CM63Flood Mitigation2007
Evaluate the City’s infrastructure within the floodplain and protect it from flood related hazards
CM64Non-motorized transportation2007
Use existing policies and programs that provide the institutional support for the non-motorized transportation system
CM65Water Treatment2006
Meet current service area demands and reduce demand through water conservation
CM66Water Treatment2006
Determine strategy to meet City water demands in 2050
CM67Water Treatment2006
Improve the quality of Ann Arbor's drinking water
CM68Water Treatment2006
Assess the condition of the water quality supply and the treatment facilities
CM69Water Treatment2006
Meet water quality goals and regulations and continue to provide high quality water to customers
CM70Water Treatment2006
Protect Ann Arbor's water supply
CM71Natural Features2004
Support the work of watershed groups, and implement their plans when completed
CM72Comprehensive Plan Washtenaw County2004
Encourage and support programs that maintain the viability of Washtenaw County’s agriculture sector
CM73Comprehensive Plan Washtenaw County2004
Provide job opportunities, raise the standard of living of county residents, promote a sense of place and realize a tax base sufficient to provide public services through a comprehensive set of public and private strategies to foster and attract emerging industries
CM74Natural Features2004
Greatly reduce flooding throughout the City; especially the bottom reaches of Allen Creek during heavy rain events
CM75Natural Features2004
Identify, assess, protect, and steward the high quality floodplains within the City, with special attention paid to those with the largest capacity, biologically rich native floodplain forest fragments, native sedge meadows and fen ecosystems
CM76Natural Features2004
Reduce flooding occurrences by increasing floodplain and flood storage capacity along waterways and by insuring that there is no net loss of floodplain and flood storage capacity
CM77Comprehensive Plan Washtenaw County2004
To provide safe, decent and affordable housing for the County residents focusing on the needs of lower income, work force and special needs populations
CM78Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy2003
Develop programs prioritizing community outreach and education
1 - 100Next