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 Land Use and Access Goals

The database below includes plan goals that fall within the land use and access (LU) planning area. The land use and access planning area includes goals related to Ann Arbor's infrastructure, transportation, built environment, public spaces, and land uses.   

Sustainability Goals Database 

LU1Miller's Creek Watershed Improvement Plan2011
Maximize land preservation and minimize directly connected impervious area while directing unavoidable development in ways that protect important watershed processes and water resource functional values
LU2Water Distribution Plan2010
Pursue opportunities to coordinate infrastructure replacement with road and sewer construction
Establish a physical and cultural environment that supports and encourages safe, comfortable and convenient ways for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel throughout the downtown and into the surrounding city
Improve transit service within the downtown connecting existing and regional transit facilities
Provide effective access and mobility for people and goods, with minimal negative impacts for all
Promote a safe, secure, attractive, and productive transportation system
Invest in transportation infrastructure in a manner consistent with other goals, and within the financial constraints of public/private resources
Promote a transportation system supportive of and integrated with land use decisions
Promote green transportation improvements to reduce vehicle emissions
LU10Land Use2009
To ensure that development projects are designed and constructed in a way that preserves or enhances the integrity of natural systems
LU11Land Use2009
To promote land use designs that reduce reliance on the automobile
LU12Land Use2009
To encourage commercial and employment centers that promote pedestrian activity, deemphasize the use of the automobile, and provide a sense of balance with surrounding land uses
LU13Land Use2009
To ensure that City infrastructure facilities are compatible with surrounding neighborhoods and complement other goals of this plan
LU14Land Use2009
To encourage sensitive, attractive, and innovative development and renovation in downtown Ann Arbor and in adjacent neighborhoods
LU15Land Use2009
To encourage the preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of historically and culturally significant properties, as well as contributing or complimentary structures, streetscapes, groups of buildings and neighborhoods. To preserve the historic character of Ann Arbor’s Central Area. To enforce existing historic district ordinances through City staff, the Historic District Commission and neighborhood monitoring programs. To designate historic buildings to encourage their preservation
LU16Land Use2009
To maintain, promote and enhance the commercial corridor, for both business owners and consumers, as the commercial center for western Ann Arbor and a major shopping destination for the greater Ann Arbor area
LU17Land Use2009
To rehabilitate existing structures and to redevelop obsolete sites in a manner which best contributes to the improved economic condition of the commercial corridor
LU18Land Use2009
To improve the commercial corridor’s accessibility to the region and to facilitate unencumbered travel into and around the corridor, the neighborhood and the region
LU19Land Use2009
To achieve a commercial corridor that is a physically attractive, cohesive shopping district, with a unified visual impact that conveys a sense of place and provides a positive impression
Plan and maintain public infrastructure systems to sustain existing and future downtown development
Encourage dense land use and development patterns which draw people downtown and foster an active street life, contribute to its function as an urban residential neighborhood and support a sustainable transportation system
Promote downtown as the center of commerce in the community Strengthen and expand a balanced mix of downtown’s active uses, such as shops and services, restaurants, and entertainment attractions, by providing convenient transit and parking, a quality pedestrian environment, strategically located vehicular and bicycle parking, and a diverse land use context needed to support a successful retail environment
Promote a balanced mix of office, service, and cultural uses in the downtown area to complement retail and residential development and to create a diverse center of urban activity
Support the private development of a downtown conference/civic center within the Core area Further investigate the costs and benefits of public funding participation in the construction and/or operation of such a downtown visitor attraction
Encourage downtown’s highest density development and tallest buildings to locate within the Core areas to create the critical mass of activity and density needed to support a range of central retail, service, cultural, residential, and entertainment functions and transportation modes
Preserve and enhance incremental transitions in land use, density, building scale and height in the Interface areas located between downtown’s neighborhood edges and Core Areas
Protect the livability of residentially zoned neighborhoods adjacent to downtown
Encourage new development to reinforce historic buildings’ contribution to downtown’s identity and pedestrian orientation
Encourage articulation in the massing of larger new buildings to fit sensitively into the existing development context Encourage design approaches which minimize the extent to which high-rise buildings create negative impacts in terms of scale, shading, and blocking views
Improve and extend downtown’s system of pedestrian connections through public and private streetscape improvements
Encourage both rehabilitation and new development projects to enhance the pedestrian scale and orientation of streets which serve as downtown’s primary pedestrian connections Ensure that all other downtown streets also provide attractive and comfortable environments for people on foot
Encourage the development of parks, plazas, through-block arcades and atrium spaces, emphasizing small open spaces distributed throughout downtown
Encourage the creation of new public spaces within the downtown and rehabilitation of existing spaces, including indoor public meeting and performing arts space
Foster the development of a system of linked open spaces on the floor of the Allen Creek valley to create an amenity which encourages residential investment and provides an improved transition between the downtown Core and west side neighborhoods
Improve the visual quality of major downtown entrance corridors
Ensure that the traffic increases generated by future growth can be accommodated without jeopardizing the quality of the non-motorized environment, overtaxing the capacity of the existing street network, or channeling significantly increased auto traffic through neighborhoods
Emphasize high level of multi-modal assets within the Downtown community, and capitalize on these assets to reduce parking demand prior to taking supply-oriented actions
Reduce parking pressures on neighborhood streets and discourage the encroachment of offstreet parking into residential areas
Encourage the development of structured (rather than surface) parking to serve new downtown development, giving special emphasis to the construction of underground parking in all major projects
Promote the development of public parking as part of larger private projects rather than freestanding structures Develop guidelines for better parking facility design, including the use of ground level retail frontages; landscaped setbacks; and through-block connections
Improve the quality of maintenance on downtown streets bicycle lanes, bicycle parking, sidewalks, alleys, and public spaces
LU42Huron River & Impoundment Management Plan2009
Consider non-recreational uses (such as restaurants, cultural facilities and power generation) as long as they are supportive of other goals
LU43Non-motorized transportation2007
Incorporate non-motorized best practices into all relevant policies, and all aspects and stages of planning available to the City and its partner organizations
LU44Non-motorized transportation2007
Provide a comprehensive, easy to implement non-motorized network as an integral component of the City's transportation system
LU45Non-motorized transportation2007
Generate planning and design guidelines that will direct planning new facilities or modifying existing facilities
LU46Non-motorized transportation2007
Increase awareness of the opportunities for, and benefits of, non-motorized transportation, as well as provide information to all users on safe ways to integrate motorized and non-motorized modes of transportation
LU47Natural Features2004
Ensure that infrastructure projects proposed in the City's Capital Improvements Program are consistent with the goals and strategies found in the Natural Features Master Plan. Development should be planned and infrastructure maintained, so that the capacity of the infrastructure will not be exceeded during heavy rain events, electric power loss, or other infrastructure failures
LU48Natural Features2004
Continue to add greenways, linkages, parkland, and other open space, managed as much as possible as natural areas, along the River, up the tributaries, and upland
LU49Natural Features2004
Establish a network of greenways throughout the City that provide non motorized connections between various land uses, such as neighborhoods, commercial and employment centers, downtown and the University of Michigan, and that help retain the shape and continuity of natural features, especially along stream corridors, between parks and through new neighborhoods. The network also should extend to greenways located on adjacent township and County properties
LU50Comprehensive Plan Washtenaw County2004
Promote an efficient pattern of development that maintains our sense of place, preserves our natural resources and reduces the effects of sprawl
LU51Comprehensive Plan Washtenaw County2004
Provide adequate and accessible parks and recreation for all residents and develop regional open space systems and a countywide greenway and trail system to promote a sense of place, preserve important natural features and provide non-motorized transportation opportunities
LU52Comprehensive Plan Washtenaw County2004
To protect, preserve and restore the historic resources of Washtenaw County including houses, farmsteads, bridges, schoolhouses, underground railroad sites, places of worship, significant landscape features and viewsheds
LU53Comprehensive Plan Washtenaw County2004
Strategically plan for and invest in a transportation network that meets the needs of future residents and businesses while promoting our sense of place and protecting the environment
LU54Comprehensive Plan Washtenaw County2004
To plan and provide sewer and water systems that meet the needs of future residents and businesses while promoting growth management, land use and environmental goals of the comprehensive plan
LU55Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy2003
Create incentive programs that encourage alternative transportation options and alternative fuels
LU56Malletts Creek Restoration Plan2000
Identify and address all necessary structural and engineering improvements
LU57Storm Water Master Plan1997
Identify enhancements and modifications to present design standards, regulations, and ordinances to provide a consistent, comprehensive, and complete basis for future analyses and development of improvements
LU58Energy Plan 1994
Assess the coordination of land use and transportation components of the City to promote energy efficiency