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​​​​​​​​Welcome to Planning Services!

Planning Services works to guide land use development, policy, and preservation that best meets the City's goals. This work is steered by the Comprehensive Plan, initiatives put forth by the City Planning Commission, community efforts, and/or by changes in state and local legislature. To support this work, Planning Services is responsible for the following:

Boards and Commissions: Planning Services supports the City Planning Commission, the Design Review Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Historic District Commission​.

Zoning Code Administration: Staff is responsible for administering, preparing amendments for, and maintaining the City's zoning ordinance, known as the Unified Development Code​.

Long Range Planning:  Planning Services is responsible for implementing and updating long-term land use goals outlined in documents that make up the C​​ity's Comprehensive Plan​

Current Planning Initiatives: Visit the Current Planning Initiatives webpage to check out our current and past projects.

May is Historic Preservation Month!

Each May, the United States has celebrated its historic resources during National Preservation Week (1973-2004) and Preservation Month (2005-present). Led by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this year's theme is People Saving Places. ​ Learn more here!​

New Services Added to Online Permitting System - STREAM​

The City of Ann Arbor is launching the second phase of the EnerGov  software. Beginning March 18, the system will beging managing the resources and processes for the items below as the current system eTrakit is phased out

  • Historic District Commission applications.

  • Building and trade permitting.

  • Right of way permits.

  • Plan submittal and review.

  • Land management.

  • Record retention.

Access to EnerGov is located at

Please contact staff​ with any questions. 

Reports of Activities

2020-2021 Planning Services Activities Report- Coming soon!

2019 Planning Services Activities Report​ - This report notes our most recent accomplishments, partnerships, and initiatives as well as provides a summary of development within the city in the 2019 calendar year. (This report is best viewed in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge browsers)

Upcoming Resident Participation Opportunities

​A public meeting will be held on May 19, at 7:00 PM for a project at 2670 and 2690 Ann Arbor Saline Road. 

Andrew and Julie Reiff propose to rezone their property to "Office" from "R1C" in order to maintain their existing business office at this location. No changes or development are proposed at this time; any future changes will require a site plan and additional neighborhood notification. Reiffs believe that the residential designation is no longer appropriate for this location, located on very busy Ann Arbor Saline Road, and that the Office designation would provide an appropriate buffer to the existing residential neighborhoods.

To attend visit and enter Meeting ID: 929 4762 6957

More information: Resident Participation Postcard (PDF)​

A public meeting will be held on May 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM for a project at 2929 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. 

The proposed development includes demolition of an existing building and construction of a new building for use as a financial institution. The proposed single story building is approximately 4,750 square feet.

To attend visit : 

ONLINE VIDEO MEETING via enter Meeting ID: 872 9079 2477; Password: 277387
Audio Only call toll free: 1-312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID: 872 9079 2477

More information: Resident Participation Postcard (PDF)​

Staff Services and Hours of Operation

In a continued effort to protect public health and safety due to the Covid- 19 virus, all Planning Services operations are taking place remotely.  

For general questions, please email at [email protected] or call 734-794-6265.​

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​Planning Services
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor
Planning Manager

Brett Lenart, AICP 
[email protected] 
734.794.6000 x42606

Staff members are available remotely by email and phone between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.