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To support efforts to slow the spread of the virus COVID-19, the City of Ann Arbor has closed Larcom City Hall to the public effective 5 p. m. Friday, March 13, through Sunday, April 5.  Despite this closure, Planning Services is continuing operations remotely. Should you have a general planning question, please either email us at or call 734-794-6265 (this voicemail inbox is checked hourly).  Direct Staff contact information is below. Staff members are available remotely by email and phone between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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No physical payments (cash, checks, cards) are being accepted at City Hall. Please DO NOT include payment information with your project/permit applications. Fees will be invoiced via post mail and may be paid online (with a convenience fee) or by check mailed to our third party payment processing center addressed to: Dept #77621, City of Ann Arbor Treasurer, PO Box 77000, Detroit, MI 48277-0621.

Planning Staff Directory:

Brett Lenart, AICP

Planning Manager

​734.794.6265 x 42606

​Chris Cheng, AICP 

City Planner

​734.794.6265 x 42616

​Alexis DiLeo, AICP

City Planner

​734.794.6265 x 42610​

​Jeff Kahan, AICP

City Planner

​734.794.6265 x 42614​

​Matthew Kowalski, AICP

City Planner

​734.794.6265 x 42612

​Jill Thacher, AICP

City Planner, Historic Preservation Coordinator

​734.794.6265 x 42608​

​Jon Barrett

Zoning Coordinator

​734.794.6265 x 42654

​Mia Gale

Administrative Assistant

​734.794.6265 x 42665​

Kristen Vander Lugt

Administrative Assistant

734.794.6265 x 42618

Welcome to Planning Services

The Ann Arbor City Planning Services 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. 

Find out more about our current and recent projects on the City Planning Initiatives page.  Check out our Economic Health page for how we are working to achieve Ann Arbor's sustainability goal of a resilient local economy. The Zoning​​ Maps​ page includes mapAnnArbor, the city's dynamic online mapping system, as well as individual PDF zoning maps for downloading. Information about Citizen Participation in the development review process helps residents navigate the development review process.

Unified Development Code (Chapter 55, Ann Arbor City Code)

City Council Adopted the Unified Development Code (UDC) on July 16, 2018. The Unified Development Code​ (UDC) went into effect on July 29, 2018.  Beginning on that date, all zoning decisions and development reviews are made pursuant to this update code. 

Let us know what you think of the new format, we always appreciate feedback .

Short Term Rentals

The City of Ann Arbor is considering changing how it regulates short-term rentals properties like AirBnB, VRBO, etc. To craft polices appropriate for Ann Arbor, the City Planning Services would like your input. Three public input sessions were held on October 6th, 10th, and 12th.

More Information: Short Term Rentals

For questions, please contact Planning Services at 734-794-6265 or







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

Brett Lenart, AICP 
734.794.6000 x42606