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Planning Services works to guide land use development, policy and preservation that best meets the City of Ann Arbor'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 Administration: Staff is responsible for administering, preparing amendments for, and maintaining the City's zoning ordinance and development standards, known as the Unified Development Code​.
  • Development Review:  Planning Services accepts and coordinates review and approval of development activities including site plans, rezoning petitions, special exception uses, and land divisions.  See the Development Review webpage for more information and applications as well as submitting an application. ​
  • 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 recently completed projects.

​STREAM Online Plan a​​​nd Permitting System Services​

Planning and Development Services is now using a new plan and permitting system called EnerGov, with an entirely online customer service web page called STREAM.  You can now apply for all of these types of plans and projects, and more, completely online including payment:  

  • Site Plan applications
  • Special Exception Use, Rezoning, and other planning petitions
  • Historic District Commission applications
  • Zoning Board of Appeals applications
  • Zoning information reports and analysis reports
  • Land division and land transfer applications
  • Building and trade permits

 Use and bookmark this link for easy access to STREAM  Please contact staff​ with any questions. ​

Upcoming Citizen Par​ticipation Notices and Meetings

809 Henry Street Site Plan Notice - This project includes a single story 1,700 square foot addition to the existing three-tenant building.  The development will provide four additional dwelling units and incorporate a rain-garden and green-roof system for on-site storm water management.

Click 809 Henry.​pdf to view a PDF version of the notice postcard.

2900 South Main Street  - The owner of the property has proposed to build a new apartment building on 3-stories of approximately 46 residenti​​​​al units above 1-story of parking at grade.  ​Click 2900 South Main Street.pdf to view the postcard.  ​​

2935 Birch Hollow Drive - The proposal is to construct a 615 sf addition to the existing 43,880 sf Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor at 2935 Birch Hollow Drive to accommodate an expanded Library and to add a 540 sf detached accessory building for storage north of the existing building.  No additional parking is proposed for the addition.  
This meeting will take place Tuesday, February 14, 2023 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Click 2935 Birch Hollow Drive.pdf for meeting information and to view a PDF version of the postcard.  

3874 Research Park Drive - The developer proposes a 112,000sf building addition to be used for research/development and warehouse space.  Additional parking spaces are also proposed.  This will be phase 2 of a previously approved and developed project.  This meeting will take place Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  Click 3874 Research Park.pdf for meeting information and to view a PDF version of the postcard.  ​

Rep​ort of Acti​vities​​​​

The City of Ann Arbor has published a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a consultant meeting 36 C​​FR 61 qualifications for Architectural History to perform a reconnaissance-level survey of the City's Fourth Ward Historic District. 
The RFP is available on the City's Purchasing website​ and​  ​Proposals are due March 2, 2023 at 2:00pm.  Instructions for submitting questions are on page three of the RFP.

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).

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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.