Development Review

Design Review Board

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​​​​​Design Review Board

The City of Ann Arbor Design Review Board was established on June 6, 2011 to foster excellence in the design of downtown Ann Arbor's built environment. It advises developers on how a project can meet the spirit and intent of the Ann Arbor Downtown Design Guidelines.​

The Board engages in a dialog with potential applicants for any development that is: 
  • ​in the D1 or D2 zoning district, or located within the DDA boundary zoned or proposed to be zoned PUD,
  • and is not in a historic district,
  • and proposes an increase in floor area,
  • and is a site plan (for City Council approval, for Planning Commission approval, PUD, planned project or administrative amendment to an approved site plan that includes significant building facade changes). 

Any project meeting these criteria is required to meet with the Design Review Board as part of the normal site plan review process. Compliance with the Board's commentary is voluntary.​

The Design Review Board consists of 7 members, including two landscape architects, two architects, one planner, one developer and one contractor. Each member is appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council and serves a three-year term. 

  • Tamara Burns, Architect

  • Gary Cooper, Landscape Architect

  • Lori Singleton, Landscape Architect

  • William Kinley, Developer

  • Richard Mitchell, Architect, Chair

  • Geoffrey Perkins, Contractor, Vice Chair

  • Corry Buckwalter, Planner

  • John Kotarski, Public Art Commission Representative​

​Application Materials 

​Please email your complete application and design plans to

Meetings and Deadlines

The Design Review Board meets at 3:00 pm second Wednesday of each month in the Council Chambers, as needed. Meetings are advertised  in the lobby of City Hall, and by mailings to residents and property owners within 500 feet of the proposed development site. Meetings are open to the general public.

Applications for a meeting are d​ue by noon on the second Wednesday of the prior month.  For example, applications for the June meeting are due by noon on the second Wednesday of May.  Please email your complete application and design plans to

2020 DRB Meeting Dates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one or more of these meetings may be held electronically instead of at the listed location. Notices of electronic meetings will be posted there no later than 18 hours prior to the meeting start.

  • January 08, 2020 3:00 PM
  • February 12, 2020 3:00 PM
  • March 11, 2020 3:00 PM
  • April 08, 2020 3:00 PM
  • May 13, 2020 3:00 PM
  • June 10, 2020 3:00 PM
  • July 08, 2020 3:00 PM
  • August 12, 2020 3:00 PM
  • September 09, 2020 3:00 PM
  • October 14, 2020 3:00 PM 
  • November 18, 2020 3:00 PM
  • December 09, 2020 3:00 PM

The Design Review Board meeting schedule, agendas and packets are available at the City of Ann Arbor's Legislative Information Center

Click to access the City's Meeting, Agenda and Minutes Calendar. Scroll down the page to the Design Review Board meeting and click on the Agenda or Meeting Details links for the packet materials. ​

Jeff Kahan, City Planner
734.794.6000 x 42614

Kristen Vander Lugt, ​ Administrative Assistant 
734.794.6000 x42618