Development Review

Development Review

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All development projects listed in Table 5.29 ‐1 of the Unified Development Code​ (UDC) are required to undergo the site plan review and approval process. In the City of Ann Arbor all site plans are reviewed and approved by either the Planning Manager, the City Planning Commission , or the City Council depending on the scope of work/work program/proposed activity. This process ensures that the proposed development, land use, or activity meets the standards for approval in the UDC. The site plan review process was recently amended and is effective January 30, 2022.  

Summary of Development Projects that Require Site Plan Review

  • Rezoning applications - a site plan, area plan or conceptual PUD plan is required along with a rezoning application 
  • Special exception use applications - a site plan is required along with an application for a special exception use
  • Certain additions to existing buildings with five or more dwelling units or non-residential uses
  • New construction that results in: five or more dwelling units; residential building(s) in non-residential districts; new non-residential building(s); new or replacement Wireless Communications Tower(s) Certain sidewalk, parking or street construction, rearrangement, reconfiguration, or removal
  • Certain accessory buildings, structures, canopies, decks, patios, plazas or outdoor storage on properties with  five or more dwelling units or that are not zoned residential
  • Changes to approved Natural Feature plans on properties with five or more dwelling units or that are not zoned residential​

For a complete/detailed list see UDC Table 5.29 ‐1 (PDF)

Before you begin to conceptualize your project, please visit the Planning for Sustainability​ page to consider those aspe​cts of development that can be considered early to make your project resilient and efficient.​

Site Plan Rev​​iew Process

The table below outlines the Site Plan Review Process steps to take before submitting a project application. See the Site Plan Revie​​w Process​ (PDF) for information on the entire review process from pre-submittal through approval.

Site Plan Review Pro​cess ​Steps 1- 4

Step 1: Schedule Development Concept Meeting with Planning Staff
At this meeting applicants will:

  • Learn about the ​Site Plan Review Process​​ (PDF)
  • Ask questions about your project
  • Receive early feedback on your development concept
  • Determine your project's Citizen Participation Ordinance requirement (if any) ​

Staff contact: [email protected]

Resources if applicable:

Step 2: Prepare Project Application 

  • Complete/plan your  Citizen Participation Ordinance requirement (if any)
  • Use the Site Plan Review Checklist​ (PDF) to assemble your complete application package

Step 3: Schedule Pre-Submission Meeting with Planning Staff
At this meeting applicants will:

  • Review the project application and plan in detail with staff
  • Confirm project fees (PDF) and required applications

After the Pre-Submission Meeting:​

Create a STREAM​​ account. 

Reference the STREAM User Help Guide for creating an account. 

Step 4: Submit Application

All materials (application, plans, supporting documents, citizen participation report, etc.) must be electronically filed online by noon on the review cycle deadline.

Applicants should contact the Engineering Department​ prior to the application deadline to determine if paper copies of plans are required. ​

Staff will typically review the submitted application within five business days of the submittal deadline to confirm acceptance and review commencement or additional required information.  ​At this time applicants will be invoiced. Applicants can pay invoices online or can contact staff to pay by check.

 After  following the steps outlined above developers may submit their project application on or before the review cycle deadline for that month.

2022 Project Submission Deadlines

  • February 24, 2022 
  • March 24, 2022 
  • April 21, 2022 
  • May 26, 2022
  • June 23, 2022
  • July 28, 2022
  • August 25, 2022
  • September 22, 2022
  • October 20, 2022
  • November 17, 2022
  • December 22, 2022

Forms and A​​pplications

Below are links to information and application forms for annexing property into the City of Ann Arbor from Scio, Pittsfield, or Ann Arbor Townships. Annexation is required of properties that request City water or sanitary sewer service. This information generally applies to owners of single- or two-family dwellings or vacant residential lots. To request annexation of property other than single- or two-family, contact Planning & Development Services at [email protected].

Brownfield Policy

Citizen Participation

Planning Services has enacted a series of temporary modifications to Citizen Participation Guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic and related orders.  These modifications provide for virtual citizen participation meetings to be held in advance of any planning petitions, as required by ordinance.  We recommend you contact staff to ensure your plan will meet these expectations, or if you have any questions about this process.

Land Divisions

Site Plans and Area Plans

Street and Right-of-Way Vacations

City Review of Public/Charter School Site Plans

  Rezoning, PUD's, Special Exception Uses​


Last Updated: 9-16-2022

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

Brett Lenart, AICP 
[email protected] 
734.794.6000 x42606

Paying Planning Review Fees (PDF)

To pay by check:​ 

​​​​​​​​​​Mail check made to the City of Ann Arbor to City of Ann Arbor Planning Services Attn: Mia Gale, P.O. Box 8647Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8647 

Applicants must notify ​Mia Gale [email protected] of mailed check. Failure to notify could result in review postponement.​​