Development Review

Development Review

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New construction and site improvements are subject to the City of Ann Arbor's development review requirements, with the exception of single- and two-family dwellings and interior alterations of a non-residential building.  Annexations, rezonings and land divisions also are subject to this review process.Planning Services coordinates the development review process, working with City staff from other units to confirm compliance with City codes.

​Petition Applications

To start the development review process, an application is submitted to the Planning Department, and depending on the type of petition, additional drawings or plans are required. Once filed, a project is referred to as a "petition" and the person submitting the project is called a "petitioner".

Tracking Petitions Under Review

There are
several different ways to follow petitions currently under review by the City.  Petitions that can be accessed through the methods below include:
  • Site and area plans
  • Rezonings
  • Annexations
  • Land divisions
  • Special exception uses
  • Historic District Commission applications

View current petitions under review by using the eTRAKit database.

Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Petitions Under Review RSS feed.    ​​

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Petition Review Schedule and Fees

The Planning Commission meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.  New petitions are accepted once a month. The filing deadlines and review fees are provided below: 

Petition Application Process

Step-by-Step Guide to the Development Review Process  (PDF)
Planning Services has moved to on-line petition submission and review through the City's eTrakit software. Please follow the steps below in preparing your petition (see submittal requirements below):
Timeframe​Requirement​Contact Information​
8 weeks before submittal deadline​

Downtown projects only: submit Design Review Board application​

Projects with Dwelling Units:  review the Guide to Developer Parks and Open Space Contributions

Alexis DiLeo
734-794-6000 x ​42610​

Hillary Hanzel  734-794-6000 x42548 

6 weeks before submittal​ deadline​

Confirm Citizen Participation requirement.             See the Developer's Guide to the Citizen Participation Requirements (PDF) for details.

​Planning Staff 
or 734-794-6265​
4-6 weeks before submittal​ deadline​Set up an eTrakit account and obtain a PIN​Mia Gale
or (734) 794-6000 x 42665​​
1-2 weeks before submittal deadline​​Schedule a presubmission meeting. Bring a  hard copy of the plans and the completed Petitioner Checklist   (PDF)​Planning Staff 
or 734-794-6265​​
1 week before submittal deadline​​​Prepare electronic files and review the eTrakit Submittal Manual (PDF). Contact staff with questions.​Mia Gale
or (734) 794-6000 x 42665​​
Submittal date, prior to noon deadline​
Login at and submit application materials identified at the presubmission meeting, including:
Planning Staff 
or 734-794-6265​
Submittal date​

Submit fee payment through the Credit Card Authorization Form  (PDF) or check to the City of Ann Arbor​

Mia Gale
or (734) 794-6000 x 42665​

Application Materials

Review Process

The review requirements and process for specific petition types are summarized below:


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

Guide to City of Ann Arbor Annexation Process  ( PDF) - Provides information about applying for annexation and zoning, the review process, obtaining public utilities, improvement charges and fees and contact information

Land Divisions

Site Plans

Street/Right-of-Way Vacations 

Zoning and Use Changes

Downtown Projects

Checklists and Guides

A pre-submission meeting is required before a petition is accepted. Planning staff uses a submittal checklist to determine if petitions, particularly site plans, contain all required information.  


For Citizen Participation Postcards: To insert your required location map and elevation image or rendering, you may need a PDF editing program. If you are unable to insert the photos, your chosen printing service for these postcards should be able to insert them. This postcard is to be 8.5 x 5.5 inches in size.  For questions regarding completing this postcard requirement, please contact Kristen Vander Lugt by email at

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

Brett Lenart, AICP 
734.794.6000 x42606