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 departments to confirm compliance with City codes.

Petition Review Schedule and Fees

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". 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


 

Timeframe​

Requirement​

Staff 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

Jeff Kahan jkahan@a2gov.org
(734) 794-6000 x ​42612

Hillary Hanzel   hhanzel@a2gov.org  (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 planning@a2gov.org 
or (734) 794-6265​
4-6 weeks before submittal​ deadline​

Set up an eTrakit account and obtain a PIN eTrakit Submittal Manual (PDF)​

Mia Gale mgale@a2gov.org
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 Checklist of Required Informationfor Site Plans (PDF)​Planning Staff planning@a2gov.org 
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 mgale@a2gov.org
or (734) 794-6000 x 42665​​
Submittal date, prior to noon deadline​
Login at www.a2gov.org/permits and submit application materials identified at the presubmission meeting, including:

Planning Staff planning@a2gov.org 
or (734) 794-6265​​

Submittal date​

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

Mia Gale mgale@a2gov.org
(734) 794-6000 x 42665​
Planning Staff Directory

Forms and Applications

Annexations

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 planning@a2gov.org.

 

Brownfield Policy

Land Divisions

Site Plans

Street and Right-of-Way Vacations

City Review of Public/Charter School Site Plans

Zoning and Use Changes

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, and Historic District Commission applications.