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​Systems Planning 
301 E. Huron St., 4th Floor
P.O. Box 8647
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
734.794.​6430 (voice)
734.994.1744 (fax)​

​​​​​Systems Planning is responsible ​for several areas of the development review process. Questions regarding these areas should be directed to [email protected]. Other questions about the development review process should be directed to the Planning and Development Services Unit.

What We Review

Utilities and Public Rights-of-Way

Systems Planning Unit staff review development petitions primarily for:

  • Proposed public utilities (water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer)
  • Sidewalks and street lights
  • Public right-of-way access and/or modification t​o public streets
  • Utility system capacities and impacts related to development proposals, including sanitary sewer mitigation and Footin​g Drain Disconne​cts​

Public utility, right-of-way standards and construction processes fall within the Engineering unit. 

Solid Waste and Recycling

Systems Planning Unit staff reviews the following refuse and recycling issues as part of the development review process:

  • Collection systems
  • On-site storage containers
  • Container screening requirements

Natural Features and Environmental Impacts

Systems Planning Unit staff provides support to the Environmental and Developmental Coordination staff in the Building Services Unit in reviewing petitions involving the following natural features and environmental impacts:

  • Public street trees
  • Landmark trees
  • Landscaping and screening
  • Wetlands
  • Watercourses
  • Steep slopes
  • Invasive species
  • Floodplain management
  • Storm water management
  • Soil erosion and sedimentation control​
  • Grading and drainage

Environment​al code links and Building Services Unit staff contact information may be found at the Environmental and Developmental Coordination webpage.​

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