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Community includes goals that improve the quality of life for all members of the community. Community goals strengthen our community by ensuring access to basic needs and services, and providing diverse and affordable housing options. Reducing threats to the community and environment from natural, manmade, and climate impacts builds a safer, healthier, and more resilient Ann Arbor for all members of our community.
What are the goals?
Engaged Community - Ensure our community is strongly connected through outreach, opportunities for engagement, and stewardship of community resources
Diverse Housing - Provide high quality, safe, efficient, and affordable housing choices to meet the current and future needs of our community, particularly for homeless and low-income households
Human Services - Provide services that meet basic human needs of impoverished and disenfranchised residents to maximize the health and well-being of the community
Safe Community - Minimize risk to public health and property from manmade and natural hazards
Active Living & Learning - Improve quality of life by providing diverse cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities for all members of our community ||
Economic Vitality - Develop a prosperous, resilient local economy that provides opportunity by creating jobs, retaining and attracting talent, supporting a diversity of businesses across all sectors, and rewarding investment in our community
What way cool projects are underway?
- In September 2013, residents were asked to provide opinions on city services, amenities, and their quality of life in Ann Arbor. The National Citizen Survey, conducted by the National Research Center, was sent to 3,000 Ann Arbor residents. As part of the City's Strategic Plan, the Communications Office will aim to conduct this survey biannually.
- Ann Arbor Housing Commission is redeveloping 100% of its sites over the next few years and anticipates building around 50 additional housing units. A new project at North Maple Estates includes 46 energy efficiency housing units. Six apartments in a demonstration project on-site will showcase energy efficiency, low-toxicity and durable design strategies.
- In the fall of 2010, the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and the United Way of Washtenaw County pioneered a new coordinated funding model to fund human service programs across Washtenaw County. This coordinated effort maximizes the community impact of funding and has strengthened the effectiveness of both non-profits and grant makers in the human services sector.
- Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan was adopted by City Council in 2012. In addition to climate mitigation strategies, the CAP also recommends five adaptation strategies to help the city prepare for and become more resilient to climate impacts.
- The Argo Cascades opened in May 2012 to provide a series of nine drops and pools for the public to enjoy in tubes, rafts, canoes, and kayaks. The Cascades are located in the Huron River below the Argo Canoe Livery and near the Broadway Bridges overpass. At the Argo Canoe Livery, visitors can rent one-person kayaks, two-person kayaks, five-person rafts, and tubes to travel down the cascades. The Argo Cascades were designated by the national City Parks Alliance as a "Frontline Park" for providing an inspiring example of urban park excellence, design innovation, and stewardship. The Cascades also earned the 2012 Michigan Recreation and Park Association Park Design Award.
The Redevelopment Ready Communities Program is a state-wide certification effort led by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) that supports communities in their efforts to be competitive in today's economy. Ann Arbor was one of eight communities selected by the MEDC in 2103 to receive a no-cost, comprehensive assessment and a report with recommended strategies for enhancing the city's economic vitality. The Community Assessment Evaluation Findings Report (pdf) was completed in October of 2014, and city staff is reviewing the report's recommendations.