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Land Use and Access

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Land Use and Access refers to Ann Arbor's built environment and how community members live and use this environment. Land Use and A​ccess goals include different infrastructure systems and elements of the built environment. Integrated land uses and transportation systems increase the accessibility of our community. Integrating a variety of land uses in our downtown, neighborhoods, and corridors encourages pedestrian activity, uses land and infrastructure more efficiently, and provides access to more transportation choices. Maintaining and improving infrastructure systems, like streets, sidewalks, and the urban forest, help provide city services and build a more resilient Ann Arbor. ​

What are the goals?

Transportation Options – Establish a physical and cultural environment that supports and encourages safe, comfortable, and efficient ways for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users to travel throughout the city and region ​​

Sustainable Systems – Plan for and manage constructed and natural infrastructure systems to meet the current and future needs of our community​

Integrated Land Use – Encourage a compact pattern of diverse development that maintains our unique sense of place, preserves our natural systems, and strengthens our neighborhoods, corridors, and downtown​


What way cool projects are underway?​

Ann Arbor ​Climate Partnership Celebration Season

  • ​Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan identifies ten actions to lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower vehicle miles traveled by providing transportation options. The Ann Arbor​ Climate Partnership announced its first celebration season will focus on encouraging sustainable transportation​ in the community.

Downtown Zoning Amendments

  • The Downtown Zoning Premium Evaluation is an effort to determine if the current premium options offered in the City's Zoning Ordinance are in keeping with today's needs and goals for downtown Ann Arbor, especially with regard to housing affordability, energy efficiency and quality design.  

Redevelopment Ready Communities

  • 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.

Reimagine Washtenaw

  • Reimagine Washtenaw is a multi-jurisdictional planning effort to improve land use and transportation along the Washtenaw Avenue corridor.  It includes the four communities that have frontage along the corridor: the City of Ann Arbor, the City of Ypsilanti, Pittsfield Charter Township and Ypsilanti Charter Township.

Urban and Community Forestry Management Plan

  • In 2014, City Council adopted Ann Arbor's first Urban and Community Forestry Management Plan to increase the quality and size of the urban and community forest, which is an adaptive strategy to improve water quality and limit flooding by mitigating stormwater runoff. The City is undertaking several programs to maintain and improve the health and condition of trees. For example, the Citizen Pruner program trains volunteers on how to prune young trees to develop strong structure and proper form.​


Where are we now?
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​Poor​Not Assessed
Where are we going?​ ​
​Getting Better​Stable
​Getting Worse​Unknown