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The Treeline- Allen Creek Urban Trail Master Plan Project

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​​​​​Formerly the Allen Creek Greenway Master Plan Project

Master Plan Adoption

Planning Commission unanimously accepted the Master Plan update at their November 8 meeting.

The Ann Arbor City Council unanimously adopted The Treeline - Allen Creek Urban Trail Master Plan as an amendment to the City Master Plan on December 18, 2017.

A jurisdictional review of the draft Master Plan has been completed. 
Jurisdictional Review Memo


In August 2011, The Ann Arbor City Council passed a Resolution in Support of the Allen Creek Greenway (R-11-​325). Shortly thereafter, staff developed a draft scope of work for a "master plan approach" for what would become known as the Treeline, which includes the following study areas:

  • The Treeline Argo Cascades to South State Street, primarily along Ann Arbor Railroad corridor (owned by WATCO).
  • First and William: a City owned parcel located on the northeast corner of the intersection. 
  • 415 West Washington Street: a City owned, 2.52-acre site located on the south side of West Washington Street between First and Third Streets, within the Downtown Development Authority District and Old West Side Historic District.
  • North Main Corridor:
    • 721 North Main Street: a City owned, 5.10-acre site located on the west side of North Main Street between Felch Street and West Summit Street.
    • N. Main Street and adjacent parks and amenities between M-14 and Summit Street
    • N. Main and Depot Street Intersection.  

On May 18, 2015, City Council passed a resolution to adopt the FY2016 budget which includes $200,000 for consulting services for development of a master plan for the Treeline. The Treeline Master Plan process will explore improvement options that balance the needs and desires of a variety of users and considers the significant resources within the study area.  To develop this plan, City of Ann Arbor staff recommended a planning process to engage stakeholders, community leaders and residents in shaping the scope, content and direction of the master plan.  The Team Organization Chart shows the various groups that will be involved in the process, including a Project Management Team, Technical Advisory Committee, Citizen Advisory Committee, and Stakeholders/Community at Large. 

Citizen Advisory Committee Members

Views of Citizen Advisory Committee members do not necessarily reflect views of groups and organizations from which they are affiliated.

  • Peter Allen; Peter Allen & Associates
  • Maria Arquero De Alarcon; UM, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at Taubman College
  • Eric Boyd; Board Member: Old West Side Association & Friends of the Border to Border Trail.  Old West Side resident
  • Terry Bravender; Water Hill Resident
  • Robin Burke; Land Protection Manager, Legacy Land Conservancy
  • Vince Caruso; Allen's Creek Watershed Group (ACWG)
  • Bob Galardi; Parks Advisory Commission
  • Nancy Goldstein; Old West Side Resident
  • Sue Gott; University Planner
  • Chris Graham; Environmental Commission
  • Robin Grosshuesch; Water Hill Resident
  • Jim Kosteva; UM Director of Government Relations
  • Darren McKinnon; Allen Cree)k Greenway Conservancy, Downtown Development Authority
  • Sarah Mills; City Planning Commission
  • Rita Mitchell; Sierra Club Huron Valley Group
  • Melinda Morris; Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy
  • Seth Peterson; Old West Side resident, bicyclist
  • Alice Ralph; Burns Park (South) Neighborhood Resident
  • Ellen Ramsburgh; Historic District Commission
  • Sonia Schmerl; Board Member: Old West Side Association, Old West Side Resident
  • Sandi Smith; Downtown Development Authority (past member), Neighbor

Public Engagement

Materials from past Treeline Project Meetings, including presentations, agendas, and discussion summaries are available on the project's do​cu​ments page​

Access the Treeline Master Plan Project Google Drive for a repository of documents and resources. Access the Treeline Master Plan Project Google Group for email publically viewable email archives including exchange of resources, drafts and working materials. 

The Google Group and Google Drive are maintained by City staff but may include resources and communications exchanged among Citizen Advisory Committee members that do not necessarily reflect views or final preferences of the City of Ann Arbor.  

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