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Ann Arbor City Council: April 19, 2021

This was the twenty sixth regular Ann Arbor City Council meeting since Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency and stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was held online via the Zoom application. Michigan Open Meetings Act changes effective April 1, 2021 require all Council Members to state their location


City Administrator, Tom Crawford, presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2022 City Budget. (Legistar)


Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

The Ann Arbor Housing Commission is moving forward on the development of affordable housing on three City owned properties

  • APPROVED: The Ann Arbor Housing Commission will pursue rezoning/land division in due diligence toward the development of affordable housing at the City owned property at 721 N Main/W Summit. (Legistar)
  • APPROVED: The Ann Arbor Housing Commission is directed to develop affordable housing at the City owned property at 353 S. Main. (Legistar)
  • APPROVED: The Ann Arbor Housing Commission is directed to develop affordable housing at the City owned property at 1510 E. Stadium Boulevard. (Legistar)
  • Additional Thoughts (Apr 17, 2021) – Affordable Housing
  • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2021/04/ann-arbor-sets-sights-on-developing-affordable-housing-at-three-more-locations.html

APPROVED: A 1.2 acre parcel at 700 North Main was re-zoned from Planned Unit Development (PUD to R4C (Multiple-Family Dwelling) in order to permit the construction of 22 townhomes with reduced setbacks and increased height. The planned project at 700 N. Main was modified to increase height by 3 feet 6 inches, reduce the south side setback by 4 feet 3 inches, and decrease the rear setback by 25 feet 3 inches. (The most significant change – at rear – abuts homes on N. Fourth). The project includes 22 townhomes. (Legistar) (Legistar)

APPROVED: A settlement agreement with DTE (through the Michigan Public Service Commission) is the result of a City challenge to DTE’s Voluntary Green Pricing (VGP) program and its renewable energy build plans. This settlement eliminates differential treatment of residential customers vs. larger users in the VGP program and allows all categories of customers to access the same lower-cost projects. The City will partner with DTE in meetings and discussion to reduce energy demand or eliminate fossil-fueled units. Solar installations at the Ann Arbor landfill will be a pilot program for Community Solar Offering, so the City (the “anchor tenant”) can sponsor the solar project and subscribers (any DTE customer – residential or business) will get the same deal per kilowatt hour as the “anchor tenant.” (Legistar)

APPROVED: Council Member Jeff Hayner (Ward 1) will be removed from committee assignments for seven months (through December 1, 2021). City Council recommends that Council Member Hayner attend relevant anti-discrimination, diversity, and sensitivity training. (Legistar)