Ann Arbor City Council: December 21, 2020

Dec 22, 2020 | City Council

This was the eighteenth 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.

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: Resolution asking Staff and Planning commission to consider amendments to an ordinance passed 9/4/20, regulating the location of short-term-rentals in the City. Amendments will be drafted to preserve businesses already located in residentially zoned districts. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Water rate increases: 7% (starting January 1, 2021) and increase again by 6.5% (starting July 1, 2021). These changes are projected to increase revenues to the Water Supply System by $1.47 million (more than FY2020). (Legistar)

APPROVED: Solar panel installation in Multi-family, Mixed Use, Non-residential and Special Purpose districts (up to 10,000 square feet) will be permitted under certain conditions without a Site Plan Review. (This amendment is prompted by a specific development proposal to expand a parking cover and create a larger surface for solar collection.) District height maximums will have (up to) a 12-foot exception for the purpose of mounting rooftop solar. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $72,000 to support Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (Winter Emergency Shelter & Warming Center). (Legistar)

APPROVED: $12,000 allocation of Special Assistance Fund to Barrier Busters. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $50,000 of direct assistance to Ann Arbor Residents through Barrier Busters. (Legistar)

A2ELNEL Voting Chart

Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for December 21, 2020 Part 1
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for December 21, 2020 Part 2
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for December 21, 2020 Part 3

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