Ann Arbor City Council: June 18, 2024

Jun 18, 2024 | City Council

This Ann Arbor City Council meeting was held in person at City Hall. Members of the public can participate in public hearings and public comment either in person or via phone.

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Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Summary

APPROVED: The City Administrator is directed to identify a funding source for a study regarding the feasibility of a reparations program to remediate historical injustices and discrimination against Black residents of Ann Arbor. A report will be submitted to Council as soon as practical, with a status update no later than December 2024. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Updated policies for the Affordable Housing Fund. This fund receives contributions that have been negotiated from private developers in exchange for increased building opportunities. Three recently approved developments — 721 S. Forest, 711 Church, and 732 Packard — have generated commitments of about $18.5 million in contributions. These payments will be made after construction and certificates of occupancy have been issued. (Legistar)

APPROVED: $898,179 will fund engineering design services to build two roundabouts. The roundabouts will be located at Pontiac Trail/Dhu Varren and Pontiac Street/Moore/Long Shore Drive. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A Downtown Development District Liquor License will be issued to Alo’s LLC at 221 W. Liberty St. The license will permit a restaurant to offer a full bar that serves a range of beverages, including wine, beer, mixed drinks, and non-alcoholic beverages. (Legistar)

APPROVED (First Reading): A developer has requested an amendment to zoning approved less than a year ago. In September 2023, a 1.7 acre block at State/Stimson was rezoned from R4C (Multiple Family Residential) to C1A/R (Campus Business Residential) in order to permit the construction of a development (“SouthTown by 4M”) that includes 216 dwelling units with a 54 space parking garage. (Legistar)

  • The terms of the rezoning approved in 2023 added conditions, including a limitation on natural gas hookups: “the property shall have no natural gas connections except for emergency back-up power”
  • The developer now requests an amendment to change this condition to: “the property will demonstrate continuous microgrid at 60-75% less carbon intensity (CI) than electricity incumbent DTE”
  • The City Planning Commission approved the original rezoning to C1A/R for the Southtown development on June 21, 2023: https://a2council.com/ann-arbor-city-planning-commission-june-21-2023/
  • Council approved the rezoning to C1A/R on Aug 7, 2023: https://a2council.com/ann-arbor-city-council-august-7-2023/
  • The City Planning Commission approved this week’s proposed zoning amendment on May 7, 2024: https://a2council.com/ann-arbor-city-planning-commission-may-7-2024/
  • According to the Planning staff report (link), the developer plans to “generate its own electricity from fuel cells using renewable natural gas fuels or hydrogen fuels”
  • A letter from the Southtown designer (link) explains that the developers plan to utilize renewable natural gas (RNG) from “agricultural emissions or via biodigestion, if commercially available.” The developer plans to eventually shift to “green hydrogen” or “blue hydrogen”, neither of which is yet commercially available. If unavailable, the developer plans to purchase RNG from DTE.

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