Ann Arbor City Planning Commission: July 18, 2023

Jul 18, 2023 | Planning

This meeting was held in person at City Hall.

Commissioner Sauve was absent

APPROVED: 3945 – 3957 South State Site Plan and Special Exception Use. A proposal to reduce the size of the existing building at 3949-3957 South State by 1,384 square feet and add a drive through lane along the rear of the building. (Legistar)

APPROVED: A staff-initiated proposal to vacate one block of East Mosley Street between the Ann Arbor Railroad Tracks and South Fifth Avenue. The road exists only on paper and bisects the parcels at 202 and 214 East Madison Street. (Legistar)

  • The staff report explains: “At the request of the University of Michigan, staff has initiated a street vacation for a segment of East Mosley Street that was never constructed. The East Mosley Street segment bisects the former Fingerle Lumber Company parcels and runs between the Ann Arbor Railroad tracks and South Fifth Avenue. The University now owns the adjacent parcels and wishes to unite the north and south halves of their property to allow future development.”

APPROVED: Planning Commission officer appointments

  • Chair – Wonwoo Lee
  • Vice Chair – Ellie Abrons
  • Secretary – Donnell Wyche

A nomination to elect Lisa Sauve as Chair failed in a 3-4 vote.

APPROVED: Planning Commission committee assignments:

  • Master Plan Review: Clarke, Disch, Hammerschmidt, Lee, Sauve, Wyche
  • Ordinance Revisions: Abrons, Hammerschmidt, Mills, Sauve
  • Environmental Commission: Disch
  • Transportation: Lee
  • Zoning Board of Appeals: Clarke (will need to be approved by City Council)

APPROVED: Proposed changes to the Planning Commission bylaws (link to proposal). These changes will be reviewed by City staff and will be on the August 15, 2023 Planning Commission meeting agenda for approval. Changes to voting requirements will require an ordinance change approved by City Council.

The meeting minutes summarize the proposed changes:

  • The investigation of alternative ethics, conflicts of interest and recusal language as discussed and directed
  • The modification of section 5.2 one from him or herself to themselves.
  • The removal of the proposed change to section 8.3 the time for a developer petition at the discretion of the chair
  • Modification of all votes from 6 to 5, where, appropriate by law.

UPDATE: Approval of the proposed bylaw changes have been postponed several times:

Legistar and Video Links

Legistar: https://a2gov.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=1069317&GUID=991E1119-46D8-44BB-9FCD-4D6C9F1AA944

YouTube: https://youtu.be/2KXOSVrjUa4

CTN Video: https://ctnvideo.a2gov.org/CablecastPublicSite/show/8592

Meeting Length: 1h 53m

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