Ann Arbor City Planning Commission: November 1, 2023

Nov 1, 2023 | Planning

This meeting was held in person at City Hall.

Commissioner Hammerschmidt was absent

APPROVED: Recommendation that City Council approve the rezoning of 45 parcels in the Plymouth Road area to Transit Corridor Zoning district (TC-1), and designate certain lengths of Plymouth Road as Transit Corridor Street Type. (Legistar)

POSTPONED: Planned Unit Development (PUD) text amendment for 3520 Green Court, which will also require City Council approval. This item was postponed to the January 16, 2023 Planning Commission meeting. (Legistar)

  • The petitioner sent a letter dated Oct 26, 2023 requesting this item be postponed at the November 1, 2023 meeting. (link) City staff recommended postponement to the meeting of January 16, 2024. (link)

Background:

  • A pre-petition PUD conference for this property was held with the Planning Commission on October 11, 2022. (Legistar) No minutes or video of this meeting were made available by the City.
  • This item was considered at the Sept 19, 2023 Planning meeting, where it was postponed to October 17, 2023: https://a2council.com/ann-arbor-city-planning-commission-september-19-2023/
  • According to the staff report for the Sept 19, 2023 meeting (link) “The original PUD Zoning was approved in 1998 for five parcels totaling just over 35 acres. Four of the parcels have existing buildings that were constructed just after the original PUD approval in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. One of the parcels addressed as 3525 Green Court has remained vacant and is 7.2 acres in area
  • From the staff report dated October 6, 2023 (link) “The proposed PUD Zoning District revisions, initially discussed on September 19, 2023, were deferred to October 17th due to concerns about public benefits and PUD Supplemental Regulations. The petitioner is collaborating with parcel owners within the PUD Zoning District to address these concerns and requests a further postponement to the November 1st Planning Commission meeting.”
  • At the October 17, 2023 Planning meeting, this item was postponed to November 1, 2023: https://a2council.com/ann-arbor-city-planning-commission-october-17-2023/
  • On October 19, 2023, the University of Michigan Regents approved the purchase of 3520 Green Court. From the proposal (link): “This property will provide significant flexible space and enable a number of key priorities for the College of Engineering and other academic units. These include providing space for the Michigan Mobility initiative, collaborative research centers, administrative and support activities, as well as swing space for future renovations. A purchase price of $6,650,000 has been established with a tentative closing in December 2023, all subject to approval by the Board of Regents. Existing tenants will be allowed to continue for the remainder of their leases.”
  • Minutes from the October 19, 2023 University of Michigan Regents’ meeting: https://regents.umich.edu/meetings/agendas/october-19-2023/
  • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2023/10/university-of-michigan-seeks-14m-purchase-of-60-acres-in-ann-arbor.html

APPROVED: Site plan for 3874 Research Park Drive. The plan is for a “Phase II” addition to an office/research building currently under construction. The original building is 131,000 sq ft; the proposed addition is 110,800 sq ft, and will include office, research, and lab space. An additional 77 parking spaces would be added, for a total of 376. This item was postponed to the November 1, 2023 meeting. (Legistar)

Legistar and Video Links

Legistar: https://a2gov.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=1069332&GUID=F47B3FCC-C584-48C1-B565-9A67E674821E

YouTube: https://youtu.be/qdznWHSzgZM

CTN Video: https://ctnvideo.a2gov.org/CablecastPublicSite/show/8989

Meeting Length: 3h 5m

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