Ann Arbor City Planning Commission: October 3, 2023

Oct 3, 2023 | Planning

This meeting was held in person at City Hall.

Commissioner Lee was absent
Commissioner Mills was absent
Commissioner Wyche was absent

APPROVED: 900 Briarwood Circle Site Plan and Rezoning for City Council Approval. The developer proposes to replace the existing Sears store with a two-level grocery (57,649 sq. ft.) and a two-level sporting goods store (100,000 sq. ft.) with an adjacent playing field. The proposal also includes 354 multi-family residential units in four-story buildings, a parking garage, and redesigned parking with added landscaping. A new connector roadway will intersect with Briarwood Circle, east of Mall Drive. The 18.2-acre site will undergo rezoning from P (Parking District) to C2B (Commercial), affecting 8.29 acres. (Legistar)

APPROVED: Site plan for 1655 Plymouth Road to build a 2500 square foot Taco Bell with a single drive-through lane, replacing a vacant Wendy’s restaurant. Site access to remain off Plymouth Rd and Osage Drive with 35 parking spaces located in front of the restaurant. (Legistar)

POSTPONED: Proposed amendments to the Planning Commission bylaws are postponed to the meeting of November 14, 2023. (Legistar)

  • These changes were initially approved by the Planning Commission on July 18, 2023 https://a2council.com/ann-arbor-city-planning-commission-july-18-2023/
  • Minutes from that meeting summarized 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.
  • Approval of these changes was postponed from the September 19, 2023 meeting: https://a2council.com/ann-arbor-city-planning-commission-september-19-2023/
  • From a staff report for the September 19, 2023 meeting (link)
    • Numerous concepts were discussed that arose during the Commission’s discussion on July 18th, that would benefit from additional discussion. To support a productive discussion of these concepts on October 3rd, staff will address the following items:
      • A method of Conflict of Interest that requires Planning Commission to act or vote on more or all declarations of Conflict of Interest.
        • If pursued, how would resolution occur if the Planning Commission deemed no conflict existed, while an individual does.
      • Could the use of abstention votes be utilized in the Planning Commission’s activities, as an additional option to a typical yes/no vote, or full recusal?

Legistar and Video Links

Legistar: https://a2gov.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=1069330&GUID=C6F62C14-A18F-4631-8C4D-D008D2779B7B

YouTube: https://youtu.be/GuffwDl-apg

CTN Video: https://ctnvideo.a2gov.org/CablecastPublicSite/show/8888

Meeting Length: 2h 40m

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