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Posted on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 : 9:25 a.m.

Ann Arbor's downtown zoning evaluation project continues with more public meetings planned

By Ryan J. Stanton

The second phase of the Ann Arbor Planning Commission's evaluation of the downtown zoning continues with more public meetings and online surveys planned.


Members of the public participate in a review of the downtown zoning at a recent public meeting in Ann Arbor.

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Upcoming events include public focus group meetings this week:

  • Monday, Sept. 9, noon-1 p.m., brown bag lunch in the board room at the Chamber of Commerce, 115 W. Huron St.
  • Monday, Sept. 9, 5-6 p.m., Traverwood Library Branch Multi-Purpose Room, 3333 Traverwood Drive.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10, 5-6 p.m., Pizza House, 618 Church St.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5-6 p.m., Bill's Beer Garden, 218 S. Ashley St.
  • Thursday, Sept. 12, 8-9 a.m., Downtown Development Authority offices, 150 S. Fifth Ave.

Other opportunities for the community to get involved in the downtown zoning evaluation project include:

  • "Community Coffees" with consultants to hear community views on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 19 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Espresso Royale, 324 S. State St.
  • A public workshop on Thursday, Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m., Workantile Exchange, 118 S. Main St., to review options for changes to the downtown zoning.
  • Online surveys available at

Updates will be posted at throughout the process. A link to sign up for e-mail updates can be found on the website.

The Planning Commission's Ordinance Revisions Committee is overseeing the zoning evaluation process. ENP & Associates, a planning consulting firm based in Ann Arbor, was hired to facilitate the process with assistance from the city's planning staff.

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Mon, Sep 9, 2013 : 11:15 p.m.

I hope that the public provides a sizable representation at these meetings although some are scheduled at inconvenient times and locations. Parking could be a problem because of limited availability and parking fee cost. Meetings scheduled after 6 pm will likely attract more participation, perhaps utilizing branch libraries or even local intermediate level schools.