Changes to city code give developers in downtown Ann Arbor more options for providing parking
Developers looking to build in downtown Ann Arbor likely will have a new option soon for meeting the city's off-street parking requirements.
The Ann Arbor City Council voted 11-0 to give initial approval Monday night to changes to the city code that will allow developers to meet the requirements by execution of a contract for parking permits within the city's public parking system.
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"The intent of the proposed amendment is to provide flexibility in addressing parking needs for downtown development," said City Planner Jeff Kahan.
"It's important to remember that a great diversity of development sites exist downtown, including some that are too small to provide parking."
Kahan said no specific projects are envisioned with the proposed amendment, but it will be possible — once the changes are approved at second reading — for developers bringing forward future projects to work with the Downtown Development Authority on addressing parking needs in a city structure.
Wendy Rampson, the city's planning manager, said developers have had the ability to work with the DDA on permits for their projects, but they don't currently count toward meeting off-street parking requirements.
"If this amendment is approved, developers will be able to contract with the DDA for the required number of spaces, plus a surcharge which will serve as a contribution to the Parking and Transportation Fund," she said, adding the details of the policy will be provided at second reading of the amendments.
Potential prices for parking spaces were not available.
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