Monday, July 1, 2019

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: July 1, 2019

The area plan for the PUD proposal at 841 Broadway.

Gentle readers, it's hard to believe but we are already half way through this season of #a2council. Check out tonight's agenda here. The evening kicks off with a moderate 18 item consent agenda. There are 5 road closures for various races and festivals. There is also a contract for SmithGroup to study affordable housing on the Y-Lot and an RRFB for Eisenhower at Plaza Road.

There are 7 public hearings on tonight's agenda. Three of them (PH-2, PH-3, PH-4) are on the PUD proposed for the old DTE Gasworks at 841 Broadway. This could be a transformative project for a large section of the riverfront that is currently polluted and largely unused.

Another interesting item is DC-3 which would put a proposal in front of voters to amend the city charter to have nonpartisan city elections. This would effectively shift the most important election from the August Primary to November. Notably, this forbids the listing of any party affiliation, so it would not allow a California-style nonpartisan blanket primary where party is listed.

Finally there is the Trinitas settlement, DC-4. This resulted from the city voting against a by-right development. If this is approved, the development is going forward, but will have fewer occupants and parking spaces.

Make sure you tune in tonight at 7 to watch CTN's live stream and follow the blow-by-blow action on #a2council hashtag on Twitter.

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