Monday, May 4, 2020

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: May 4 2020

It's Council Night in Ann Arbor. Here's tonight's #a2council agenda.

The evening kicks off with a modest 12 item consent agenda. CA-2 and CA-3 are sidewalk gap fillings.

Holy Cow. Then we have 14 Public Hearings. PH-1 is a township island rezoning.PH-2 through PH-6 are rezoning land as public land. Most of which are creating new nature areas. PH-7/B-7 is an ordinance to amend the DDA's rules to allow them to support affordable housing at 60% AMI rather than 50%. PH-8/B-8 is the Garnet rezoning. This project came forward earlier requesting Campus Business District rezoning. That was turned down for reasons. Now it is coming back as a PUD. This project looks good, and I hope that it can go forward, get approved and get built. PH-9/DS-1 is on the Barton Drive resurfacing project. Notably, council removed the bike lane that staff had recommended. PH-10/DS-2 is the special assessment for sidewalks that are part of the Barton Drive assessment. PH-11/DS-3 and PH-12/DS-4 are also sidewalk gap special assessments. Finally, PH-14 is a public hearing on the next FY budget.

DC-2 is another exciting item. It's a resolution to support Fair and Equal Michigan's ballot initiative to amend Michigan's anti-discrimination law. DC-4 is a resolution to give money to the Shelter Association of Washtneaw County to help with their COVID-19 response.

DC-5 and DC-7 are both resolutions dealing with lane closures to allow for safer social distancing. I hear they may be consolidated into a single resolution. Transportation Commission Chair, Molly Kleinman, has a good Medium piece about the need for lane closures.

There you have it gentle reader. Please let me know what agenda items you are most excited about or if I missed anything. Make sure you tune in tonight at 7 and follow #a2council on twitter for all the action.

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