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Monday, November 16, 2020

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: November 16, 2020

Gentle readers, tonight is the first session off the new council. So exciting. Here's the agenda

The evening kicks off with a light, 11 item, consent agenda. CA-1 is a resolution to remove parking on the north side of Scio Church Road between South Maple Road and Greenview Drive. CA-3 through CA-5 are accepting grants for drug, veterans, and mental health courts. CA-6 is purchasing of new patrol vehicles for AAPD. 

There are no public hearings on the docket this evening. C-1 is the first reading of an ordinance that would make it so solar panels don't count towards maximum building height when you have a flat roof. DC-1 is council committee appointments. 

DC-2 is very exciting. It's a resolution directing planning commission to create rules for a transit supported development district. This would allow for greater density, remove parking minimums, and maybe permit more uses along corridors that are well served by AAATA. This is a great way to make our city more climate friendly and more walkable. 

I don't entirely understand DC-4, a resolution directing Planning Commision to update the State Street Corridor Plan and examine the feasibility of a Transit Supportive Development Zoning District. It looks like a much, much weaker version of DC-2. 

As always, gentle reader, I am probably forgetting some very important items here. What agenda items are you most looking forward to seeing. I am guessing that tonight will be another late night around the virtual council table. Hopefully we will see you there. The CTN stream starts at 7 pm. Make sure you follow the action on the #a2council hashtag.

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