Monday, March 15, 2021

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: March 15, 2021


Gentle readers, it's #a2Council Night in Ann Arbor. Here's the agenda. Also, make sure you check out the latest episode of the A2AF podcast, which covers this meeting. 

The evening kicks off with a brief, 10 item consent agenda. Of note, three street closures. CA-7 is for Take Back the Night, April 1st. CA-8 is for the Dexter Ann Arbor Run,  August 15th. CA-9 is temporary closure of downtown streets for retail and dining. 

There are 5 public hearings on the docket tonight. PH-1 and PH-4 are township island annexations. PH-2 is on amending the new Sidewalk Ordinance. This is a second reading of this ordinance. If I recall, this make it clear that new developments are required to build sidewalks. PH-3 is the second reading of an ordinance that would ban landlords from asking about criminal history on rental applications. I hope this goes through. PH-5 is on the site plan for Lewis Jewelers at 300 S Maple. 

Moving down the agenda we have the ordinance first readings. C-1 is an ordinance to rezone 700 N Main from PUD to R4C. This will allow the site to be developed into 22 townhouses. C-2 is a change to the way Ann Arbor does dog licenses to make it so that licensee renewal coincides with rabies vaccines. C-3 is the first reading of an ordinance that would reduce fines for not shoveling sidewalks. 

Wrapping things up we have DC-3 which lays out what to do with Ann Arbor's Marijuana Excise Tax. This is aimed at undoing a lot of the damage that the war on drugs has done locally. DC-6 is a resolution recognizing the transgender day of visibility. 

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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