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City Council: Citizen Participation

8. September 2008 • Juliew
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Monday, September 8 at 7:00 pm.
Ann Arbor City HallAgenda


  • Approval of Citizen Participation Ordinance
  • Rezoning of the Polhemus House, which was moved to Pontiac Trail, to PUD to allow a museum highlighting the African American culture and history in Washtenaw County
  • Revisions to the Sidewalk Vendors Program
  • Resolution to approve 42 North Site Plan on Maple Road (postponed from 7/21 and 8/18 meetings)
  • Resolution establishing Ann Arbor Industrial Development District for 201 Depot Street

  1. The Ann Arbor Chronicle has interesting articles related to this City Council meeting. The first is that the meeting will actually start at 6:00 on Monday to allow for a closed session. This is not reflected in the minutes, but more information can be found in the Chronicle article here.

    The other article related to this meeting is about the Sidewalk Vendor regulations and enforcement. To see the unfortunate experience of one hot-dog vendor, click here.

       —Juliew    Sep. 8 '08 - 03:10AM    #
  2. Does anyone have any additional info on the Citizen Participation Ordinance? Google isn’t helping me on this one….


       —TeacherPatti    Sep. 8 '08 - 03:33AM    #
  3. “Does anyone have any additional info on the Citizen Participation Ordinance? Google isn’t helping me on this one.”

    The spirit of this initiative is to require developers to engage neighbors very early in the process of bringing a project forward, with the idea that a collaborative effort from the get-go could lessen the likelihood of bitterly-fought battles between neighbors and developers at the time council approval is sought.

       —HD    Sep. 8 '08 - 04:50AM    #
  4. Thanks, HD!

       —TeacherPatti    Sep. 8 '08 - 05:33AM    #
  5. 42 North was narrowly approved. But even the yes votes declared the project ‘ill advised’.

       —HD    Sep. 9 '08 - 06:31AM    #
  6. The Citizens Participation Ordinance passed unanimously.

    Congrats are due especially to Jennifer Hall, who mentioned the similar pioneering Auburn Hills Ordinance here on Arbor Update several years ago. I picked up the idea, gave it to Sabra, and the rest is history. 8-)

       —David Cahill    Sep. 9 '08 - 05:37PM    #
  7. I really think David should stop taking credit for Sabra’s successes. She is her own person, and she is the one on Council making public policy, and deserves our congraulations for proposing the ordinance, and doing the work to get it passed. So, take a hike, David!

       —Leah Gunn    Sep. 9 '08 - 05:49PM    #
  8. Aw, Lee, don’t you love me any more? 8-)

    Of course Sabra did the work and got it passed. This is a big success for her. I just relayed Jennifer’s idea.

       —David Cahill    Sep. 9 '08 - 07:09PM    #