Ann Arbor Area Community News
An Ann Arbor News article looks at where Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje and challenger Jane Lumm stand on key issues of growth, density, and the “Greenbelt.” The candidates share many views, agreeing that more high-rise residential buildings will be necessary in Ann Arbor but opposing the proposed North Main Condominiums. Regarding the “Greenbelt” millage, Lumm would like to see a more rigid division of funding toward city parks (1/3) and the purchase development rights in the townships (2/3), while Hieftje stresses the need for flexibility. Moreover, Lumm criticizes the recent reorganization of the city planning department under the city administrator, which she says “compromises planning autonomy.” Hieftje defends the move as a means to streamline the development process.
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