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File #: 15-0701    Version: Name: 7/6/15 Racquet Club of Ann Arbor Sidewalk Waiver
Type: Resolution/Public Hearing Status: Passed
File created: 7/6/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: 8/17/2015 Final action: 8/17/2015
Enactment date: 8/17/2015 Enactment #: R-15-280
Title: Resolution to Waive Sidewalks at the Racquet Club of Ann Arbor, 3010 Hickory Lane (CPC Recommendation: Approval - 6 Yeas and 1 Nays)
Attachments: 1. 3/17/15 Planning Staff Report, 2. 3/17/15 Planning Commission Minutes, 3. AARC Revised Site Plan with Sidewalks, 4. 8/5/15 Planning Staff Report
Related files: 15-0324
Resolution to Waive Sidewalks at the Racquet Club of Ann Arbor, 3010 Hickory Lane (CPC Recommendation: Approval - 6 Yeas and 1 Nays)
Approval of this resolution will allow the waiver of the installation of a portion of the public sidewalks required in the Racquet Club of Ann Arbor Site Plan. The Racquet Club of Ann Arbor is requesting the waiver.

Public sidewalks must be constructed on the site's Hickory Lane and Geddes Avenue frontages, as required by the City's Public Services Standard Specifications (PSDSS). The PSDSS allows minor variations to the specifications and requirements for sidewalks by the Public Services Director in exceptional circumstances, but requires that major variations to these specifications which relate to City policy aspects of these specifications must be approved by City Council resolution.

The Planning Commission on March 17, 2015 recommended denial of the Club's request to waive the public sidewalk requirement along Hickory Lane and Geddes Avenue. Subsequent to the Planning Commission meeting, the petitioner revised the site plan to respond to Commission concerns by including the sidewalk segment along Hickory Lane from the main entrance drive north to Geddes Avenue.

At its July 20, 2015 meeting, City Council approved the site plan but postponed action on the sidewalk waiver request and referred the revised sidewalk proposal back to the Planning Commission for its review and recommendation regarding the remaining two sidewalk segments.

On August 5, 2015, the Planning Commission reviewed more detailed information provided by the petitioner about the cost and feasibility of constructing a public sidewalk in the Geddes Avenue right-of-way (see attached staff reports). The Commission recommended that City Council approve the Racquet Club of Ann Arbor's request for a waiver from the requirement to install public sidewalks along the Geddes Avenue and Hickory Lane (south of the entry drive) frontage...

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