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File #: 20-1676    Version: Name: 11/16/20 - Resolution Directing Planning Commission to Establish TSD District
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/16/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/16/2020 Final action: 11/16/2020
Enactment date: 11/16/2020 Enactment #: R-20-439
Title: Resolution Directing the Planning Commission to Create a Transit Supported Development District
Sponsors: Christopher Taylor, Julie Grand
Related files: 20-0438, 23-1973
Resolution Directing the Planning Commission to Create a Transit Supported Development District
A resolution was introduced by City Council on April 6th to direct the Planning Commission to create a Transit Supported Development District (Legistar File 20-0438). City Council voted to lay the resolution on the table. Under Council Rule 16, the resolution is demised because it was not taken up again within 6 months. This is the same resolution reintroduced for consideration.
Whereas, Housing costs are typically a household's largest single expense, critically affecting quality of life;

Whereas, Ann Arbor has become unaffordable for 45% of households making $35,000.00-$49,999.00 a year, 87% of households making $20,000.00-$34,999.00, and 94% of households making under $20,000.00 [1];

Whereas, Ann Arbor is the least affordable city in Michigan with median rents 22% higher than the rest of the state [2];

Whereas, Neighborhoods such as Arbor Oaks and Water Hill are seeing significant demographic shifts due to a lack of housing options city-wide;

Whereas, Results from the 2018 City Budget Prioritization Survey clearly indicate Ann Arbor residents believe affordable housing should be a policy and budgeting priority;

Whereas, Expanding the supply of affordable housing is a complex issue, requiring many strategies;

Whereas, Decades of research and experience show that allowing housing to be built, especially near transit corridors, improves affordability community-wide [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9];

Whereas, Additionally, the A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Strategy necessitates a reduction of vehicle miles traveled by a minimum of 50%;

Whereas, Housing people near bus lines and employment centers encourages residents to drive less;

Whereas, Ann Arbor's current Master Plan identifies transit corridors as Plymouth-Fuller, State, Jackson, and Washtenaw. Some of these corridors are under-utilized, often with single-story strip malls without any hous...

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