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More Public Input for Development Projects

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council hopes public input earlier in the development process will help both city residents and prospective developers.
Council voted unanimously Monday night to have city staff and the planning commission develop an ordinance requiring developers to engage more citizen participation in their projects.
City council member Sabra Briere says the ordinance is an effort to avoid angry confrontations between residents and developers as city council considers development proposals.
Last month, council rejected a pair of proposed developments that were opposed by residents near the development sites.