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Proposed Zoning Map and Zoning Ordinance revision at Ypsi City Council on Tues. Nov. 18, 2014

Thanks to so many in the community who have helped shape this proposed zoning revision. City Council will have a presentation and public hearing at their regular meeting Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.   City staff will be available starting at 6 p.m. for questions on individual properties.  We’d love to hear from you!  View the latest map and ordinance draft at www.cityofypsilanti.com/zoningupdate2014 or in person at the City Clerk’s office, 1 S. Huron Street.  Comments can be e-mailed to wesslerb@cityofypsilanti.com, to 734-483-9646 or in person at the meeting.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Shape Ypsi draft zoning ordinance and map available & community presentations scheduled!

The draft zoning map and ordinance are now ready for your review!  The zoning ordinance and map are one of the key tools to implementing the vision of the Shape Ypsi Master Plan.

The zoning ordinance text is fairly dense, and the draft includes changes to the existing ordinance.  To get a feel for the changes we hope you’ll try to attend one of 5 upcoming presentations of the zoning map and ordinance.  Several meetings will include a neighborhood or business focus, while others will cover the ordinance in its entirety.  The full event schedule can be found here or on Facebook on the Shape Ypsi page.

Click here to view the draft zoning map:  Draft Zoning Ordinance – Sept 12, 2014

Click here to view the draft zoning text:  Draft Zoning Map – Sept 12, 2014

All feedback and comments are welcome.  Feel free to e-mail them to tgillotti@cityofypsilanti.com

Looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming session!

Boys and Girls’ Club site future options presentation and results online

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the presentation on Aug. 21 to talk about options for 220 N. Park Street, the former Boys and Girls Club site.

We had great neighborhood attendance with more than 40 people on a humid night in the Freighthouse Cafe. As promised, the presentation has been uploaded for anyone who missed the session or would like to review it. PowerPoint presentation – Aug. 21

Also – results of voting from those present can be found here: Summary Meeting Results

If you were unable to attend or have additional comments, please e-mail them to Teresa Gillotti at tgillotti@cityofypsialnti.com by Wed., Sept. 3. Thank you!

Stay tuned to this site or the Facebook page for an upcoming presentation schedule on the Shape Ypsi zoning map and zoning ordinance revisions!

Shape Ypsi Master Plan wins state planning award

All of our hard work has been recognized!  The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) has awarded the City of Ypsilanti Master Plan the 2014 Planning Excellence Award – Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan. Named for one of the most famous planners in US history, the prestigious award is given to a comprehensive plan that advances the science and art of planning. The independent jury of American Planning Association members from Ohio, which selected Shape Ypsilanti for the Daniel Burnham award, commented on the functionality of the plan, with solid, realistic implementation strategies.The award will be formally given at MAP’s Planning Excellence Awards on October 8, 2014 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  Congrats Ypsi!

Master Plan Approved and ready for your use!

The City of Ypsilanti Planning Commission approved the Master Plan on October 16, 2013, with revisions.  The adopted master plan is now available to the public.  We hope everyone in the City will find this plan helpful in creating a safe, diverse and sustainable Ypsilanti!

Ypsilanti Master Plan Public Hearing Draft Available

Dear Shape Ypsi Participants,

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Shape Ypsi process.  The draft has been updated based on your feedback, as well as those of your neighboring communities.  The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the master plan, where anyone is welcome to give feedback, this Wednesday, October 16, at 7:00 at City Hall.  After the public hearing, the Planning Commission can consider approving the plan.

The public hearing draft is now available for your review here:  public hearing master plan draft

The changes in the text are in boldface, with a different font. Edits include:

  • The transportation section in reference to the City’s relationship with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (The Ride) and other transportation issues (25-29).
  • A more thorough explanation of the Reimage Washtenaw as well is provided on pages 37-38 & page 60.
  • Clarification on Central Neighborhoods (page 54).  Discussions during the Zoning Charrette as well as further parcel analysis indicate that there are three types of neighborhoods within this classification with their own character which will be preserved.
  • Eco-district text was clarified and the map removed (page 55).
  •  Transportation map (page 37) – more clarification on off-road non-motorized trail north-south through the city
  • Depot Town (page 48) – The sketch extends the festival street along Cross street, effectively wrapping the Depot parcel
  • Reconfiguration of Cross & Washtenaw (page 50) – This segment was sketched out to match the style of the other redevelopment drawings while providing improved context.
  • Ford/Visteon parking lot (page 76) – reorienting some buildings toward the I-94 frontage.

Please e-mail comments to Teresa Gillotti, City Planner, bring written comments to the Planning Department at Ypsilanti City Hall, and/or speak at the public hearing.

We hope you will continue to participate in this process with the same enthusiasm and passion for the City of Ypsilanti!


The Shape Ypsi Planning Team

Zoning Charrette Events October 7th – 10th

Shape Ypsi is going zoning!  Come help the Shape Ypsi consultant team create the framework for the zoning ordinance at the following events:

  • Codes On the Road, October 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at 511 W. Cross Street.  Walk with the Shape Ypsi consultant team to see how a form-based code can create a safe, diverse and sustainable place.  We will talk about what makes a particular building interesting or not, what makes an area feel comfortable or unsafe, as well as identify what makes a building, street, or park an asset to Ypsilanti and how a form-based code can preserve, improve and create assets for Ypsilanti.
  • Zoning Studio, October 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 511 W. Cross Street.  Participate in activities about land use, building types and the street network that make up the framework of zoning.  All ages welcome!
  • Closing Conversation, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Ypsilanti Senior Center.  Talk about the framework for the City’s zoning – streets, buildings & land uses – and next steps in the process.

Master Plan Presentations in September

We are taking the Draft Master Plan on the road!  Join us to discuss the Draft Master Plan this month:

  • Sept. 9 at 6:00 p.m., EMU Student Center, Room 310A
  • Sept. 10 at 6:00 p.m., City Hall with the Historic District Commission
  • Sept. 19 at 8:00 a.m., SPARK EAST with the Downtown Development Authority
  • Sept. 25 at 3:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Regent Hotel Banquet Room with the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau

Ypsilanti Master Plan Draft Available for Your Review

Dear Shape Ypsi Participants,

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Shape Ypsi process.  A draft plan is now available for your review here.  We want to hear your feedback on this draft – what is right, what is wrong, what can be done better!  Here are the ways to give your input:

The draft is under review by the public and adjoining municipalities (required by Michigan law) until late September. Ypsilanti City Council and Planning Commission will be reviewing the draft at a joint meeting on August 21st from 6:00 to 7:30 at City Hall – please attend if you can! After the review period has ended, one final rewrite will occur and the adoption process by the Planning Commission, that includes a public hearing, will occur. We hope you will continue to participate in this process with the same enthusiasm and passion for the City of Ypsilanti!

The steering committee will be holding a series of presentations of the master plan over the next two months.  Check back to the website or Facebook for a list of presentation dates and times.


The Shape Ypsi Planning Team

We’ve Gathered Your Feedback

First, the ShapeYpsi team would like to thank everyone for their involvement in this process. We’ve had amazing participation, demonstrating how passionate the citizen of Ypsilanti are. We’ve taken all the feedback you’ve given us since the start of this project and compiled it into three documents which will influence our master plan draft. We encourage you to look through the feedback we’ve gathered to see what suggestions and recommendations we’ve recieved.

Implementation Focus Groups – Actions and Consensus Time Frames

May-June 2013

Participants were asked to select time period (Ongoing, 1-5 years, 5-10 years, 10-20 years, or “Don’t do it”) for over 50 actions to implement the Master Plan. The table below shows were consensus, or the lack of, was across the groups for each action.

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Discover Charrette – Values Vote/Shape Tallies

March 12-15, 2013

At the studio and at the opening gathering during the Discover Charrette, participants were asked to write on sticky notes what they want to preserve, create and change in the City of Ypsilanti.

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Focus Groups – Values Vote/Shape Tallies

Jan-Feb 2013

Each focus group member had an unlimited number of votes for brainstormed guiding values they felt were important. Each group member had one shape to place by the guiding value they felt was most important to discuss.

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