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ShapeYpsi Progress – Input Considered and Implemented

Thanks to all the folks who have participated in the Shape Ypsi process.  We are fine tuning a draft to be released on August 1, 2013 for public review and comment.  In the meanwhile, check out how your input was used and what others contributed!  Attached are the results from the first round of focus groups that created the guiding values for the plan.  Stay tuned for more in the next week!



Ypsilanti Planning Moves Forward Thanks to Your Participation

Dear Shape Ypsi Participants:

Thanks to all the folks who came out the focus groups the past couple of weeks. We really appreciate your time and effort. For those of you who missed it, you can download the handout outlining the framework for the plan and the poster of proposed transportation improvements. Let us know here or on Facebook what you think – questions, comments, criticism, suggestions, affirmations are all welcome!


The Shape Ypsi Planning Team

Tell Us What You Think About the Washtenaw Corridor

The vision for the Washtenaw Avenue Corridor is one that supports a high quality of life with walkable shopping options, housing choices, efficient transit service, great public spaces, bike paths, and access to educational, cultural and employment centers.

There is survey intended to both complement the ongoing public meetings and provide an opportunity for feedback for people who are unable to attend meetings in person. If you did not attend any of the public meetings, please visit the project website for more information and to view the Powerpoint meeting presentation.

Please answer the following survey questions by end of business on Monday, July 1.

You can take the survey here.

May and June Meetings and Focus Groups

Shape Ypsilanti districts

Attention Shape Ypsilanti participants,

The next few weeks are full of focus groups! We hope you can take some time and attend one of the following sessions:

ReImagine Washtenaw Public Meetings

All meetings are the same format, so you just need to go once! See the Shape Ypsilanti Board for ideas in the City on Washtenaw and take our survey to tell us what you think!

  • May 28, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. at 4135 Washtenaw Ave
  • May 29, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. at 4135 Washtenaw Ave
  • May 30, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. at Carpenter Elementary School in Ann Arbor
  • May 31, 2013 – 2:00 p.m. at McKenny Hall

Implementation Focus Groups

Again, same format for all the meetings! We will ask you what the City should do when to implement its plan for safety, diversity and sustainability in Ypsi!

  • June 3, 2013 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Freighthouse in Depot Town
  • June 5, 2013 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Spark East on W. Michigan Avenue
  • June 11, 2013 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1015 N. Congress

After the focus groups, we hope to have a draft of the plan for comment! Keep tuned at www.shapeypsi.com, on Facebook and Twitter!

Thanks again,

The Shape Ypsilanti Planning Team

What measures do you think should be taken to improve our Neighborhoods?

We have herd the importance of sustainability in Neighborhoods. What measures do you think should be taken to improve our Neighborhoods?

Who Lives in Ypsi?

We have learned that anyone, no matter what age or income, can find a place to call home in Ypsilanti. Do you agree?

City of Ypsilanti continues Master Plan with Design Charrette April 15-18

Designers will engage with residents to design a safe, diverse, sustainable Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti, April, 4 2013: The City of Ypsilanti is continuing the community-driven process called “Shape Ypsilanti” to create a Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance for the City with a Design Charrette April 15-18. The purpose of the charrette to create design solution to create a city that matches the community’s values of safety, diversity and sustainability.

The opening gathering on Mon., April 15 will engage residents about neighborhoods, asking questions about types of housing as well as different land uses such as corner stores and urban gardens. Converting one-way streets to two-way streets will be explored at the Shape Ypsi Studio at 206 W. Michigan on April 16 and April 17, as well as design options for key intersections adjacent to Eastern Michigan University (Cross & Washtenaw, Leforge & Huron River Drive). Water Street design options and a transit-oriented design approach to Depot Town for when commuter rail service starts will be presented by the design team for input at a joint meeting of the Ypsilanti City Planning Commission and City Council at 7 p.m. at City Hall on April 17. The charrette will culminate in a Closing Conversation where designs with community consensus for land use, transportation, housing and economic development will be shared for comment. A schedule of events is below:

Event Time & Place
Opening Gathering April 15 at 6:30 p.m., Eagle’s Nest Room in EMU Convocation Center. 799 N. Hewitt Rd.
Studio April 16 & April 17, 10 a.m. -7 p.m., 206 W. Michigan Ave.
Planning Commission & City Council Joint session April 17 at 7 p.m., City Hall, 1 South Huron Street
Closing Conversation April 18 at 6:00 p.m., SPARK East, 215 W. Michigan Ave.

Follow the process on social media on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. The work is funded by a HUD Sustainability Grant through Washtenaw County.

What do you think if Huron & Hamilton Were 2-way Streets?

We need your feedback!

Washtenaw & Cross Street

We need your thoughts regarding Washtenaw & Cross Street — How can this place be welcoming to pedestrians, cyclists as well as cars?

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