||The Ann Arbor area is a friendly community with big-city sophistication; a world-class educational and high-tech research center nestled in a quintessential college town; a close-knit community of charming neighborhoods with a rich mix of cultures. The Ann Arbor campus has plenty to inspire and entertain.
Ranked as the #2 Best College Town in America, Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan go together like Maize and Blue! With more than 43,000 undergrad and graduate students, campus life is interwoven with city life.
Ann Arbor is a successful tech hub, attracting entrepreneurs, start-ups and tech giants such as Google. The talent pool and resources rival that of Silicon Valley but with a Midwestern culture and relatively lower cost of living than the Bay Area or New York City. Ann Arbor is the perfect climate for tech companies to find success, stability and growth.
Although geographically small, the area is perhaps most renowned for its entertainment, athletics, cultural offerings, dining experiences and nightlife. On almost any given weekend, a visit to Ann Arbor will coincide with one of the many festivals and special events hosted in Ann Arbor. Two of the most recognizable traditions are the Ann Arbor Art Fair and University of Michigan football. Every July, the award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fair transforms the downtown streets into an art gallery featuring thousands of juried artists. In the fall, each football Saturday brings more than 100,000 people to town for tailgating and fill "The Big House" to watch the University of Michigan Wolverines. In the winter, holiday light festivals and the Ann Arbor Folk Festival are always crowd pleasers. April brings the thaw and a weekend unlike any other as we celebrate whimsy during FoolMoon and FestiFools.
Described as an urban oasis, the Ann Arbor area is also the perfect four season destination for outdoor enthusiasts. You'll discover golf courses, trails groomed for hiking and cross-country skiing, some of the best canoeing and kayaking in southeastern Michigan along the twelfth nationally recognized water trail — the Huron River.
||Intent. This district is primarily for office buildings. The office district classification will be applied as a transitional use buffer between residential uses and uses which would be incompatible in direct contact with residential districts.
(2)Permitted principal uses. (a)Executive and administrative offices for establishments whose plants, warehouses or outlets are not permitted in the "O" district. (b)Any office in which goods, wares or merchandise are not commercially created, displayed, stored, exchanged or sold, such as the following: 1.Business offices of a public utility, real estate, insurance, commercial or industrial establishment. 2. Offices of physicians, dentists and other health practitioners; legal, engineering, architectural and surveying services; accounting, auditing and bookkeeping services. 3. Finance, insurance and real estate offices; travel bureau; and banks.4.Government offices.5.Business services such as: advertising, consumer credit reporting agencies, mailing list and stenographic services, business and management consulting services. 6. Office of nonprofit organizations, such as professional membership organizations, labor unions, civic, social and fraternal associations, political organizations and religious organizations. 7.Beauty salons providing beauty treatments such as hair cutting, coloring and styling; hair removal; manicure; pedicure; skin care; and therapeutic massage. Incidental sales of products used in the salon shall occupy no more than 25% of the total floor area. (c)Any permitted principal use of the R4B dwelling district, subject to all of the applicable use regulations of the R4B district. (d)Artists' studios, provided no more than 25% of the total floor area of the studio is used for the display and sale of articles which are produced in the studio. (e)Funeral homes. (f)Private colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning, offering courses in general, technical or religious education. (g)Hotels. (h)The City Council may, by resolution, designate certain dates and locations as special events temporary outdoor sales areas. The resolution shall include conditions and standards of conduct to be in force for outdoor sales and displays on private property. A property owner who wishes to conduct outdoor sales and displays on his or her private property, as provided for in the Council resolution, shall first apply for and receive a zoning compliance permit by the date designated in the resolution. The conditions and standards contained in the resolution shall be conditions of the zoning compliance permit issued to a property owner. Failure to comply with the conditions set in the resolution shall be a violation of this ordinance section and shall be grounds to revoke all permits granted to the property owner for the duration of the special event identified in the resolution.
(3)Special exception uses pursuant to section 5:104. (a)Veterinary hospitals and kennels providing medical, surgical, boarding, grooming and bathing facilities for small nonfarm animals such as dogs, cats and birds. All facilities must be completely enclosed in a sound proof building in such a way as to produce no objectionable odors at the lot lines. (b)Indoor court game facilities, including, but not limited to, handball, racquetball, paddleball, squash, ping-pong and similar uses, when located in an enclosed building. (c)A drive-thru facility that is an accessory to a permitted principal use in the O office district, provided that the facility is not located between a street and the principal building, and the vehicular circulation to enter and exit the facility does not impair the general vehicular circulation on the site or the pedestrian circulation on and off the site.