Development and Planning

Council Reviews Gateway Project

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Image: The empty lot where DTN is proposing to build “The Gateway”

City Council last night reviewed the plans presented by the developer DTN for their proposed “Gateway” project, a planned “four-story, mixed-use building with approximately 6,434 square feet of non-residential space including a bank with a drive-through, 39 two-bedroom apartments and structured parking.”

Council Capsule: April 14, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Image: artist’s rendition of the planned security entrance for City Hall and 54-B District Court

All councilmembers were present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Scene Metrospace: Council discussed a staff-proposed transfer of management of Scene Metrospace to MSU. See our special report.

CATA Bus Rapid Transit Plans for EL Evolving

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Above: CATA’s Assistant Executive Director Debbie Alexander (right) presenting to City Council last night; at left are Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris and City Clerk Marie Wicks.

Council Capsule: March 24, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Image: City Council meeting last night

This was a work session of Council so it was not videotaped or broadcast. Audio tape of the meeting is availble on the City's website.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods

Council Capsule: March 17, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Image: Centennial sculpture, courtesy City of East Lansing

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmember Kathy Boyle

Absent: Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Susan Woods

Parks Already Require Only Simple Majority Voter Approval

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Image: The Northern Tier Trail, courtesy City of East Lansing

An emerging point of tension with regard to the proposed Charter Amendment on public land sales set for the May 5 election has been whether parks should be able to be sold with a simple majority approval (50% + 1 vote) of voters instead of the 3/5 (60%) approval currently stated as required in the City Charter. Some have been saying that while they are comfortable changing the charter to require only a 50% voter approval on non-park land, they do not agree with reducing the approval level for park lands.

History of Public Land Sales Shows Voter Responses

Friday, March 13, 2015

On May 5, East Lansing voters will decide whether to vote to change the City Charter’s rule on the sale of public lands. As ELi has reported, the most important effect of this would be to lower the voter approval threshold for the sale of public lands. Public lands, including parks, now require a 60% voter approval over a specified minimum dollar value.

ASK ELi: What's Up with Neighborhoods 1st?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Image: Neighborhoods 1st's Jim Anderson and Don Power.

Neighborhoods 1st, a political action committee (PAC), was very controversial in the November 2014 elections for its involvement in the land sale ballot question and the school board elections. An ELi reader recently asked ELi to find out whether Neighborhoods 1st is going to be involved in the May 2015 election and what we can know about them.

City's e - Town Hall Open for Business

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The City of East Lansing has unveiled e-Town Hall, a new way to interact with citizens and to collect opinions on specific issues. At press time, the site was soliciting citizen opinions on two topics: “What would you like to see done with the Bailey Community Center building?” and “Downtown Visions” which focuses on matters of use and density for future downtown development.

Charter Amendment on Land Sales Could Significantly Alter System

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The City has now made available four draft alternatives for an amendment to the City Charter to change how decisions are made about the sale of City-owned lands. Some Council members expressed an interest in changing this provision in East Lansing’s Charter to be more in line with Lansing’s, but the decision parameters being suggested for East Lansing are different from Lansing’s in an important respect.