Following the lead of other Michigan cities like Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, the City of East Lansing is gearing up to fight back to retain local control of its historic districts, even while some believe the districts impede productive redevelopment in East Lansing and elsewhere.
Townhouses on Albert Street (above), photo courtesy of Hagan Realty
In a pair of unanimous votes, this week East Lansing’s City Council put through a group of zoning changes that appear designed to encourage more housing for non-students in high-density areas of the City and to discourage housing of large number of students in single dwelling units.
Above: Tom Yeadon and the McGinty firm offices along Abbot Road
Without discussion, last night East Lansing’s City Council passed a resolution authorizing City Manager George Lahanas to put out a call for proposals for a new City Attorney. This follows the City maintaining no-bid contracts for counsel with the East Lansing-based McGinty firm since the 1960s. Tom Yeadon of the McGinty firm has acted as our City’s chief counsel since 2012.
Above: One version of what the City thought the East Village could look like if redeveloped
Tomorrow, the City of East Lansing will host the first meeting of the group convened by City Council to address landlords’ concern about the City telling them they may not make improvements on certain properties. Since 2011, the City has determined that landlords cannot make certain changes to their buildings if they are “nonconforming”—that is, if the buildings don’t meet the zoning for that property.
At a four-hour special meeting of the East Lansing City Council this Saturday morning, January 9, the Council began a discussion with City staff of strategic priorities for the City. We will have a separate report on this discussion when the slide presentations by staff are posted on the City’s Granicus system.
Above: the area in question as seen this past Monday morning.
Last night, following much debate involving numerous residents of the Chesterfield Hills neighborhood, East Lansing’s City Council voted 3-2 to expand permit-only parking in the area. The vote divided along the same lines as previous 3-2 votes on this Council: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, and Councilmember Erik Altmann voted in favor; Councilmembers Shanna Draheim and Susan Woods voted against.
Each week, ELi brings you a “capsule” of what happened at the meeting.
All members present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods.
Vacancies on boards and commissions: Councilmember Draheim pointed out in her report that there are still a lot of vacancies on boards and commissions. She encouraged citizens to apply. To see the list of vacancies, click here.
Above: map showing in cross-hatch where parking may be restricted to cars with resident-only permits
Tonight, East Lansing’s City Council will consider whether to add parking restrictions in the Chesterfield Hills neighborhood. If approved, the plan would expand the area where only Chesterfield Hills residents with pre-arranged permits may park. (See full map of plan.)