The City of Ann Arbor has 101 listed boards and commissions, according to the city's Legistar service. (There are a number of them that are inactive.) This is an indication that there's some kind of public process by which decisions are made and where citizens can give their input.
One of the listed groups is the Downtown Area Citizens Advisory Council, which should be a citizen's group providing public input into the Downtown Development Authority's planning and development efforts. Of late that group has been dominated by its chair, who has been on the board since its inception in the 1980s.
A citizens advisory group has no power, in that it only reports in an advisory role and doesn't actually make any decisions. Unlike other parts of civic government, it does have a set voice at the table at every DDA meeting, and the chair has been outspoken about many civic issues.
You'd expect that this gorup would keep meeting minutes like every single other city board and commission. Alas, the quality of the latest set of meeting minutes I looked at was substandard ; it didn't list who was at the meeting, when it met, what was discussed by members of the group, or any record of public participation. The question has to come up: if there aren't good meeting minutes, is this board being run properly? In particular, is the chair claiming a broad consensus of public opinion for issues that have not been discussed publicly?
I've asked the city clerk for meeting minutes for the past year and a half so that I can see for myself what is going on.
Ann Arbor Chronicle on a meeting where the expired terms came to an issue in public commentary; follow the comments.