If you can figure out the City of Ann Arbor zoning, you're better than me.
The Westside Farmers Market, which has been holding court in the parking lot of Zingerman's Roadhouse, has put off its 2009 season until zoning issues get resolved.
Ann Arbor's Westside Farmers' Market is currently "on hold" due to zoning restrictions from the city of Ann Arbor.
That appears to be an oversight in the regulations, and city officials are working to change the code, said City Council Member Carsten Hohnke, whose 5th Ward includes the property.
I read through city code; it appears that C3 zoning (5:10.23) for the properly in question is preferential to properties where automotive access is the characteristic function:
The get-out-of-jail-free card is this language on special use permits, as described in the C-1 Local Business District language (5.10.15):
The question, is appears, is whether the C-1 "special events" language applies to C-3 zoning, or whether there is no permit possible for someone in the automotive, big box, strip mall and huge parking lot district to ever do a temporary outdoor sales area.
Given that Zingerman's had a previous permit for this use I suspect there's some other story not yet being told. Your guess is as good as mine what prompted this whole snafu. Zingerman's has had disputes with the city about their 322 E Kingsley property's zoning , which have come to council recently.