Taking A Look Back, Before Moving Forward

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Last week, the Auburn Hills Planning Commission took action to start the process of amending the City’s overall Master Land Use Plan.  It’s the board’s duty to review this living document every five years.

The City updates this plan every five years
The City updates this plan every five years

For the past 15 years, the Planning Commission has developed a very unique and successful planning style.  The group updates a brochure format master plan every five years as a guiding document for the whole City, then conducts targeted studies in areas facing growth and change annually.

It’s an excellent planning process because it helps the City obtain input from people on issues that impact them directly, thus helps both the Planning Commission and the City Council make better land use and infrastructure decisions.

In preparing for the next five years, the Commission took a look back at the past five years.  Since mid-2009, they have reviewed 53 development projects and facilitated the following planning and zoning efforts:

Lastly, the group’s efforts have been recognized by the Michigan Association of Planning with two awards for excellence.  The City of Auburn Hills received the best planning project award for the Riverwalk Master Plan in 2010 and the best planning practice award for the Electric Vehicle Readiness Project in 2013.

Can’t wait to see what the next five years will bring.