Casting a New Vision

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We are getting excited!  The Planning Commission will gather again this Thursday with the community in the Downtown to discuss a new direction for properties on both sides of Auburn Road, between I-75 and the Clinton River Bridge.

Last November, folks in that area told us that they wanted to be included in the Downtown.  Many felt like their neighborhood was disconnected and forgotten.  Like a line was drawn in the sand and they were left out.  Interestingly, their homes are zoned for industrial use and have been that way for over 50 years.  The problem is that their lots are small and no one is coming to buy up all their properties to create an industrial park.  The current zoning does not allow for them to add-on or renovate their homes.  They gave us clear direction:  “We want to be a residential neighborhood … We want to be connected to the Downtown, not an afterthought.”  The Planning Commission agreed.   A new vision was needed.

We invite and encourage all who may be interested to attend the meeting on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1 in the Downtown.   Also, come see some realistic redevelopment ideas for the land west of the Clinton River Bridge.  The concepts have been designed to connect the neighborhood with the Downtown, create a sense of place, and improve property values.   You don’t have to live in the area to participate.  Come learn more about city planning and your community.

In Auburn Hills, plans and visions like this one don’t just sit on a shelf.  Things get done.  So, you can see why we are so excited.