The Snow Will Not Hinder Them

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City reads: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  Well, you can expect the same from your Planning Commission.

Despite reports of perhaps the 3rd storm of the century anticipated for this winter, the group still plans to meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Robert W. Grusnick Public Safety Building.

It will be an interesting session as the Planning Commission will tackle a wide variety of topics.  Such as,

  • Talk to representatives from Oakland County about their One Stop Ready Program, as Auburn Hills is anticipated to become a leader in the initiative.  The program encourages Oakland County municipalities to be ready for development in terms of ease of project review and transparency, so that our region can out perform places like Silicon Valley in Northern California or the Research Triangle in North Carolina.  The key is to serve the customer.  Hey, that’s what we’re all about!
  • Hold a public hearing and provide a recommendation to the City Council on allowing taller building heights in our industrial districts.  As one of Michigan’s premier industrial employment centers, Auburn Hills is working proactively to address the growing demand in the marketplace for manufacturing and warehouse facilities with higher ceilings.
  • Roll-up their sleeves and work through the framework of developing a Complete Streets Policy.  The policy will help guide future decisions on how to plan for all modes of transportation (e.g., cars, pedestrians, bicycles, and transit) within our roadways.
  • Continue their work with Planning for the Aging Population in our town.

As you can see, the Auburn Hills Planning Commission is little too busy to let a few inches of snow slow them down.  Luckily, we can trust that our Department of Public Services will always have the roads clear and safe.


So, we hope you can brave the elements and attend.  The meeting will be an interactive one, so that you will have the opportunity to participate with one of the most innovative planning groups you’ll ever see in government.