They Do A Lot!

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Last night, the Auburn Hills Planning Commission approved their annual report of activities.  It was pretty interesting to see all that they accomplished in just one year.  Click here to read their report.

What do they do?  This dynamic group of Auburn Hills residents advises the City Council on a variety of land use and zoning issues.  They guide the physical development of our town.  Simply said, they help shape our community’s future.  I think you’ll see … they do a lot!

The Planning Commission recently celebrating Shawn Keenan obtaining professional city planner certification

The Planning Commission recently celebrating Shawn Keenan obtaining professional city planner certification

Busy Night Ahead for the Planning Commission

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

I’m sure the members of the Auburn Hills Planning Commission will tell you that they’re never bored serving our community.  It seems like their work is never done.

As a little background, the Planning Commission is a citizen board made up of nine residents who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council.  They’re essentially volunteers (receive a very small stipend) who serve as a “sounding board” for the City Council by holding public hearings and making sure land use and zoning proposals meet Auburn Hills’ high standards.

The award-winning Auburn Hills Planning Commission

The award-winning Auburn Hills Planning Commission

Each time they get together they tackle interesting and unusual topics.  They will meet again Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chamber to review the following:

Click on the highlighted links to review each item

  1. Meeting Agenda – Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  2. Special Land Use Permit – Pontiac Silverdome I-75 Billboard Replacement
  3. Zoning Ordinance Revision – Holiday Sales Lots Rules
  4. Zoning Ordinance Revision  – Allow Taller Buildings in the Industrial Districts

Feel free to come to the meeting and see the unique role these folks play in guiding the development of our town.

Planning Commission Meets Tonight

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Well, tonight is the final meeting of the year for the Auburn Hills Planning Commission.  The only regular business item on their agenda is the public hearing and review of a senior assisted living facility called Angelica’s Place.

To learn more about the project click here … “Angelica’s Place” Planned for Walton Boulevard Site.

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The meeting will be held tonight (December 11th) at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  So, come join us to learn more about this excellent project.

The Real Dream Team

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

People still talk about the “greatest team ever assembled.”

After a disappointing showing in the 1988 Olympics, the United States decided to send its best NBA players to the 1992 Olympics to show everyone who really ruled the basketball world.  The media gave them a suitable nickname … The Dream Team.

As expected, the NBA players dominated the competition, won the Gold Medal, and restored national honor.

As I drove home Tuesday night, after our Planning Commission meeting, I couldn’t help but smile and reflect about our “Dream Team” of lay planners.   The Commission had just finished another excellent meeting covering a number of interesting and complex items ranging from chicken keeping to the large temporary signs displayed on the Chrysler Headquarters building.   I couldn’t help but think to myself, how lucky we are to have this talented group of citizens guiding the land use planning and development direction of our community. 

Over the years, the Mayor and City Council have assembled this outstanding collection of residents who come from a variety of backgrounds such as law, engineering, real estate, and business.  It’s important to recognize that excellence does not happen by accident.  These folks are essentially volunteers (receive a very small stipend per meeting) that have spent hundreds of hours over the years to make our community better. 

So, after reviewing their Y2011-2012 Annual Report of accomplishments at the end of the meeting, it was fitting that the Planning Commission – The Real Dream Team – was awarded Gold Medals for their service.

Members of the Auburn Hills Planning Commission hold up their Gold Medals made by my kids

Thank you, Planning Commission members, for your dedication to the City of Auburn Hills.  You make a great team!