The Planning Services section of the Community Development and Public Works Department provides current and long range planning functions for the City. Under the direction of the City Council, with input from the Planning Commission, the department shapes the future of Auburn by generating a vision for the Comprehensive Plan based on community feedback, fostering design through planning controls, preserving our unique heritage, and encouraging a broad range of housing and diverse job base.
Planning Services is responsible for annual amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code, Subdivision Ordinance, local SEPA ordinance, and other growth management plans and regulations. Development review is also a function of Planning Services which includes review of development projects for consistency with land use regulations such as the zoning code, subdivision code, critical area regulations, the processing of land use applications, and the promulgation and administration of land use and environmental codes.
Development review involves considerable interaction with citizens and developers on a day-to-day basis at the front counter and at several points throughout the development permit. Review of development applications involves coordination with other city departments and frequently involves coordination and collaboration with other jurisdictions or agencies.
Staff support is provided to the City Council, Planning Commission, and Hearing Examiner on planning related issues and projects.