Auburn's newly adopted and updated Comprehensive Plan is organized around seven main value statements. The value statements were developed by the community during the Imagine Auburn visioning initiative in which the City sought out input from a broad range of stakeholders through a social media campaign, grocery store kiosk interviews, committee meetings, community workshops throughout the City, a Vision Open House hosted by Mayor Nancy Backus (video below), and an online questionnaire which received over 500 responses!
A synthesis of the input received during the visioning initiative can be found in the Community Vision Report. All findings reflect the community, and represent participants' expressed needs and desires for Auburn.
The seven value statements highlight topics that are important to the community and establish a basis for evaluating future City policies, regulations, actions, investments, budget priorities, grant-seeking priorities, and other community decisions.
The value statements provide a foundation and format for the Comprehensive Plan and its implementation, which includes the development of capital facilities, transportation, and parks and open space plans. These values are the core of how the City makes choices.
The seven value statements are:
|CHARACTER means developing and preserving attractive and interesting places where people want to be. We will create and maintain high quality neighborhoods, places, and spaces.|
|WELLNESS means the promotion of community-wide health and safety. We will build and maintain an environment that promotes public safety and healthy lifestyle options.|
|SERVICE includes providing transparent government service. We will be an efficient, approachable, and responsive City government.|
|ECONOMY includes encouraging a diverse and thriving marketplace for consumers and businesses. We will provide a diverse and vibrant local economy with employment, retail, and entertainment opportunities for citizens and a growing marketplace for homegrown and regional-scale businesses.|
|CELEBRATION includes celebrating our cultures, heritage, and community. We will celebrate diversity and creativity and come together to teach, learn, and have fun.|
|ENVIRONMENT means stewarding our environment. We will protect the natural environment, preserve open space, and create appropriate access.|
|SUSTAINABILITY means creating a sustainable future for our community. We will balance natural resource protection, economic prosperity, and cultural vibrancy in order to build a thriving and long-lasting community.|