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Auburn Comprehensive Plan

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Auburn's Comprehensive Plan is the leading policy document that guides the City's evolution and growth over a 20 year period. The Comprehensive Plan identifies the desired type, configuration, and intensity of land uses throughout the city, as well as the character and capacity of public facilities and services like streets and utilities. Policies address critical topics such as housing, the environment, transportation, public safety, and economic development. The Comprehensive Plan also serves as the basis for the City's adoption of development standards and regulations such as City zoning and critical area regulations.

Background on the Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive plan element policies and components required by the Growth Management Act (GMA)links to external site are integrated throughout the Comprehensive Plan. The Plan must also be consistent with Puget Sound Regional Council's Vision 2040 Policieslinks to external site, the King County Countywide Planning Policieslinks to external site, and the Pierce County Countywide Planning Policieslinks to external site.

The Comprehensive Plan is not a static document.  Adjustments to the plan, policies and maps will need to occur over time.  However, the plan may only be modified once per year so that all amendments can be considered at the same time.  Amendments may be proposed by the City or private citizens.  With the help of the residents, business, and the City of Auburn Planning Commission (a volunteer advisory body appointed by the City Council), amendments to the Comprehensive Plan are prepared annually for City Council consideration and potential adoption.

The City is accepting applications to amend the City of Auburn Comprehensive Plan for consideration during the 2017 annual amendment cycle. In order to be considered for the 2017 amendment cycle, applications must be received by 5:00 PM, Friday, June 9, 2017.  Those interested in submitting a comprehensive plan amendment application for consideration during the 2017 annual amendment cycle are encouraged to discuss their ideas with the Planning staff of the City of Auburn Community Development & Public Works Department. You may obtain an application from the City's Forms page.

Auburn's 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update

Following a positive recommendation of approval by the Planning Commission, City Council adopted a major update to the City's Comprehensive Plan December 14, 2015 (Ordinance No. 6584). Completion of the updated Plan followed more than a year of public outreach and participation that began in early 2014 with the City's Imagine Auburn visioning initiative.  

The Volumes and Appendices, provided by the Planning Commission, are listed below and are available for viewing. Staff is now formatting and finalizing the updated Comprehensive Plan. It will feature a easier-to-use and more accessible format than previously adopted Plans. 

The Comprehensive Plan is comprised of a "Core Plan" that provides a broad vision for Auburn in 2035 and lays the foundation for seven independent volumes, or Policy Elements that help carry out that vision.