The Planning Department will be focused on accomplishing several current and long-range planning initiatives during the course of the coming fiscal year.
First, the recently completed Downtown Master Plan (DMP) will begin its implementation phase. This requires that the Department draft zoning regulations that are designed to facilitate the vision set forth in the plan document. This includes, but is not limited to, the prospect of new zoning district designations for the different areas and neighborhoods that, when combined, represent Downtown Auburn. Standards to be reviewed include, but are not limited to, building height and setbacks, permitted and conditional uses, and floor area ratios (FAR). In addition, future land use map amendments to CompPlan 2030 will be necessary to further clarify the different character inherent in each of the different areas and neighborhoods. These areas are identified in the DMP and include:
1) Urban Core: Traditional Downtown
2) Urban Core: Downtown Expansion
3) Urban Neighborhood: Felton Little
4) Urban Neighborhood: Downtown West
5) Urban Neighborhood: Preservation
In addition, the Department will be continuing its implementation of CompPlan 2030 by performing focus area studies for the South College Corridor as well as for the Martin Luther King, Jr./Bragg Avenue Corridor. These studies are expected to result in some adjustments being made to the future land use classifications for these corridors that were originally devised in 2011.
Last but not least, the Department is partnering with the Parks and Recreation Department to produce, in-house, a Parks, Recreation, and Culture Master Plan that will provide future guidance for decisions related to facilities and services in this area.